Graduate Diploma in Economics*


This diploma offers students an opportunity to complement and extend their undergraduate studies with further studies in Economics. It is also suitable for graduates with a non-commerce degree who have an interest in economics.

* This qualification is not open to new enrolments in 2017. See the Graduate Diploma in Commerce instead.

Entry requirements

Graduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

Acceptance for the programme will depend on the standard and relevance of previous studies.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Economics or use the admission requirements checker.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification structure and duration

To qualify for the GradDipEcon a candidate must pass at least 120 points (of which at least 75 must be at 300-level) as approved by the Head of Department, normally from ECON207ECON208FINC201 and 300-level Economics (ECON) or Finance (FINC) courses.

A candidate may take fewer than 120 points in Economics or Finance provided that the Head of Department is satisfied that the overall course of study is related to the candidate’s interest in economics.


The diploma can be completed in 12 months full-time or part-time in two to four years.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Economics.

For study planning help contact the Department of Economics and Finance or the School of Business and Economics:

School of Business and Economics
College of Business and Law
University of Canterbury
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3888
Email bsec@canterbury.ac.nz