Economics and Finance
Whether you choose to study economics, banking, finance or property, a degree from the School of Economics and Finance will equip you with the practical knowledge, established theory and analytical techniques you'll need to excel in your career after you graduate. Our close ties with industry, considerable research expertise and international links will help prepare you for a rewarding career in your chosen field, in the local or global marketplace.
When you study at our school, you’ll gain skills that are especially important in forecasting, planning and strategic analysis of business opportunities. You’ll learn how to think critically and analytically, and develop models appropriate to understanding structural change and the consequences of decision-making in the private and public sectors.
Our learning environment
We aim to provide a learning environment that combines high-quality and innovative teaching practices with leading research. Our strong connection to industry through our advisory boards and academic staff ensures our programs are innovative and responsive to market needs. Continually fine-tuned to keep them relevant, our courses provide you with an intellectually stimulating educational experience. You can also gain the qualifications and know-how you’ll need to gain membership to industry bodies and to establish your career.
Continually striving towards delivering high-quality research that influences industry, the school is home to the Centre for Research in Applied Economics (CRAE) and the Women in Social and Economic Research (WiSER) cluster. Many of our researchers are also involved with the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre , a research partnership between Curtin University and Bankwest. We have extensive and varied research expertise across all of our discipline areas, including econometrics and quantitative modelling.
Our academic staff are involved in carrying out research and consulting for external organisations, which keeps them abreast of industry trends and ensures practical as well as theoretical expertise. Highly qualified, many are armed with industry and international experience in their fields of specialisation. This means our collective staff expertise will help you gain a perspective that is both global and practical.
As a part of one of the Asia-Pacific region’s largest multinational, multicultural business schools, the School of Economics and Finance has a cosmopolitan mix of local and international students, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
At the School of Economics and Finance, we place a great deal of importance on developing and maintaining strong industry links. Many of our staff members have extensive industry experience, working to maintain our industry links to enhance the quality and relevance of our teaching. Our research helps us to further engage with industry and keep up-to-date with innovations, policy changes and professional practice.
As a student, you’ll benefit from these connections with leading industry bodies and organisations through multiple opportunities to actively engage with industry. You may undertake projects for real-world clients, experience guest lectures from industry professionals, and enjoy opportunities for professional placements or internships.
Comprised of business leaders in the field, our advisory board further strengthens our links with industry. Helping to keep us informed of the latest industry developments, the advisory board’s input means we regularly revise and review our courses for the benefit of both our students and industry.
Industry engagement of academic staff
The School of Economics and Finance is closely interconnected with leading professionals and organisations in the field of economics. A number of academics sit on a range of influential boards and commissions, including the Federal Treasury’s Housing Research Panel and the Commonwealth Grants Commission.
Members of the department have conducted contract research or provided consulting services to associations such as the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority, Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Western Australia), Commonwealth Grant Commission, Nokia Foundation, the WA Department of Treasury, and even consulting with the Commonwealth Treasury on housing taxes for the Australian Future Tax System Review (Henry Review).
As a student with the School of Economics and Finance, you’ll benefit from our close links with industry. Through our industry-connected approach to learning, our courses enjoy professional recognition by a number of industry bodies, including:
- Australian Property Institute
- Chartered Financial Association (CFA)
- Economic Society of Australia (Western Australia branch)
- Financial Services Institute of Australasia
- Real Estate Institute of Western Australia
- The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Membership to these organisations can provide you with a wide range of benefits, from guaranteeing your expertise and providing international recognition, to widening your professional opportunities and network.