Honours and Diplomas

Honours

The honours programme is a self-contained course of study which typically follows the completion of an undergraduate degree in the same discipline. It is comparable to a course-based Masters programme in European and North American universities. The department has a long and proud history of producing outstanding graduates through its honours programme.

  • Honours students take a specific number of semester papers and enrol in a research paper which lasts the full year.
  • The slate of papers offered varies from year to year, depending on staff availability. See postgraduate courses for more information on which papers are offered in any given year.
  • The department has two Graduate Studies Coordinators. Associate Professor Alfred Guender (alfred.guender@canterbury.ac.nz)  administers the honours programme in Economics while Professor Glenn Boyle (glenn.boyle@canterbury.ac.nz)  is in charge of honours in Finance.
  • A limited number of papers can be taken outside Economics and Finance in consultation with the respective Graduate Studies Coordinator.
  • A student who has successfully completed the course requirements for the honours degree may be permitted to upgrade to the MCom. Approval must be sought prior to the completion of the 30-point honours project. The MCom requires the completion of a 60-point thesis. For further details see the description of the MCom degree (http://www.econ.canterbury.ac.nz/postgrads/mastersCom.shtml).

Honours in Economics

Degree Requirements:
Honours students in Economics take four papers per semester and enrol in ECON 680 (research paper) which lasts the full year.

Admission Requirements:
Admission to honours requires a "B+" average or better. Students should register their interest in doing honours in Economics by mid-December on LEARN or advise Associate Professor Alfred Guender in writing.

Adequate preparation in intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, and basic econometrics is considered essential for entry into the programme.

The prerequisites for the honours degree in economics differ from faculty to faculty. The following shows the prerequisites for each faculty:

BA(Hons)

ECON 201 or 206; and ECON 213 or STAT 213; and ECON 203 or ECON 321; and 60 points in ECON 300-level courses, including at least 15 points from ECON 321, 322, 323, 324, 325 or 326.

BCom(Hons)

ECON 201 or 206; and ECON 213 or STAT 213; and ECON 203 or ECON 321; and 60 points in ECON 300-level courses, including at least 45 points from ECON 321, 322, 323, 324, 325 or 326.

BSc(Hons)

ECON 201 or ECON 206; and ECON 213 or STAT 213; and ECON 203 or ECON 321; and 60 points from ECON 321, 322, 323, 324 325 or 326.
There are circumstances under which some of the prerequisites can be waived. See the Graduate Studies Coordinator to discuss your particular circumstances.

Honours in Finance

Degree Requirements:
Students taking honours in Finance take three papers per semester plus a research paper (FINC 680) which lasts the whole year.

Admission Requirements:
The prerequisites for entry are

either:

A. BSc or BCom degree with major in Finance, including

  1. ECON 202, ECON 213 or any 30 points from STAT 200-level courses, FINC 205, FINC 331; and
  2. At least a B+ average in 300-level FINC courses.

or:

B. Bachelors degree in a subject other than Finance but including

  1. ECON 213 or any 30 points from STAT 200-level courses, FINC 331 plus an additional 30 points of 300-level Finance.
  2. At least an A- average in 300-level FINC courses.

There are circumstances under which some of the prerequisites can be waived. Contact Professor Glenn Boyle to discuss your particular circumstances.

Students interested in being admitted to honours should consult Professor Glenn Boyle by no later than December of the preceding year.

Honours in Economics and Finance

Degree requirements:
Students enrolling in combined honours in Economics and Finance take four papers per semester plus a research paper that lasts the whole year.

Admission requirements:
Students must either satisfy admission requirements for Economics or Finance honours. For more information contact Associate Professor Alfred Guender or Professor Glenn Boyle.

Honours in Economics/Finance Combined with Other Disciplines

The honours programmes in Economics and Finance allow students to combine their chosen subject with one other subject in the College of Business and Law or the wider university. To qualify for admission, the student must satisfy the entry requirements for both subjects.

Popular choices in the recent past have been:

BCom (Combined Honours in Economics and Accounting)
BCom (Combined Honours in Finance and Accounting)
BSc (Combined Honours in Economics and Mathematics)

For further details on combined honours in Economics and Mathematics, consult Associate Professor Alfred Guender (alfred.guender@canterbury.ac.nz).

For details on degree requirements, see the UC Calendar: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/publications/documents/calendar/faculty_science.pdf

BSc (Honours in Finance and Mathematics)
BSc (Honours in Finance and Statistics)

For further details on the entry requirements for both programmes consult Professor Glenn Boyle.

For details on degree requirements, see the UC Calendar: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/publications/documents/calendar/faculty_science.pdf

The 5 year LLB/BCom(Hons) or LLB/BA(Hons) option (Economics)

Students interested in either degree should talk to the School of Law Academic Manager and the Department of Economics Undergraduate Studies Coordinator.

Diplomas

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science with a Concentration in Economics or Finance

Doing a Postgraduate Diploma in Science is equivalent to doing honours without the research requirement. As such, entry to this programme necessitates a solid knowledge of intermediate economic theory and statistics/econometrics. The diploma comprises eight 400/600 level papers which are chosen in consultation with the respective Graduate Studies Coordinator. Students who initially enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma and successfully complete the course requirements (with a B or better average) can apply to enrol in Part II of the thesis-based (120 pt) MCom.

Further information about the Postgraduate Diploma can be obtained at: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/publications/documents/calendar/faculty_science.pdf

For enquiries relating to the Postgraduate Diploma in Science with a concentration in Economics, consult Associate Professor Alfred Guender.

For enquiries relating to the Postgraduate Diploma in Science with a concentration in Finance, consult Professor Glenn Boyle.
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The Department of Economics and Finance also offers students with a minimum background of Economics and Finance the opportunity to study either or both subjects intensively over a one-year period through the Graduate Diploma. The diploma is offered as transitional route in Economics or Finance for graduates from other disciplines.

Economics students can do the Graduate Diploma in Economics or the Graduate Diploma in Science with a concentration in Economics.

Finance students can do the Graduate Diploma in Science with a concentration in Finance.

The Graduate Diploma in Economics

Students contemplating enrolling in the Graduate Diploma in Economics should have completed an undergraduate degree in any subject. A student typically needs to take and pass eight undergraduate papers in Economics or Finance for a total of 120 points. Of these, 75 points need to be taken at the 300 level.

Please contact Associate Professor Alfred Guender for more information on the Graduate Diploma in Economics (or consult the UC Calendar: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/publications/documents/calendar/faculty_commerce.pdf).

The Graduate Diploma in Science

Again a Bachelors degree is required for admission to the programme. A student typically needs to take and pass eight undergraduate papers for a total of 120 points. Of these, 90 points need to be taken at the 300 level.

For more information on the Graduate Diploma in Science with a concentration in Economics, please contact Associate Professor Alfred Guender.

For more information on the Graduate Diploma in Science with a concentration in Finance, please contact Dr Debra Reed (debra.reed@canterbury.ac.nz).

A more detailed description of the diploma can be found in the UC Calendar: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/publications/documents/calendar/faculty_science.pdf