About - Economics and Finance - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

About the Department


Haere mai, nau mai.
Welcome to Finance & Economics.

Photo of Assoc. Prof. Richard Watt
Assoc. Prof. Richard Watt
Head of Department

Welcome to the Department of Economics and Finance. We are a diverse department, comprising two subject areas and teaching into three undergraduate degrees.
Economics and Finance are united in a single department with the two subjects retaining their distinct nature and value. Economics courses are labelled ECON and Finance courses FINC. Students can choose to major in either subject alone or to follow a coherent combined path of study. Some of the department’s 300-level courses are double coded across the two subjects to reflect this approach.
Economics and Finance combine well with most other subjects, which is reflected in the fact that Economics is a major in the BA, BCom, and BSc degrees, and Finance is a major in the both the BCom and the BSc. Students in the BA can major or minor in Economics with a number of courses aimed at the interests of these students.
We value diversity in our student body and strongly encourage students to take courses from across the University.
The lecturers in our department are passionate about what our subjects have to offer and are passionate about the teaching programme. We are always happy to help students plan their degrees.
Work hard and enjoy your studies.

Come on in.
Nau mai.


Location, address, telephone numbers


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Visitor Information

Reception is located on the second floor of the Business and Law building.

Did You Know...

The School of Business and Economics is ranked within the world top 100 for Accounting and top 200 for Economics (2012/13 QS World University Rankings).

The department has an establishment of 17 academic staff, and papers are offered at stages 1, 2 and 3 as part of the B.Com, B.A. or B.Sc. degrees, together with postgraduate papers for the MAFE, M.Com., M.A, B.Com.(Hons.), B.A.(Hons), and B.Sc.(Hons) as 600 level courses.

The Graduate Diploma in Economics (Grad.Dip.Econ.) is offered as a transitional route in economics for graduates from other disciplines.

Business & Law Building