Economics In Queensland Author Clem Tisdell
Queensland is an attractive Australian state as evidenced by the fact that it has the highest rate of population growth of any Australian state and the highest rate of increase in tourism. Clem Tisdell tells us what it is like to study economics in such positive surroundings...
Queensland has nine universities, most of which have multiple campuses, as is common throughout Australia. All of these universities are well equipped with on-line and computing facilities. Brisbane contains the main campuses of four universities. The
Bachelor of Economics degrees can be completed in three years of full-time study selected students may complete an extra year of study to obtain their degree with Honours, so making four years. This is similar to the scottish system but differs from the English one. The course of study in the honours year usually includes a research component, It provides one possible gateway to higher degrees.
Postgraduate offerings by Australian Universities have expanded greatly in the last decade. Broadly speaking, two types of postgraduate programs exist in Australia
(a) traditional programs in which results are primarily based on research and thesis e.g. Doctorate of Philosophy in Economics; and (b) coursework programs which may or not involve a research component. Developments in recent years suggest that the latter programs may once again be divided into two sets: (i) those that cater for increased specialisations in a discipline; and (ii) those which provide a foundation in a discipline with some, but lesser, degree of specialisation as a rule.
The latter professional-type degrees can often be completed in 3-semesters full-time, in one-year if advantage is taken of the Summer Semester. This makes them quite attractive to busy professionals, and competitive in many respects with MBA programs in terms of their duration. In general, these degrees can (a) be used by students who haye specialised in some area other than economics at the undergraduate level to obtain a foundation in economics focusing on their special interests and (b) by those who have specialised in economics and want to update their knowledge.
In addition, Postgraduate diplomas in economics are usually of 2-semesters duration full-time and postgraduate certificates in economics of l-semesterduration are available in Queensland. The latter may be of special interest to students who want to visit Australia for a short duration but would like to be associated with a university and obtain a university award during their stay. Note also that economics may also often be studied as part of other degrees, e.g.MBA, but usually only in a general 'non-specific' way.
Intensive Study Programs
Summer (December-February down under) course and courses offered in intensive-mode are increasingly available at universities in Queensland and elsewhere
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