Economics is the study of how people behave.

Every day, people and society are confronted by choices. Should you go to university or start a career? What should you do with your next dollar? Should the government raise the minimum wage, or not? How do we address the big issues in the world such as poverty and climate change?

Economics is the study of how people and societies make such decisions in the production, exchange, distribution and consumption of goods and services.

Graduates will find careers in a wide range of sectors depending on their interests and complementary skills. Industries that employ Economics graduates include banking, insurance, the energy sector, government and policy, education.

Economics can be a major in the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.  Which degree you take depends on your interests and the other courses you intend to combine Economics with.  Common combinations include:

  • BCom: Finance, Marketing, Accounting
  • BA: Political Science, Philosophy, History
  • BSc: Psychology, Geography, Mathematics, Statistics
  • See the Useful Links section of this page for all required courses in each degree

Economics is also an excellent second degree for those students undertaking the Bachelor of Laws. Economics is also available as a minor in the BA and is a great addition to an Arts degree.

Study opportunities for Economics students include hands-on learning in internships or consultancy projects and a study tour to South America.

This degree plan is for those students who wish to keep open the option of entering postgraduate study in Economics. It is also advisable to have studied Mathematics, Calculus and Modelling in Year 13.

Year 1



Students who take ACCT 102 keep open the option of a Finance major.

Year 2


  • ECON 206 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 207 Intermediate Microeconomics - Households and Government
  • ECON 208 Intermediate Microeconomics - Firms and Markets
  • ECON 213 Introduction to Econometrics

Year 3


15 further points in ECON courses

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

  • 2017 Nicholas Gunby
  • 2016 Damien Looi
  • 2015 Benjamin Davies
  • 2014 Sam Wyma
  • 2013 Amy Rice
  • 2012 Nathan Chappell
  • 2011 Lewis Kerr
  • 2010 Hayden Skilling
  • 2009 Ross Kendall
  • 2008 James Graham
  • 2007 Scott Bowman
  • 2006 Brendan Kite
  • 2005 Katherine Kok
  • 2004 Jake Sunderland
  • 2003 Richard M. Bramley
  • 2002 Catherine Sleeman
  • 2001 Gareth Jones
  • 2000 Isabelle Sin
  • 1998 Blair Adams
  • 1997 Julie Tam

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.

In this challenge for Finance students, teams compete to present the best company analysis, research report, and presentation for an opportunity to vie for the regional and global titles. For business and finance students, it’s an extraordinary CV builder and a chance to interact with the industry’s top firms.

The UC team competes against six teams of undergraduate and postgraduate students from other New Zealand universities. Each team prepares a sell-side investment report and presents their work to the judges, who are CFA Charter holders and work for top fund managers in New Zealand.

UC student teams have consistently featured in the top three since the competition began in 2008.

Why participate in Economics experiments?

  • Make money
  • Earn $14 - $18 on average per hour 
  • Fun and interesting 
  • Be a part of current economic research 
  • Typically, experiments range in length from one to three hours

Watch for information about upcoming experiments on the college Facebook page and sign up here.


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