Economics Specialisation - Master of Business

Explore advanced level topics in economics and research an area of your interest with the Economics specialisation in the Master of Business.

If you're doing postgraduate study in economics, you'll work with your peers and with academic staff who have been involved in applied research projects for government agencies around the world and international agencies like the IMF. The AUT School of Economics conducts research in a range of areas, including the effects of international trading arrangements, optimal regulation of labour and other markets, and the use of big data in social programmes.

Class sizes are small and each student has an individual academic supervisor. Many of our postgraduate economics students also work part-time as tutors or research assistants. As part of your studies you learn how to use sophisticated statistical software to analyse business, financial or social data – skills highly valued by many employers.

School of Economics

Download information about economics: honours or master's degrees

This is part of the Master of Business.

Start date: 2023

To graduate with a Master of Business, you must successfully complete 180 points from:

  • Specialisation courses
  • Research methods course(s)
  • A thesis or dissertation

Specialisation courses

These advanced-level economics courses provide you with comprehensive coverage in the latest research and theories in your specialisation, and help you prepare for your independent research thesis or dissertation.

Economics courses

Not all courses listed are offered each calendar year.

Research Methods courses

The research methods courses provide an exploration of philosophical issues underpinning the design of research and the research process.

The courses include training in research methods and analysis to prepare students to conduct a methodologically rigorous research thesis or dissertation.


  • Thesis (90 points) OR
  • Dissertation (60 points)

The class of honours awarded in the programme depends on your grade performance.

Detailed information about courses in this programme

Detailed programme structure and course outlines

Contact us to find out more

Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Postgraduate Research Office

Level 8, WF Building
Phone: +64  921 9906

School of Economics Postgraduate Coordinator

Associate Professor Matthew Ryan
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 5812

Key features
  • World-leading economics school
  • Research strengths include labour and human resource economics, development economics, institutional economics, geographical economics and policy evaluation
  • Globally renowned academic staff
  • Close links with the Centre for Social Data Analytics

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

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