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The Bachelor of Economics (BEc) is a highly regarded professional qualification allowing graduates access to an extremely diverse range of occupations. Our graduates work as professional economists and 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. The knowledge obtained from the degree also enables graduates to become economically literate, with an in-depth understanding of local and world economic issues.

Program Benefits:

  • Highly regarded by industry and government
  • Prepares you academically, technically and professionally, providing a solid grounding in modern economics analysis
  • Deals with important issues, such as why some countries grow rich and some remain poor, global interactions of nations, the role and impact of economic policy and regulation, unemployment, inflation, property and wealth, firm organisation and competition, decision making and strategic behaviour


Study Level


Typical duration

3 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1, Term 2, Term 3

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Bachelors Pass


Bachelor of Economics - BEc

UAC Code




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Program Structure

Students must complete 144 UOC as a standalone program.

Bachelor of Economics degree normally consists of 144 UOC.

These UOC are made up of:

  1. ECON1401 (6 UOC)
  2. Introductory Business Core (6 UOC)
  3. Economics major (60 UOC)
  4. Economics Electives (12 UOC)
  5. Business School Electives (12 UOC)
  6. Free Electives (36 UOC)
  7. General Education (12 UOC)

For single and related double degrees please see Progression Plan

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Optional Second Major or Minor

Optional Second Major or Minor description.

Students may use their electives to complete an optional second major or minor either from the list of approved Business majors/minors or from the following list of approved minors in other Faculties.

Level 2 and 3 Maturity Requirements

Students must have completed 24 UOC before taking any Level 2 courses.
Students must have completed 48 UOC before taking any Level 3 courses.

Progression Requirements


University Medal

Award of Pass with Distinction

Additional Information

Please note that these requirements may be subject to change. Students should always follow the program requirements according to the year they started their degree. For more information please visit Previous UNSW Online Handbooks

Contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre for advice.
tel: + 61 2 9385 3189
location: Level 1, room 1028, Quadrangle Building
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Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

Access past handbook editions (2018 and prior)

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