Bachelor of Economics and combined degrees

Economics is a diverse, fascinating discipline that studies a wide range of issues that shape the broad framework of society – political, social and commercial. The School of Economics has a proud history as one of the most highly ranked centres in economics globally. This is reflected in our degrees, which promote a deep understanding of the key concepts of economics with a focus on contemporary issues of Australian and international importance. Our graduates are leaders in their fields. They also go on to further study at some of the finest institutions in the world.

As a student undertaking the Bachelor of Economics, you must complete a program in economics which includes at least one major from the School’s list of undergraduate majors. You will choose a minor or a second major from a range of subject areas including humanities, social sciences, business and STEM. You will also complete 12 credit points of Open Learning Environment (OLE) units. This will provide you with exciting opportunities for an enriched degree experience.

You will be equipped with the key skills to work in fields such as the financial and banking sectors, leading policy institutions and NGOs, the commodities and futures markets, financial journalism, business and consulting

Requirements for completion

These details apply to students commencing their candidature in the Bachelor of Economics and combined degrees from 2018. Note that students who commenced study prior to 2018 should consult the relevant Faculty Handbook for details of their degree requirements.

Bachelor of Economics

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Economics, a candidate must complete 144 credit points, comprising:

  • a minimum of 84 credit points from Table A for the Bachelor of Economics or Table S from the Business School, including a program in Economics (72 credit points);
  • a minor (36 credit points) or second major (48 credit points) other than Economic Policy from Table A for the Bachelor of Economics or Table S;
  • 12 credit points of units of study in the Open Learning Environment selected from Table O; and
  • any additional electives from Table A for the Bachelor of Economics or Table S.

Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Advanced Studies

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, a candidate must complete 192 credit points, comprising:

  • a minimum of 84 credit points from Table A for the Bachelor of Economics or Table S from the Business School, including a program in Economics (72 credit points);
  • a second major (48 credit points) other than Economic Policy from Table A for the Bachelor of Economics or Table S;
  • 12 credit points of units of study in the Open Learning Environment selected from Table O;
  • A minimum of 24 credit points from Table A for the Bachelor of Economics or Table S at 4000 level, including a research, community, industry or entrepreneurship project of at least 12 and up to 36 credit points; and
  • any additional electives from Table A for the Bachelor of Economics or Table S.

Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Advanced Studies with honours

To be awarded Honours, meritorious students complete 48 credit points of honours study in their fourth year of the Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Advanced Studies. In order to be eligible for honours study, students must complete the requirements of two majors, including the major of the discipline in which they wish to undertake honours study, within the first three years of the combined degree. For details of the specific requirements for entry into and for the completion of honours in this program, students should refer to http://sydney.edu.au/arts/economics/undergrad/honours.shtml

Economics Program

The Economics program requires 72 credit points from Table A for the Bachelor of Economics, including 42 credit points in core units and an embedded major in one of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Econometrics, Economics, or Financial Economics.


Core units

The Bachelor of Economics and embedded Economics program require the completion of 42 credit points in core units of study – four 1000 level units and three 2000 level units as follows:

  • ECMT1010 Introduction to Economic Statistics
  • ECMT1020 Introduction to Econometrics
  • ECON1001 Introductory Microeconomics
  • ECON1002 Introductory Macroeconomics
  • ECMT2150 Intermediate Econometrics
  • ECOS2001 Intermediate Microeconomics / ECOS2901 Intermediate Microeconomics Honours
  • ECOS2002 Intermediate Macroeconomics / ECOS2902 Intermediate Macroeconomics Honours


Majors

Students complete a major in at least one of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Econometrics, Economics, or Financial Economics as a requirement of the program and degree. A minor or second major can be completed from these options or from the majors and minor listed in Table S, other than Economic Policy.


Bachelor of Economics example pathway

Year / Semester Unit of Study 1 Unit of Study 2 Unit of Study 3 Unit of Study 4
1st Year
Semester 1
ECON1001
Introductory Microeconomics
ECMT1010
Introduction to Economic Statistics
Minor / second major
1000 level unit
Elective
1st Year
Semester 2
ECON1002
Introductory Macroeconomics
ECMT1020
Introduction to Econometrics
Minor / second major
1000 level unit
Elective
2nd Year
Semester 1
ECOS2001
Intermediate Microeconomics
ECMT2150
Intermediate Econometrics
Minor / second major
2000 level unit
Table O
Open Learning Environment unit
2nd Year
Semester 2
ECOS2002
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Economics
program elective
Minor / second major
2000 level unit
Elective / Second major
3000 level unit
3rd Year
Semester 1
ECOS3XXX
School of Economics
major selective unit
ECOS3XXX
School of Economics
major selective unit
Minor / second major
3000 level unit
Table O
Open Learning Environment unit
3rd Year
Semester 2
ECOS3XXX
School of Economics
major selective unit
ECOS3XXX
School of Economics
major selective unit
(combined interdisciplinary project unit)
Minor / second major
3000 level unit
Elective / Second major
3000 level unit