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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

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.

English language proficiency

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Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

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. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

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

Current University of Sydney 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 Change your course page.

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

Refer to the UAC website. Separate scholarship deadlines apply visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

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). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney 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 Change your course page.

Standard closing dates: 

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll 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

This course has a mathematics course prerequisite. For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

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

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • 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

International students

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