Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Graduate Certificate in Business (Behavioural Economics)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Course details

CRICOS course code: 031769E

Level of study: Graduate Certificates & Diploma



  • Behavioural economics combines insights from economics and psychology
  • Gain foundational knowledge and analytical skills that are at the intersection of economics and psychology to analyse issues and challenges relevant to industry, government and society.
  • Pursue successful careers as economists, policymakers, business analysts, risk managers, and many other related occupations.
  • QUT's Business School has been ranked number 1 in Queensland and number 3 in Australia for postgraduate studies in AFR's BOSS Best Business School 2022 rankings.
  • Complete in 1 semester full-time.
  • Find out more at our upcoming Master of Business information evening event.

Behavioural economics is designed to equip you with knowledge, critical thinking skills, and technical abilities for understanding human behaviour and analysing the impact of public policy on society, business, and individuals. You'll acquire foundational knowledge of key behavioural economics principles and their application to multiple contexts. You'll develop the ability to contribute to public discourse on contemporary issues affecting Australia and the globe, including environmental concerns, employment, taxation, public health and infrastructure planning. You'll be confident in presenting complex ideas using a variety of communication modes and be keenly aware of the social and ethical landscape in which you're operating.

Behavioural economics is an emerging discipline, which leverages our unique research and teaching strengths, and is increasingly gaining popularity within industry and government.

Careers and outcomes

Behavioural economics graduates are skilled in analytical methods to address real-world problems and issues in government and society. The strong critical thinking focus of the course and the analytical skills developed through application to real-world problems provides graduates with skills relevant for a number of careers spanning the public and private sectors - particularly those involving analysis of policy and the allocation of resources and other factors on the behaviour of firms, industries, individuals and society. Roles directly benefitted by this skill set include those of economists, intelligence and policy analysts, business analysts and risk managers.

The broad appeal of the behavioural economics tool kit serves as the basis for critically analysing policy and resourcing decisions at the macro- and micro-level which means that it has relevance to a wide variety of contexts including government, health and infrastructure. The universality of the behavioural economics analysis approach also makes it attractive as a complementary set of skills that enhance other disciplines including marketing, finance and management.

Business advantage

The QUT Business School's Business Advantage program is a free program offered to all business students. It can help you develop skills through interaction, discussion, cooperation and debate with other students, business, government, education and community leaders. The program includes:

  • guest presentations from inspiring industry, community and university leaders
  • sessions focused on specific social and professional skills
  • challenging interaction aimed at developing skills through new experiences.

You'll also receive a certificate of completion to include in your resume or portfolio.

Not only does this program offer you excellent networking opportunities, but also the opportunity to gain highly relevant experiences and skills that you can apply throughout your career.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 18,400 Per Year
Start date: 26 February 2024
22 July 2024
Duration: 6 months
Study mode: Full time

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Gardens Point Campus & Kelvin Grove campus
Brisbane Queensland 4000

Entry criteria

A completed recognised bachelor degree in any discipline.

IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 6; TOEFL iBT score of 79 with Listening, Reading score of 16, Writing score of 21 and Speaking score of 18; Pearson PTE (Academic) score of 58 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 50; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) score of 176 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 169.


Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Gardens Point Campus & Kelvin Grove campus
Brisbane Queensland 4000