Economics - Bachelor of Business

Are you logical, analytical and fascinated by how incentives affect human behaviour? Study economics in the Bachelor of Business degree.

The discipline of economics is founded on the three fundamental fields of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. Concepts from these areas can be combined to provide answers to some of the most pressing problems facing the world, such as poverty, unemployment, climate change, crime and inequality. Alternatively, they can be applied to the commercial sphere, and can address issues like domestic and international competition, consumer and firm behaviour, world trade and finance, and economic growth and development.


This is part of the Bachelor of Business.

Part 1

You complete five core papers - refer to the Bachelor of Business overview.

Bachelor of Business

Complete the following paper

ECON502 Economic Principles 2

And choose one of the following papers

You also choose one elective paper from the list below, or from elsewhere at AUT:

Part 2

You develop an understanding of how economic theory can be applied to a wide range of issues faced by consumers, businesses and governments.

Papers may include

Part 3

Workplace experience is the final part of your degree and takes place in your final semester. You can choose to work in an organisation of your choice or complete an applied project, bringing together your learning and gaining valuable experience.

Recent co-operative education placements included:

  • Auckland Council
  • ASB
  • Goldman Sachs
  • KPMG
  • Spark
  • The Warehouse Group
  • Vodafone NZ

Workplace experience in the Bachelor of Business

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of this major are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

  • Acquisition manager
  • Business risk auditor
  • Financial markets analyst
  • Investment banker
  • Service designer
  • Researcher in a consulting firm or non-profit organisation
  • Strategic planner, analyst or policy advisor in a local council

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Economics Careers

Key features
  • Study at an internationally recognised School of Economics
  • Can open up a wide range of career opportunities
  • Complements any other business major
  • Valuable workplace experience in an organisation of your choice
See yourself as
  • Interested in testing theories with empirical data
  • Keen on modelling behaviour with attention to detail
  • Analytical and a good communicator
Roshen Kulwant
Jessica Lee
De Wet van der Westhuizen
Lucian Simmons
Laura Perry

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.