Business Economics

Business Economics

Business Economics applies the tools and the rigour of Economics to business situations. The focus is on managerial economics and informed decision making.

Throughout your degree, you will develop a broad range of analytical and business skills and apply economic reasoning and insight to problems in business or the non-profit sector. By incorporating valuable skills from business disciplines in finance, accounting or management, graduates with a major in Business Ecobomics will enhance their work-readiness and ability to engage and connect with the wider world.

A special capstone course ECON 310 enables students to practise using the skills of economics in a business and commercial setting.

In first-year, BCom students majoring in Business Economics include ECON 104 Introduction to Microeconomics and ECON 105 Introduction to Macroeconomics as core courses. FINC 101 Personal Finance is also recommended.

The compulsory second year courses for the Business Economics major are:

Business Economics students must include Finance in their course of study and a minor from the Bachelor of Commerce (excluding Economics). This means graduates not only have the strength of economics in their degree but also a strong second discipline.

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.

Explore the full list of courses offered in Economics

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. The addition of an MBM makes this an attractive bundle for those looking to enter the business and commercial world.

What is an internship?

An internship is an opportunity to get some practical experience in a business or organisation. Internships are for educational purposes only and there is no expectation of reward or pay and you are not employed by the host organisation or the University. This can be varied by special arrangement and some internship opportunities can be paid (Five summer opportunities arise annually with ANZ bank for Economics majors. These are paid roles.)

There are two types of internships:

  • Project based – you will work on a project, usually as part of a team of students, for a business or organisation.  The project will address a real world question that the organisation wants answered.  Organisations that have engaged students for projects include World Vision, Bradley Nuttall Finance and Ngai Tahu Properties.
  • Work-place based – you will be located in an organisation in a “work experience” environment.  These opportunities will often occur over the summer.  Students have been placed with ANZ Bank (this is a paid opportunity), Environment Canterbury and ACC (students in the latter two received a $1000 fees scholarship).

How do I get an internship?

Students who have completed or who are enrolled in both Intermediate Microeconomics courses ECON 207 and ECON 208) or both level-200 Finance courses FINC 201 and FINC 203, are eligible to apply for any opportunities that arise.  Priority is given to Economics majors and Finance majors.

Can I get academic credit for an internship?

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

Who do I contact about internships?

See Industry and partners for more information or contact Stephen Hickson for more information.

Stephen Hickson

Associate Head of Department Economics and Finance
Rehua 612
Internal Phone: 93743

The Economics Study Tour to South America is an annual summer semester programme that provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about the wine industry on location in Chile and Argentina. The course uses economic thinking to understand the business of produing and selling wine. 

Prior to departure students 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.

This course is limited entry. The maximum enrolment is 30. 

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

  • 2019 Daniel Watt
  • 2018 Nicolas Adams
  • 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

  • 2019 Timothy Taylor
  • 2018 Caitlin Hendren
  • 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

  • 2019 Caitlin Hendren
  • 2018 Andrew Besuyen
  • 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

  • 2019 Sophie Field
  • 2018 Sophie Marris
  • 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

  • 2017 Blake Hansen
  • 2016 Michael Jolly
  • 2015 James Hill
  • 2014 Bryn McLennan

Seamus Hogan Memorial Prize

  • 2019 Andrew Besuyen
  • 2018 Damien Looi
  • 2017 Ben Davies
  • 2016 Jordan Bowler
  • 2015 Amy Rice

F.A.Hayek Scholarship

  • 2015 Amy Rice

Motu Environmental Economics Essay Prize

  • 2017 Rosa Bella Hill and Rosemary Irving

Good Citizenship Scholarship

  • 2018 Chris Wakefield

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