Studying Economics at the University of Waikato will help you see the world in a different light; and understand how to apply this new perspective to help resolve issues in our society. You'll learn how to help people, governments and businesses make better decisions about using natural and financial resources to meet different goals.
Economists contribute to government decision-making on many different issues, such as shaping new laws and taxes, or advising on international trade agreements. They can also be involved in recommending incentives and penalties geared towards changing people's behaviour, such as encouraging people to leave their car at home.
You'll learn how to explain the reasons for different market structures, analyse the implications of government policy, anticipate how people might react to price changes, and demonstrate the gains from trade.
If you're passionate about business, current affairs, finance or maths then economics may be a good fit for you. Economics brings together ideas from many different areas: politics, psychology, sociology, geography, law and statistics.
Be taught by New Zealand's leading economists
When you study Economics at Waikato, you're learning in a department that's ranked first for economics research in New Zealand (PBRF), with nine of New Zealand's top economists teaching classes (RePEc).
While studying at Waikato, there'll be plenty of opportunities for you to make new friends, such as through the Economics Discussion Group. This is a student-led group that gets together regularly to discuss economic issues.
If you wish to take Economics as your 1st Major subject, you'll need to enrol for either the Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours, Bachelor of Arts, or the Bachelor of Social Sciences.
Otherwise you can normally take it as a 2nd Major (8 papers) or Minor subject (4 papers) for any other bachelor's degree offered at the University of Waikato.
If you'd like to gain specialist expertise through postgraduate research, take a look at our Master of Management Studies in Economics.
Waikato is ranked in the world's top 350 universities for Economics by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings 2021. It's also ranked in the world's top 300 universities for Accounting, Finance, and Business and Management Studies.
You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which is ranked in the top 1% of business schools globally thanks to our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.
- Business analyst
- Financial analyst
- Policy analyst / adviser
- Government economist (eg. Treasury)
- Management consultant
- Research economist
- Economics teacher / lecturer
- International trade advisor
Get more detailsVisit official programme website
- The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Birth certificate, passport and permits
- Evidence of citizenship
- Evidence of any change of name (if your name is different from that on your birth certificate)
- A written statement in support of your application, if applicable
- Evidence of any previous tertiary study
- Proof that you meet the academic entry requirements (Completed International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum of 24 points)
- A recognised bachelors degree with a B/B+ average, and a B/B+ average in a relevant subject if required.
International20643 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 20643 USD per year during 12 months.
National4558 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4558 USD per year during 12 months.
- Domestic: $6,332-$6,763 per year
- International: $28,675 - $37,710 per year
Living costs for Hamilton
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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