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Bachelor of Economics (Honours)

This page was first published on 21 November 2022 and was last amended on 16 December 2022.
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Honours is an additional year (full time) of study on top of a three-year bachelor’s degree. It provides students an opportunity to develop research skills in their undergraduate major by undertaking advanced coursework and conducting a supervised but independent research project. An honours year adds greater depth to an undergraduate degree and is a pathway to postgraduate research courses.

Honours in economics or econometrics may be undertaken in the final (fourth) year of the Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Advanced Studies or in the appended Bachelor of Economics (Honours). Students are required to meet the admission criteria.  The University of Sydney’s School of Economics is one of a handful of schools that provide a dedicated honours stream from second year, with smaller classes to facilitate greater interaction with academic staff and other students. Our program is built upon a core of advanced microeconomics and macroeconomics units of study. We also require students to strengthen their mathematical and data analysis skills. These units prepare students for a wide range of electives in their honours year. The units are challenging, and as students undertake advanced coursework and conduct independent research, they develop their analytical, problem solving, writing, presentation, and time-management skills.

Admission to the honours program is also possible in the third and fourth years; however, the entry criteria are higher for students who take this pathway than for those who begin in the second year. Students entering in later years may also be required to complete some units from the second- and third-year honours program.

Please see the Economics subject area or the Econometrics subject area for information regarding admission and requirements. Applicants from other institutions should refer to the course resolutions for admission requirements.

Degree structure and requirements

For detailed information on degree requirements, please refer to the course resolutions.

Bachelor of Economics (Honours)

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Economics (Honours), a candidate must complete 48 credit points, comprising:

Post-publication amendments

Date Original publication Post-publication amendment
16/12/2022   various contextual edits
21/02/2023   various contextual edits