Economics is a diverse and fascinating discipline which analyses decision-making by individuals, business, government and global organisations. It deals with important issues such as the behaviour of individuals and firms and their strategic interactions, economic growth and development, the causes and effects of unemployment and inflation, income distribution, industrial organisation, public policy design and implementation, management of the environment, and the means to improve overall efficiency and living standards.

Graduates are employed in an enormously diverse range of occupations. Graduates working as professional economists can be found in leading government and international agencies, private firms and consultancies. Graduates who combine economics with other disciplines, such as accounting, finance or marketing, often work as professionals in those fields, with the economics training providing a highly valued understanding of the business environment. More broadly, graduates develop analytical skills which have wide applications in business, finance and policy.

Studying Economics at UNSW

The Economics major is offered to students enrolled in the BEc programs. The major prescribes a number of required courses and then gives students the flexibility to take economics options in their areas of interest: for example, microeconomics, macroeconomics, economic development/history, and experimental/behavioural economics. There are two other more specialised majors offered to students enrolled in the BEc program, namely Econometrics (specialised in statistical and quantitative methods) and Financial Economics (specialised in finance-related economics).

Students with above average grades in their Economics courses are invited to join the Honours program, requiring an additional year of study. An Honours year adds extra value to an undergraduate degree and is highly regarded by employers.

Note: Refer to Major ECONA13543 Plan for rules for Minor.

Business Data Science can be studied in the following Programs 

Program Code & Name Stream Type Stream
3959 Data Science and Decisions Major ECONL13959

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Economics can be studied in the following Programs 

Program Code & Name Stream Type Stream
3403 Arts Major
3409 Arts Major
3420 Social Research and Policy Major ECONA13420
3429 Media (Comms & Journalism) Minor ECONA23429
3434 Media (PR and Advertising) Minor ECONA23434
3438 Media (Screen & Sound Prod) Minor ECONA23438
3452 Music / Arts Minor ECONA23452
3456 Music / Arts Minor ECONA23456
3469 Music (Honours) / Arts Minor ECONA23469
3474 Music (Honours) / Arts Minor ECONA23474
3521 Commerce/Economics Major ECONA13521
3543 Economics Major ECONA13543
3563 Economics / Science Major ECONA13563
3564 Economics/Advanced Maths(Hons) Major ECONA13564
3566 Economics/Adv Science (Hons) Major ECONA13566
3574 Economics / Arts Major ECONA13574
3588 Actuarial Studies / Economics Major ECONA13588
3763 Engineering (Honours) / Arts Minor ECONA23763
3783 Computer Science / Arts Minor ECONA23783
3855 Medicine / Arts Minor ECONA23855
3856 Medicine / Arts Minor ECONA23856
3937 Science/Social Rsch & Policy Major ECONA13937
3938 AdvSci (Hons)/SocRschandPolicy Major ECONA13938
3947 Science / Arts Minor ECONA23947
3948 Adv Science (Honours) / Arts Minor ECONA23948
3949 Adv Mathematics (Honours)/Arts Minor ECONA23949
3955 Environmental Management/Arts Minor ECONA23955
3961 Engineering (Honours) / Arts Minor ECONA23961
3963 Computer Science / Arts Minor ECONA23963
3968 Computer Science / Arts Minor ECONA23968
4043 Social Work (Honours) / Arts Minor ECONA24043
4044 Social Work (Honours)/SR&P Major ECONA14044
4045 Social Work (Honours) / Arts Minor ECONA24045
4054 Arts / Education (Secondary) Minor ECONA24054
4058 Economics/Educ (Secondary) Major ECONA14058
4502 Economics (Honours) Honours ECONAH4502
4744 Economics / Law Major ECONA14744
4760 Arts / Law Minor ECONA24760
4771 Social Research & Policy / Law Major ECONA14771
4782 Arts / Law Minor ECONA24782
4806 Art Theory/Arts Minor ECONA24806
4812 Fine Arts/Arts Minor ECONA24812
4815 Art Theory/Soc Rsch & Policy Major ECONA14815
4817 Art Theory / Arts Minor ECONA24817
4820 Fine Arts / Arts Minor ECONA24820

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