Bachelor of Economics

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

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.

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Majors

Units of study

Course Structure

Full units of study list

Further course information

Study plan

Core majors include Economics, Econometrics, Financial Economics

What is a major?

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.

Please note: Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Economics must complete at least one core major of Economics, Econometrics, Agricultural Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics or Financial Economics.

For more information: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/current_students/undergraduate/majors.shtml

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers exchange to all students. Students can spend up to 1 year on international exchange. For more information please see: http://sydney.edu.au/current_students/student_exchange/how_it_works.shtml

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

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.

Further study

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

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

Assumed knowledge

Depends on subjects selected.

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.

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 2014 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 2013 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 2014, 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.