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The School of Economics and Finance at Curtin Business School offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the areas of economics, banking and finance, and property.

When you study at our school, you’ll gain skills that are especially important in forecasting, planning and strategic analysis of business opportunities. You’ll learn how to think critically and analytically, and develop models appropriate to understanding structural change and the consequences of decision-making in the private and public sectors.
We aim to provide a learning environment that combines high-quality and innovative teaching practices with leading research. Our strong connection to industry through our advisory boards and academic staff ensures our programs are innovative and responsive to market needs. Continually fine-tuned to keep them relevant, our courses provide you with an intellectually stimulating educational experience. You can also gain the qualifications and know-how you’ll need to gain membership to industry bodies and to establish your career.

Continually striving towards delivering high-quality research that influences industry, the school is home to the Centre for Research in Applied Economics (CRAE) and the Women in Social and Economic Research (WiSER) cluster. Many of our researchers are also involved with the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre , a research partnership between Curtin University and Bankwest. We have extensive and varied research expertise across all of our discipline areas, including econometrics and quantitative modelling.

Industry connections

At the School of Economics and Finance, we place a great deal of importance on developing and maintaining strong industry links. Many of our staff members have extensive industry experience, working to maintain our industry links to enhance the quality and relevance of our teaching. Our research helps us to further engage with industry and keep up-to-date with innovations, policy changes and professional practice.As a student, you’ll benefit from these connections with leading industry bodies and organisations through multiple opportunities to actively engage with industry. You may undertake projects for real-world clients, experience guest lectures from industry professionals, and enjoy opportunities for professional placements or internships.

Comprised of business leaders in the field, our advisory board further strengthens our links with industry. Helping to keep us informed of the latest industry developments, the advisory board’s input means we regularly revise and review our courses for the benefit of both our students and industry.
The School of Economics and Finance is closely interconnected with leading professionals and organisations in the field of economics.  A number of academics sit on a range of influential boards and commissions, including the Federal Treasury’s Housing Research Panel and the Commonwealth Grants Commission.

Members of the department have conducted contract research or provided consulting services to organisations such as the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority, AusAID, Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Western Australia), Commonwealth Grants Commission, Nokia Foundation, the WA Department of Treasury, and even consulting with the Commonwealth Treasury on housing taxes for the Australian Future Tax System Review (Henry Review).
Industry engagement of academic staff

Professional recognition

As a student with the School of Economics and Finance, you’ll benefit from our close links with industry. Through our industry-connected approach to learning, our courses enjoy professional recognition by a number of industry bodies, including:

Membership to these organisations can provide you with a wide range of benefits, from guaranteeing your expertise and providing international recognition, to widening your professional opportunities and network.


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Master of Finance

The School of Economics and Finance offers a forward-thinking, internationally recognised Master of Finance with strong industry connections and high-quality curriculum, ensuring that you meet the changing demands of industry.

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Trading Room

Providing a truly innovative learning experience, the CBS Trading Room is unlike any other teaching facility in Western Australia. This distinctive learning space simulates a real-life business environment to prepare you with the practical skills you’ll need to graduate career-ready.

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