Bachelor of Economics

Three years full-time / Six years part-time

The Bachelor of Economics degree provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the overall context of business and government, and the high-level technical skills to analyse economic and social data and events. It will equip you with key capabilities to develop economic and social policy for those who want to work in fields such as financial markets, business, banking, and consulting in both the private and public sectors.

This specialist program will provide you with an excellent grounding in economic theory and business statistics and will allow you to complete a major in economics, agricultural economics, environmental and resource economics, financial economics or the more statistically based econometrics. You can also combine your study with additional majors and electives in any area of arts and social sciences, the University of Sydney Business School or from one of the many faculties throughout the University.

Central to the strength of economics at the University of Sydney is the large undergraduate honours program and its two key elements: an applied economics focus and expert training in economic theory and econometrics.

Graduates go on from our distinguished honours program to pursue research degrees and take up specialist positions in Treasury, the Reserve Bank of Australia, other policy department roles within federal and state governments, central banks and international agencies, financial markets and financial institutions.

Some of the key features of this degree include:

  • Studying an internationally renowned degree that will give you a strong foundation for understanding and tackling economic issues of domestic and international significance
  • Receiving a versatile and relevant professional qualification, which will provide you with strong credentials for work in challenging fields, such as economic research, consulting and analysis
  • Gaining a solid grounding in quantitative techniques and econometrics, which will equip you with the expertise to create strategic solutions for business and government policy
  • Graduating with strong credentials for many specialist areas, such as: economic and social research; consulting; business; business strategy; international trade; analysis of financial and commodity markets.

The University of Sydney is a CFA Program Partner with a major in Finance. The curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and will provide you with a solid foundation and positioning to successfully sit the CFA exams.

Majors

For a comprehensive list of majors available in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and in other faculties, visit Sydney Courses.

Sample Progression Table

Bachelor of Economics majoring in Economics and Finance

This student is intending on continuing to a fourth year of Honours in Economics, provided they maintain the required grade average with the aim of eventually continuing to a PhD. They’ve taken a second major in another area of interest – Finance, and added some breadth in the social sciences with units in political economy plus additional Economics electives.

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 ECMT1010

Introduction to Economic Statistics
ECON1001

Introductory Microeconomics
BUSS1030

Accounting, Business & Society
ECOP1001

Economics as a Social Science
24
S2 ECMT1020

Introduction to Econometrics
ECON1002

Introductory Macroeconomics
ECON1006

The Economics of Everything
ECOP1003

International Economy and Finance
24
2nd Year S1 ECOS2901

Intermediate Microeconomics Honours
ECOS2903

Mathematical Economics A
FINC2011

Corporate Finance I
ECMT2150

Intermediate Econometrics
24
S2 ECOS2902

Intermediate Macroeconomics Honours
ECOS2201

Economics of Competition and Strategy
FINC2012

Corporate Finance II
FINC3023

Behavioural Finance
24
3rd Year S1 ECOS3901

Advanced Microeconomics Honours
ECOS3903

Applied Microeconometrics
FINC3017

Investments & Portfolio Management
ECOS3005

Industrial Organisation
24
S2 ECOS3902

Advanced Macroeconomics Honours
ECOS3016

Experimental and Behavioural Economics
FINC3013

Mergers and Acquisitions
FINC3023

Behavioural Finance
24
            144
        Economics major PLUS prehonours units Finance major  
          Breadth  

Sample Progression Table

Bachelor of Economics majoring in Economics and Philosophy

This student is intending on continuing to a fourth year of Honours in Economics, provided they maintain the required grade average with the aim of eventually continuing to a PhD. They’ve taken a second major in another area of interest – Philosophy.

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 ECMT1010

Introduction to Economic Statistics
ECON1001

Introductory Microeconomics
PHIL1011

Reality, Ethics and Beauty
MKTG1001

Marketing Principles
24
S2 ECMT1020

Introduction to Econometrics
ECON1002

Introductory Macroeconomics
PHIL1012

Introductory Logic
MKTG2113

Marketing Research
24
2nd Year S1 ECOS2901

Intermediate Microeconomics Honours
ECOS2903

Mathematical Economics A
ECMT2150

KIntroduction to Econometrics
MKTG2112

Consumer Behaviour
24
S2 ECOS2902

Intermediate Macroeconomics Honours
ECOS2201

Economics of Competition and Strategy
PHIL2612

History of Ethics
PHIL2611

Problems of Empiricism
24
3rd Year S1 ECOS3901

Advanced Microeconomics Honours
ECOS3903

Applied Microeconometrics
PHIL2617

Practical Ethics
PHIL2620

Probability and Decision Theory
24
S2 ECOS3902

Advanced Macroeconomics Honours
ECOS3016

Experimental and Behavioural Economics
PHIL3638

Hegel
PHIL3647

Philosophy of Happiness Advanced
24
            144
        Economics major Philosophy major  
          Breadth