Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The School of Economics is expanding its extensive offering with a new combined degree and two new majors - leading the way in innovative, collaborative and first-rate teaching and research.

This new degree offers students high-quality, professional training in economics as well as the broad flexibility of a Bachelor of Arts degree. We offer the largest range of humanities and social sciences majors in Australia.

Students taking this course need to complete three majors:

Either
- one major from the School of Economics , and
- two additional majors from the humanities and social sciences where no more than one is chosen from School of Economics majors;

or
- one major from the School of Economics, one additional major from the humanities and social sciences, and one major from the following: Accounting; Business Information Systems; Commercial Law; Finance; Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management;
International Business; Management; Marketing; Quantitative Business Analysis or Psychology

Graduates of this program will gain technical expertise along with highly developed soft skills, qualities sought after by leading employers including government departments, respected private sector consultancies and corporations, in Australia and overseas.

NEW MAJORS
Australia is facing challenges from profound changes in agricultural policy, resource policy and commodity pricing. Through our new degree majors, you will acquire the specialist skills and knowledge to become part of the solution.

AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS
This major focuses on the development of professional skills in quantitative analysis, computing and communications. We will examine commodity markets, supply chains and agricultural production, and prepare you for a future in prestigious research and financial institutions.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS
This major provides valuable quantitative skills for students interested in the economic management of natural resource systems, energy markets, environmental economics, fishery and forestry economics, ecosystems, conservation and sustainability.

These new majors expand our graduates’ professional horizons. They prepare you for a career as an applied economist in commodities and futures markets, in large agribusiness firms, commercial farming or resource and environmental management.

They will also enhance your career prospects in related areas of economics such as merchant and trading banks, government departments, public relations and policy, economic research, finance, and financial journalism.

Course outline

Unit of study link

Study plan


The course structure requires the completion of three majors supplemented by a wide range of electives. The course structure requires the completion of subjects in arts, economics and business, including at least one major in economics, econometrics, agricultural economics, resource and environmental economics or financial economics, and one major in the humanities or social sciences.

Majors

What is a major?

A major is a specialisation in a chosen area of study and is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in a particular area.

To earn a major in a subject area (from Table A of the Table of Units of Study) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, students will normally complete 36 senior credit points in the particular subject area. You would also need to have completed the appropriate junior units of study before you can do the senior units of study that comprise your major.

Core majors

Optional majors

Further course information

Course opportunities

Students have the opportunity to participate in international exchanges during the course of the degree and meritorious students may be invited to participate in the Faculty Scholars Program from second year.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Arts and Economics graduates work in government departments at all levels, and major private sector consultancies and corporations, locally and overseas. The combined degree offers a range of subject areas that prepare graduates for careers in administration, education, business research, marketing, media, management consultancy, public relations, gallery and museum curatorship, hospitality and tourism, community and welfare, and the capacity to 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. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.

Further study

Graduates may proceed to further coursework or research qualifications at a postgraduate level.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences also offers a range of postgraduate coursework and research degrees. For more information: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/future_students/

About honours

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.

For more information about Honours please see: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/future_students/courses/undergraduate/honours.shtml

Admission

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of September. On-time applications for the July Semester close in May.

Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics. Other assumed knowledge depends on first-years subjects selected.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2014 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.