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    Ranked top five in the Australia for Economics by the 2020 QS World Rankings by Subject, you will study one of Australia’s leading economics degrees from world-renowned experts and researchers.

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    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 degree is ranked in the top four undergraduate economics courses in Australia.*

*QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019

An introduction 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. 

The Bachelor of Economics 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.

Economics 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
  • Environmental, Agricultural and Resource Economics.

A minor or second major can be taken from the core majors or from the University's shared pool. You may choose to study a related area, such as commerce or marketing, or pursue knowledge in another field of study.

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

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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

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

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)

Sample study plan

 Bachelor of Economics (major in Economics and Accounting)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Economics program Economics program Politics elective Accounting major
  2 Economics program Economics program Politics elective Accounting major
2 1 Economics program Economics program Open Learning Environment units Accounting major
  2 Economics program Economics program Open Learning Environment units Accounting major
3 1 Economics program Economics program Accounting major Accounting major
  2 Economics program Economics program Accounting major Accounting major

This is an indicative study plan only, students may choose other majors, minors and electives. 

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

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

 

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 examples include:

Domestic students

International students

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.