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Graduate Diploma of Economics


Course Description

Get training in the key areas of economics with our one-year Graduate Diploma.

Ready for the workforce

Our Postgraduate Diploma of Economics program is designed to help prepare graduates to be economic analysts in the public or private sector. It also serves as a stepping-stone towards completing our Master of Economics (MEc) program.

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.
On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Economics, JCU graduates will be able to:
*Analyse economic theory from both historical and recent perspectives
*Consolidate the range of different economic methodologies
*Synthesise sustainable economic, social and environmental practices and value systems
*Critically analyse contemporary economic policy issues using appropriate models and make reasoned recommendations based on an intradisciplinary synthesis of theory and evidence
*Apply creative thinking effectively to economic analysis
*Present complex economic analyses and information appropriately to differing audiences using effective oral presentation skills
*Present complex economic analyses and information appropriately to differing audiences using clear and fluent written communication
*Work effectively towards completing a directed small scale research-based project, demonstrating knowledge of research principles
*Exercise independent ethical judgment in solving different economic policy problems
*Explain characteristics specific to the tropics which are relevant to economic decision making.

Award title

Graduate Diploma of Economics (GDipEc)

Course articulation

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma of Economics are eligible for entry to the Master of Economics, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under the graduate diploma.

[[Entry requirements (Additional)
English band level 1 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.0 (no component lower than 5.5), OR
*TOEFL – 550 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.0), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 79 (minimum writing score of 19), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 57

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University professional programs are internationally recognised and teaching staff are often research leaders in their fields.
James Cook University provides a productive research environment with academic staff and support readily available.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Visit the Graduate Diploma of Economics page on the James Cook University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Completion of an appropriate AQF level 7 Bachelor Degree in a discipline other than economics from this or another university; and Applicants must be able to demonstrate an understanding of foundation level economics - either through completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree subject in economics or through practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Business, Law and Governance; or Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Business, Law and Governance as equivalent to the above.

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