Bachelor of Economics

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

The information on this page relates to the 2017 intake. For information on the 2018 intake, click here.

The Bachelor of Economics will give you 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 and to work in fields such as business, banking, financial markets, and consulting in both the private and public sectors.

You will gain an excellent grounding in economic theory and business statistics, completing a major in economics, agricultural and resource economics, financial economics or the more statistically based econometrics.

You will also have the option to combine your study with additional majors and electives from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the University of Sydney Business School or from one of the other faculties at the University.

Central to the strength of economics at the University of Sydney is the elite undergraduate honours program that provides expert training in economic theory and econometrics and as well as having a focus on applied economics.

As a Bachelor of Economics graduate you can pursue research degrees or 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, consulting firms, financial markets and financial institutions.

Why study with us?

1. With our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ranked 14th in the world*, study one of Australia’s leading undergraduate economics degrees from world-renowned experts and researchers.

2. Our graduates are highly sought after, with our alumni including leaders in the Reserve Bank, the Treasury and other government departments, international agencies, financial institutions and NGOs.

*QS World University Rankings by Faculty 2015

Further course information

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers exchange to all students. Students can spend up to one year on international exchange. For more information please see

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Business analyst
Economic researcher
Management consultant
Policy adviser
Statistical analyst
Fund and portfolio manager
Project officer
Financial adviser

Further study

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences also offers a range of postgraduate coursework and research degrees. For more information:


How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

"Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor's 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's degree need to apply through UAC.

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

Assumed knowledge


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.