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.

Course outline

Course Structure

Study plan

Core majors include Economics, Econometrics, Financial Economics

Majors

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

Core majors

Optional majors

Further course information

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.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC.

For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Further admission requirements

Additional majors are available. Please see: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/future_students/courses/undergraduate/economics.shtml

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

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

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

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

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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