Business Economics

Business Economics

Business Economics applies the tools and the rigour of Economics to business situations.

Business Economics students must include Finance in their course of study and a minor from the Bachelor of Commerce (excluding Economics). This major is unique to UC.

Students must also take the required capstone course ECON 310, the purpose of which is to allow students to practise using the skills of economics in a business and commercial setting.

Graduates not only have the strength of economics in their degree but also a strong second discipline. The addition of a Master of Business Management (MBM) makes this an attractive bundle for those looking to enter the business and commercial world.

A Bachelor of Commerce in Business Economics leads to the Master in Business Management (MBM). (Students who wish to achieve the qualifications for Chartered Accountancy can elect to enter the Master of Professional Accounting (MPA).

The MBM is an intensive 15 to 18-month professional management degree that includes a substantial (60 point) project in a business or organisation.

Bachelor of Commerce students are encouraged to undertake internships and projects to gain practical experience in business.

Some internships are unpaid and students have been placed in a variety of organisations and industries.

To be eligible for an internship students must complete ECON 207 and 208 or both 200-level Finance courses (201 and 203).

To receive academic credit you enrol in ECON 390 or FINC 390 and complete the required assessment.

Five summer opportunities arise annually with ANZ bank for Economics majors. These are paid roles. Contact Stephen Hickson for more information.

Stephen Hickson

Teaching Fellow
Associate Head of Department Economics and Finance
Business and Law 422
Internal Phone: 93743

The Erskine Fellowships are used to bring distinguished visitors from around the world to UC to contribute to our teaching and research.

Previous Erskine visitors:







Economic Society Prize

  • 2017 Damien Looi
  • 2016 Benjamin Davies
  • 2015 Beini (Echo) Guo
  • 2014 Nick Mulligan
  • 2013 Nathan Chappell
  • 2012 Lewis Kerr
  • 2011 Hayden Skilling
  • 2010 Ross Kendall
  • 2009 Nicholas Sander
  • 2008 David Baqaee
  • 2007 Brendan Kite
  • 2006 Worapree Maneesoonthorn
  • 2005 Shangqin Hong
  • 2004 Richard M. Bramley
  • 2003 Catherine Sleeman
  • 2002 Nicholas NcNabb
  • 2001 Isabelle Sin
  • 2000 Michael Wilkinson
  • 1997 Kerry Papps
  • 1996 Christian Hawkesby
  • 1995 Richard Edlin
  • 1994 Mark Pilbrow
  • 1993 Graeme Guthrie
  • 1990 Mark Carrodus
  • 1989 Julian Wright
  • 1988 Kelly Tonkin
  • 1987 Philip Gunby

Archibald Charles Callaway Prize in Economics

Prize in 200-level Finance

  • 2017 Bing Wan
  • 2016 Yue Gu
  • 2015 Kestrel Ritchie
  • 2014 Beini Guo
  • 2013 Rachel Zhong
  • 2012 Nicky Xiu
  • 2011 Mei Lim
  • 2010 Hayden Skilling
  • 2009 Clyde Bowes

Prize in 300-level Finance

  • 2017 Joshua Allan
  • 2016 Nanxi Dong
  • 2015 Marilyn Woo
  • 2014 Ran Zhong
  • 2013 Nicky Xiu
  • 2012 Mei Lim
  • 2011 Chris Simcock
  • 2010 Julian Bennett-Longley
  • 2009 Samuel Clement

John McMillan Scholarship in Mathematics and Economics

  • 2013 Rebecca Burgess
  • 2011 Alex Warnaar
  • 2010 William Lentjes
  • 2009 Samuel Corbett-Davies
  • 2008 Katy Bergstrom and Ross Kendall

Madam Tiong Guok Hua Memorial Prize

  • 2017 Adam Cox
  • 2016 Shayna Black
  • 2014 Logan Donald
  • 2013 Rebecca Burgess
  • 2012 Richard Ashby
  • 2011 Alex Warnaar
  • 2010 Lewis Kerr
  • 2009 Hayden Skilling
  • 2008 Ross Kendall
  • 2007 Daniel Woods

Northington Partners Scholarship

  • 2016 Michael Jolly
  • 2015 James Hill
  • 2014 Bryn McLennan

Seamus Hogan Memorial Prize

  • 2015 Amy Rice

F.A.Hayek Scholarship

  • 2015 Amy Rice

Motu Environmental Economics Essay Prize

  • 2017 Rosa Bella Hill and Rosemary Irving

The Economics Study Tour to South America is an annual summer semester programme limited to 30 students. In 2018 students will visit four wineries in Chile for an in-depth study of the economics of the Chilean wine industry. 

Prior to departure they will study similar facets of the Canterbury/Marlborough wine industry such as pricing, competitors, output and other economic decisions.  On return they will produce a report comparing the industries in the two regions.

Students who participate in the tour will gain significant experiences and strengths to boost their degrees and CVs:

  • They will be able to apply economic concepts to the given industry.
  • They will be provided with a firsthand and detailed look at the wine industry.
  • They will gain experience in cultural engagement including language and negotiating with people from other countries.

For more information including contacts and prerequisites please see the course information system.

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