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Bachelor of Economics

Study economics with us

Why study with us?

  • With our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ranked 17th in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, you will learn from leading experts across more than 45 areas of study.

  • 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.

Overview

This three-year degree is one of the leading undergraduate economics programs in Australia.

The program introduces you to a diverse, fascinating discipline that addresses a range of big issues in modern life and plays a central role in shaping the broad framework of society at every level. It provides undergraduate training in theoretical and applied aspects of modern economics, econometrics and financial economics.

Although primarily interested in explaining the behaviour of individuals, economics also addresses the collective behaviour of businesses and industries, governments and countries, and the globe as a whole. The discipline is crucial to understanding and solving the major problems and challenges the world faces today, such as global warming, poverty, development, and recession.

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

  • Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Financial Economics
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics.

A minor or second major can be taken from the core majors, those offered by the Business School, or from the University's shared pool. Subject areas offered by the Business School include:

  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • Finance
  • Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management Marketing.

Bachelor of Advanced Studies

You can also choose to combine your Bachelor of Economics degree with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies. In the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you can complete a second major, combine studies from a range of disciplines, undertake advanced coursework, and get involved in cross-disciplinary community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project work.

Subject areas

The Bachelor of Economics 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

My qualification is from

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

SAMPLE COURSE STRUCTURE:

Bachelor of Economics 
(major in Economics and Finance)

 Year   Semester   Units of Study  Units of Study
 Units of Study
 Units of  Study
 1  1  Economics  program  Economics  program 
 Politics elective  Finance  major 
   2  Economics program
 Economics  program
 Politics elective
 Finance  major
 2  1  Economics  program
 Economics  program
 Open Learning  Environment units  Finance    major
   2  Economics  program
 Economics  program 
 Open Learning  Environment units  Finance    major
 3  1  Economics  program
 Economics  program
 Finance major
 Finance    major
   2  Economics  program
 Economics  program 
 Finance major  Finance    major

Units of Study

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) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in 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

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

 

Graduate opportunities

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 examples 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


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% 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 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, course-specific materials, tools, protected 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 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.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% 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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