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Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Advanced Studies

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Overview

This combined degree will give you a comprehensive understanding of the economy, business and government, and the high-level technical skills to analyse economic and social data and events.

The Bachelor of Economics gives you an excellent grounding in economic theory and statistics. You will complete at least one major from economics, agricultural and resource economics, financial economics or econometrics.

You will also complete a second major from the shared pool, creating a study profile that reflects your expertise in a range of disciplines. You may choose to study a related area, such as commerce or marketing, or pursue knowledge in another field of study.

Our majors include:

In your final year you will also undertake advanced coursework and a community, industry, research or entrepreneurship project that builds on the skills and knowledge developed in the Bachelor of Economics.

High-achieving students will have the opportunity to complete the highly regarded honours program in economics. This honours program is central to the strength of Economics at the University of Sydney, providing expert training in applied economics, economic theory and econometrics.

Whichever path you take, the four-year degree will equip you with key capabilities for industry, community and research challenges, preparing you for future success in fields such as banking, financial markets and consulting in both the private and public sectors. 

Subject areas

The Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Advanced Studies requires you to complete a core major from one of the following areas:

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

What you'll study

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Advanced Studies

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Introductory Microeconomics Introduction to Economic Statistics Elective Major 2
  2 Introductory Macroeconomics Introduction to Econometrics Elective Major 2
2 1 Intermediate Econometrics Intermediate Microeconomics/Honours Open Learning Environment units Major 2
  2 Intermediate Macroeconomics/Honours School of Economics Major Open Learning Environment units Major 2
3 1 School of Economics Major School of Economics Major Major 2 Major 2
  2 School of Economics Major School of Economics major project Major 2 Major 2
4 1 Advanced Coursework Advanced Coursework Project unit Project unit
  2 Advanced Coursework Advanced Coursework Project unit Project unit

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* OR band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2, if higher level maths has been undertaken)

In 2019, the maths prerequisite will apply to domestic and international students completing a secondary education (year 12) qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia).

From 2020, the maths prerequisite applies to domestic students undertaking a secondary education qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia), higher education studies (e.g. bachelor’s degree, diploma) and approved preparation programs.  

From 2020, it will also apply to international students undertaking a secondary education qualification or an approved preparation or foundation program, in Australia (this includes Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications and foundation programs undertaken outside Australia).

For details, including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Course opportunities

Eligible students may apply to take part in an international exchange program for one or two semesters. Study undertaken at a partner institution is counted towards the award of the degree. You will have the opportunity to take part in an industry internship in the fourth year of advanced coursework.

Career Pathways

  • Accountant
  • Banker
  • Business consultant
  • Business information 
  • Systems analyst
  • Economic analyst
  • Economist
  • Financial manager
  • Human resource manager
  • Industrial relations specialist
  • Researcher
  • Social policy adviser
Future study

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences also offers a range of postgraduate coursework and research degrees. Some include:

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 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


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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 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.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

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, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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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