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Start Date
January, April, June, September

3 year(s) full-time


Time Commitment
10 - 15 hours per week per course

Program Code

Study as
Full-time or part-time

AUD$ 25,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
  • IELTS speaking [6.0]
  • IELTS listening [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Build a fundamental understanding of economics, and graduate with an in-depth understanding of the global business environment.
  • Learn about international markets, foreign exchange, and the financial systems of the world’s major economies. 
  • Explore the historical, cultural, social and political factors affecting international trade and investment. 
  • Discover how to apply logical, data-driven solutions to key business problems.  
  • Gain practical experience during your studies through a virtual internship opportunity.  
  • UniSA Business is accredited by both AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business education and research at a global level.  



Study On Demand – this is a 100% online business degree designed specifically for online learning. With UniSA Online, you can take full control over your study, access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

Economics is the study of decision making. It’s the backbone to everything, from individual decisions to business strategy to public policy making. With the global economy constantly shifting, an understanding of economics and finance is a solid foundation for a variety of career paths. 

In this degree, you’ll learn about complex and multi-faceted economic and financial environments, exploring a range of topics from interest rates and inflation to economic growth and development. You’ll build your understanding of how and why people, businesses and governments make decisions, and learn to critically analyse and interpret information and provide sound business advice. 

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Your studies begin with core courses in economic theory, accounting, statistics and business intelligence, giving you a broad understanding of the business environment. You’ll then move into your specialisation, and learn about a broad range of areas including supply and demand, trade theory and tariffs, and financial evaluation. You’ll analyse economic exchange and trade activities both nationally and within the international context, and delve into public policy challenges and how to address them.  

You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge during a virtual internship, where you’ll work on a real-world problem. 

Most importantly, you’ll gain the skills to think critically and analyse complex data, and apply your knowledge to a range of economic, financial and societal issues.  

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.



All assessments, including exams (if required) are 100% online, meaning you’ll never need to travel to submit an assignment or find an exam venue.

Some of your assessments may include:

  • an industry-relevant project
  • an online presentation
  • essays and reports.

Degree structure

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

First year
UO Critical Approaches to Online Learning (CURR 3021) , Note(s): 2,4
, Rule(s): 2
UO Principles of Economics (ECON 1010) , Note(s): 1,2,3
UO Accounting for Business (ACCT 1011) , Note(s): 2
UO Business and Society (BUSS 1067) , Note(s): 2
, Rule(s): 2
UO Business Law (LAWS 1019) , Note(s): 2
UO Quantitative Methods for Business (MATH 1075) , Note(s): 1
Third year
, Note(s): 2 , Rule(s): 2
, Rule(s): 2
, Rule(s): 2

Study Business On Demand

Dr Vandaya Arya, Program Director: UniSA Online gives an insight into what the Bachelor of Business (Economics, Finance and Trade) is about, and how the degree will give you a competitive edge in the fast-paced business sector.

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Why Bachelor of Business (Economics, Finance and Trade)

Why this Degree

With the global economy constantly changing, costs of living on the rise, and the effects of international health crises and technological disruption being felt in almost every industry, it’s never been more important to understand how decisions are made and their impact on society. 

If you’re naturally curious about how the world works, or interested in wealth, poverty and equality, a career in economics and finance could be a perfect fit.  

The Bachelor of Business (Economics, Finance and Trade) delivers the knowledge required to interpret the factors driving global economies, trades and exchanges, and financial markets, and their effects on decision making and investment.  

As a UniSA Business student, you'll be eligible to join the Business Career Mentor Program (BCMP), an initiative designed to provide students and recent graduates with networking opportunities and career mentorship. You'll be paired with an experienced industry mentor to support your career development and transition after graduation, and be invited to professional development workshops and networking events.

Your degree has been designed and developed by expert academics whose research and professional experience shapes the courses they teach. You’ll also benefit from UniSA’s strong connections to industry, ensuring that what you learn during your studies is practical and relevant.  

Career outcomes


Your career

Broad knowledge of economics, finance and trade is a great foundation for whatever you want to do next. Your skills will be in demand in almost any industry, including banking and investment, government, and professional services. Your career and income opportunities are endless.

Careers to consider:

  • Economist: use data and modelling techniques to provide specialist advice to consumers, organisations or governments on economic, business and policy-related issues; analyse and interpret data to forecast consumer business trends; apply economic insights to inform business decision-making.  
  • Business advisor: provide specialised advice and analysis on an organisation’s operations; prepare budgets, cost-benefit and risk analyses; review assets and resources, make recommendations for improvements. 
  • Business development manager: identify new customers, markets and industries for organisational growth; develop strategic plans, business cases, and contracts; build and manage relationships with clients. 
  • Market research analyst: collect and monitor product, consumer and competitor information; analyse data to inform recommendations and predict trends; design research methodologies and questionnaires; conduct surveys and focus groups.  
  • Policy adviser: conduct research into economic and societal issues to inform policy development; provide advice about existing policies and explore opportunities for improvement; build and maintain stakeholder relationships; collect and analyse data.  
  • Financial risk analyst: provide advice on investment decisions and strategies; identify and assess potential financial risks at the organisational and industry sector level. 
  • Trade and investment adviser: provide technical assistance to trade and investment institutions to increase their local and foreign investments, imports and exports. 

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Your study experience and support

Study On Demand

Our online career-focused degrees give you full control and ultimate flexibility over your study. It’s Study On Demand, on your schedule, on your terms.

  • Designed specifically for your online learning
    Designed by a team of academic and online experts, our course materials are delivered in an interactive way using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources.
  • Study when it suits you
    Our online degrees support students who lead busy lifestyles. With four start dates a year in January, March, July and September there is no need to interrupt your life.
  • Take control of your study schedule
    With all content available from day one of your course, you have the power to plan your study schedule in advance. 
  • Finish each course in 10 weeks
    Our courses are delivered within 10-week terms to keep you motivated throughout your degree. Study two courses a term or just one.
  • 100% online study
    You won’t need to come onto campus for coursework, assessments or exams. Complete all study for your degree where it suits you.
  • Get the help you need
    Whether you need help with course content or assessments, we offer the academic support and services you need to be successful in your studies.
  • Adjust your study to your life
    There’s no need to interrupt work and family life or spend money on travel and student accommodation. Organise study around your life.
  • Learn from world-renowned academics
    Get a degree that’s designed and taught by leading academics and industry professionals.
  • 100% online interactive learning environment
    Our interactive online learning environment supports all your study needs. Log in anytime, on any device, wherever it suits you.
  • Access a library of over 700,000 digital resources
    Access a library of more than 700,000 digital resources including e-books, videos and journal articles. Our Ask the Library virtual service can help you locate, access, evaluate, use and reference a range of information resources.

Why UniSA Online?

Student services

Our graduates get jobs

UniSA is ranked as the number one university in Australia for graduate employability.1 Join a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA Online degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career or take it to the next level.

Specifically designed for online learning

Our team of academic and online experts have created interactive and media-rich course material using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. Every degree has been specifically designed for online learning to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge for your future career.

Backed by industry

Every UniSA Online degree is overseen by an experienced industry advisory board. We've also consulted with industry experts with a wealth of experience to design course content that reflects the most cutting-edge developments in your field. Our industry connections will enrich your online study experience - you'll be presented with industry problems that real organisations face. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge that industry are telling us they need in graduates.

Expand your professional network from wherever you are

Online study doesn’t mean studying on your own. You’ll connect with a community of other like-minded students – you’ll be able to share, debate and collaborate ideas through virtual classrooms, online chat, video conferencing, and online communication tools.

1 QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey, 2020-22 – Employability Skills Indicator. Public universities.

Student support

Student services

Studying can be challenging, especially when you’re also juggling work and other life commitments. You’re not studying 9-5, Monday to Friday, which is why we provide personalised, extended hour support services – including on weekends – so you can get help when you need it. 

Dedicated Student Adviser support

Our Student Advisers will be an important part of your student journey – they’ll help you enrol, discuss your study goals, communication preferences, and will be your first point of call for all your general study questions. They’ll link you to an extensive range of support services and resources across the University and will help schedule appointments with specialised services if required.

Online academic support seven days a week

You’ll be supported by our highly experienced academic team of Online Course Facilitators and Online Tutors. Our academics will guide you through your learning and ensure you have an outstanding, high-quality education.

They can help you with your course materials and assessments, provide feedback on your work, assist you with referencing as well as answer any other course-specific queries. You’ll be able to contact your academics via email, online discussion forums and live messages in the online learning environment. You can also communicate in real-time and chat face-to-face with your academics online.

24/7 tech support

Our IT Help Desk is available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, student email, software requirements and other UniSA apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support no matter what time it is.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment supports all your study needs. You’ll be able to track your progress through the student dashboard, plan your study schedule, receive reminders on due dates for tasks and assessments, as well as collaborate and network with a community of other like-minded students.

Using innovative technology in online education, your study experience will be highly personalised based on your learning activities throughout your degree. Just like your own personal study coach, you’ll get tailored feedback to enhance your learning outcomes and ensure you’re successful in your studies.

Student services

IT Requirements

Generally, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Microsoft Edge, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)
  • Some UniSA Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible). 
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them. 
  • Get free access to LinkedIn Learning - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as: the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Microsoft Teams, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime. See if your degree requires specialised software.

Check your device

Our computer system test will determine if your device has the base system resources and software required to study online. It'll also check the speed of your internet connection.

See if your computer, laptop or device is all set up and ready to go – it takes just a few seconds.

How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

  1. Submit an online enquiry

    If you're ready to apply, the first step is to fill out and submit our online enquiry form. Here you'll be asked a series of questions to see if you're eligible. Following your online enquiry, one of our Degree Advisers will contact you at your preferred time to discuss the application process.

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  2. Speak to a Degree Adviser and start your application

    If you're eligible, you'll receive an email outlining the entry requirements and the relevant documentation you need in order to be considered.

    In order to verify your academic qualifications, you'll need to upload relevant documents like your official parchment, certificates or transcripts. If you have work experience, you will need to upload your CV as well as any other documents like work references, professional recognition or accreditation or your training certification.

    Your email will contain information on the specific documents you need to provide as well as a link to begin your application. You'll be asked to create an account and set your own password.

  3. Complete your application and send through your documents

    In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

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Online Course Facilitator

I am a Senior lecturer in Economics and Financial Planning, and my research focus is on international economics in the context of capital flows and their implications on economic growth. I am passionate about teaching and I lecture a broad range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Upon graduation, students will have extensive knowledge of the vast global business environment organisations find themselves in today, whilst having a clear understanding of how this environment is affected by public policies, economic exchanges, and global trade activities.

Dr Vandana Arya

Program Director

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Dr Vandana Arya

Program Director


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