Broaden your career prospects by combining your economics studies with applied skills in science. Choose from more than 25 advanced fields of science in this double degree that includes an Honours year.

 

Faculty
UNSW Business School
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
5 Year(s)

Overview

Combine  Economics with applied advanced skills in Science and an Honours research project. This unique double degree will prepare you to discover and drive solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. 

Economics is an influential social science that explores human behaviour and decision-making. Economists focus on the roles of incentives, resource constraints, laws, customs, and institutions. Through the Bachelor of Economics, you’ll explore how the decisions of institutions and individuals interact to determine outcomes for the economy and society. 

The Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) allows you to choose from 26 majors across the physical, natural and human sciences. It gives you the flexibility to explore the areas of science you’re passionate in and undertake a supervised research project in your honours year. It will prepare you for a career at the forefront of scientific discovery and innovation.

Key features

Shape a degree to suit your goals

Science allows you to explore and choose from 26 majors and advanced level courses, while Economics offer three distinct majors, with the option to take further electives and minors.  

Supervised research project

Your Advanced Science honours year is an integral part of the degree. It involves a supervised research project and, in some cases, advanced coursework.

Integrated practical experience

Both programs incorporate practical experience. The Bachelor of Economics offers opportunities for internships, group consulting projects, and global practicums, while the Bachelor of Advanced Science includes for-credit work placements and research internships.

Industry connections

UNSW Economics graduates are keenly sought after by policymakers at all levels of government, private sector employers, not-for-profits, and international organisations.  UNSW Science has over 400 industry and research partners that you can connect with while you study.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

UNSW’s School of Economics ranks in the global top 40 for Economics and Econometrics* and received the top research rating by the ERA in Economic Theory, Applied Economics and Econometrics. As part of UNSW Business School, you’ll benefit from strong industry connections with exclusive access to our Career Accelerator program, mentoring and internship opportunities, and diverse student-led societies.

UNSW Science is at the forefront of many new scientific developments, teaching and innovation. Our world-class laboratories, clinics and simulators give you the tools to explore new frontiers and make meaningful scientific discoveries to benefit society.

  • We’re of the top 50 universities in the world for Environmental Sciences (#19), Psychology (#24), Mathematics (#38), Geology (#38), Materials Science (#39), Earth & Marine Science (#40) and Anatomy & Physiology (#50).*
  • We’re ranked 1st in Australia for research output in Chemistry and Physical Sciences and 2nd in Australia for research output in Earth & Environmental Sciences.**

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
**Nature Index Institution Outputs 1 Dec 2019 – 30 Nov 2020

 

Program Code
3566
CRICOS Code
088859K
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
424470
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
240
Indicative Enrolments
26

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Entry requirements

Entry to this degree is based on your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or an equivalent rank derived from the following:

  • Australian interstate Year 12 qualifications (e.g., OP rank)
  • New Zealand NCEA Level 3
  • Equivalent overseas qualifications e.g., International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, GCE A-Levels
  • Post-secondary or tertiary qualifications
  • An alternative entry qualification

 

2021 Lowest Selection Rank
93
2021 A levels
17
2021 IB Diploma
36
2021 Lowest ATAR
89.1
    1. The 2021 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021.
    2. The 2021 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. The 2021 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. The 2021 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
  • At UNSW, we are committed to ensuring prospective students have all the information they need in order to make informed decisions about their study options.

    To assist you in gaining a better understanding of how Admissions works at UNSW, we have provided you with a summary of ATAR offers and the student profile.

    We hope this information will help you identify the degree that is right for you.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics Advanced. For Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) (Hons): Mathematics Extension 1. For Bachelor of Advanced Science (Hons): Chemistry and one or more Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics, Mathematics Extension 1 (depending on chosen area of study)

Adjustment Factors


We offer a range of adjustment factor schemes that reward students for academic performance and extra-curricular achievements. These schemes also take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

HSC Plus 
This scheme rewards students who perform well in Year 12 subjects that are relevant to their preferred UNSW degree. You may be awarded up to five points. 

Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders (EAPL) 
This program recognises achievements in the areas of sport, academia, leadership and music at an elite level. You may be eligible for up to five points.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen UNSW degree.

Admission pathways


Your ATAR is not the only measure of your potential to succeed, which is why we offer a range of pathways into university. Explore your options below and get in touch with our future student advisors to discuss your path to UNSW. 

Gateway Admission Pathway
This scheme is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who attend Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred UNSW degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to UNSW. 

Entry programs for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We offer entry programs for Indigenous Australians, including the Indigenous Preparatory Programs and the Indigenous Admission Scheme (IAS). The entry pathway program you apply for will depend on the degree you want to study. 

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Admission pathways


UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more
.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

The Bachelor of Economics/Advanced Science (Honours) is a five-year full-time (or longer part-time) double degree program consisting of approximately 40 courses, including a supervised Science research theses. 

The program includes:

  • Economics core courses
  • Introductory Business courses
  • Economics elective courses or an Economics major
  • Business electives or the option to pursue a Commerce major or minor
  • An Advanced Science major
  • Science electives
  • An Advanced Science honours project

Professional experiences:

  • In Economics you can complete up to two for-credit work industry experiences such as an internship or business practicum
  • The SCIF3199 Science Work Placement course gives you the opportunity to gain work experience through an internship.
  • The SCIF2041 Research Internship course gives you the opportunity to complete a short theoretical or experimental research project in a world-leading research team supervised by a member of academic staff.

For further information you can visit the Bachelor of Advanced Science or Bachelor of Economics single degree pages.

Study areas

    • Data Analytics and Econometrics
    • Economic Policy and Society
    • Macroeconomics and Financial Markets
    • Anatomy
    • Archaeology
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Bioinformatics
    • Biological Science
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemistry
    • Climate Science
    • Genetics
    • Geography
    • Geology
    • Geoscience and Spatial Information Systems
    • Marine Science
    • Materials Science
    • Mathematics
    • Microbiology and Immunology
    • Neuroscience
    • Oceanography
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacology
    • Physics
    • Physiology
    • Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Vision Science
    • Anatomy
    • Palaeosciences
    • Molecular Biology
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Climate Science
    • Physical Geography
    • Geology
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics
    • Immunology
    • Marine Science
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Vision Science
    • Accounting
    • Asian Studies
    • Indigenous Studies
    • Australian Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • Development Studies
    • Business Analytics
    • Environmental Humanities
    • European Studies
    • Finance
    • Financial Technology
    • French Studies
    • German Studies
    • History
    • International Business
    • Information Systems
    • International Relations
    • Japanese Studies
    • Korean Studies
    • Marketing
    • Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Politics
    • Sociology and Anthropology
    • Spanish Studies
    • Business Law

Future careers

The explosion of technology and data in the 21st century has propelled the demand for science and technology skills and career opportunities for STEM graduates. In Australia, employment in STEM occupations has grown by 19.7% in the past five years. This has made a science degree one of the most valuable degrees in Australia and abroad.

Combined with economics, this double degree equips you with transferrable, in-demand skills in analysis, statistics, critical thinking, economic analysis and communication that can be applied in almost any industry. Graduates of both programs are renowned by employers, and have successful careers across the private sector, financial and scientific institutions, and government departments.

Potential careers

  • Economist
  • Business consultant
  • Economic forecaster
  • Environmental consultant
  • Investment banker
  • Research Scientist or Laboratory technician 
  • Mathematician
  • Statistical analyst 

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Ready to start your application?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2022 Indicative First Year Fee
$10,140*

Commonwealth Supported Place multiple Student Contribution Bands may apply for this double degree. See single degrees for the applicable fee bands.*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

2022 Indicative First Year Fee
$46,840*
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$245,005*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

The learning culture at UNSW, which challenges the status quo, helped set me apart from others.
Alumni, Harry Goldberg

Harry Goldberg

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