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BSocSci(Hons) Economics

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
4 Years
 Start month
October

 Tuition fee

International
17100 SGD
National
8050 SGD

Application fee

International 20 SGD
National 20 SGD
Department
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
SAT (avg)1225
ACT (avg)29

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About this course

The discipline of Economics is the key to an understanding and analysis of economies and their constituent components. In recent decades, this role has been strengthened by the infusion of mathematical, statistical and computational methods in the subject matter of Economics. Rigour of analysis, empirical validation of economic hypotheses, and contributions to business and public policy have been the main pillars on which the discipline's reputation has been built.

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Eligibility Criteria

The Economics major programme is open to all matriculated students of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences regardless of their pre-university background.

The medium of instruction at NUS is English. To enable you to benefit from an NUS education, we expect you to have achieved a minimum level of English proficiency. For certain qualifications, you are also required to furnish additional English Language test scores.

Please note that only IELTS and/or TOEFL scores obtained in the two years leading up to 1 March of the year of application will be considered. For instance, for applications closing on 1 March 2016, the validity period for the scores is from 1 March 2014 to 1 March 2016 (both dates inclusive).

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Course Modules

Single Major 

Pass at least 100 MCs of EC or EC-recognised modules, which must include the following:

  • EC1101E Introduction to Economic Analysis
  • EC2101 Microeconomic Analysis I
  • EC2102 Macroeconomic Analysis I
  • EC2104 Quantitative Methods for Economic Analysis(See Note 1) 
  • EC2303 Foundations for Econometrics (See Note 2)
  • EC3101 Microeconomic Analysis II
  • EC3102 Macroeconomic Analysis II
  • EC3303 Econometrics I (See Note 3)
  • EC3304 Econometrics II
  • EC4101 Microeconomic Analysis III
  • EC4102 Macroeconomic Analysis III
  • a maximum of 12 MCs of EC-recognised modules
  • a minimum of 40 MCs of Level-4000 EC modules, including
  • EC4101 Microeconomic Analysis III
  • EC4102 Macroeconomic Analysis III
  • a maximum of 2 level-5000 EC modules (subject to department's approval)

Note 1: 
Students who have passed any MA module that is not MA1301 or MA1311 or MA1312 or MA1421 are allowed to read any level-2000 or level-3000 EC elective or EC-recognised module in lieu of EC2104.

Note 2: 
Students who have passed any ST module OR DSC1007 are allowed to read any level-2000 or level-3000 EC elective or EC-recognised module in lieu of EC2303.

Note 3: 
Students who have passed ST3131 are allowed to read any level-3000 EC elective in lieu of EC3303.

Note 4: 
To be on the Honours track, students must have completed 110 MCs, including 60 MCs in the Major, with a CAP of 3.2 and above.

Note 5: 
EC4401 Honours Thesis (15 MCs) is optional. To qualify for the Honours Thesis, students must have completed 110 MCs including 60 MCs of EC major requirements with a minimum SJAP of 4.0 and CAP of 3.5. In order to obtain Honours (Highest Distinction), students must achieve a CAP of 4.5 or higher AND pass the Honours Thesis.

Note 6: 
Students who do not attempt the Honours Thesis will read level-4000 or higher EC modules to fulfil the Honours Requirements.

Note 7: 
Students may also read a level-4000 Independent Studies Module (5 MCs). The level-4000 ISM carries a prerequisite of 100 MCs completed, including 60 MCs in the Major, with a minimum CAP of 3.2. It precludes the Honours Thesis.

Note 8: 
All level-4000 modules carry a general prerequisite of having completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in the Major, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 OR being on the Honours track (some level-4000 modules may have different prerequisites).

Second Major
Pass at least 48 MCs of EC or EC-recognised modules, which must include the following:  

  • EC1101E Introduction to Economic Analysis OR EC1301   Principle of Economics
  • EC2101 Microeconomic Analysis I
  • EC2102 Macroeconomic Analysis I
  • EC2104 Quantitative Methods for Economic Analysis (See Note 1) 
  • EC2303 Foundations for Econometrics (See Note 2)
  • EC3101 Microeconomic Analysis II
  • EC3102 Macroeconomic Analysis II
  • EC3303 Econometrics I (See Note 3)
  • a minimum of 20 MCs of EC modules at level-3000 or higher (including EC3101, EC3102 and EC3303)
  • a maximum of 8 MCs of EC-recognised modules

Note 1: 
Students who have passed any MA module that is not MA1301 or MA1311 or MA1312 or MA1421 are allowed to read any level-2000 or level-3000 EC elective or EC-recognised module in lieu of EC2104.

Note 2: 
Students who have passed any ST module OR DSC1007 are  allowed to read any level-2000 or level-3000 EC elective or EC-recognised module in lieu of EC2303.

Note 3: 
Students who have passed ST3131 are allowed to read any level-3000 EC elective in lieu of EC3303.

Minor
Pass at least 24 MCs of EC or EC-recognised modules, which include the following:

  • EC1101E Introduction to Economic Analysis OR EC1301    Principles of Economics (See Note 1)
  • EC2101 Microeconomic Analysis I
  • EC2102 Macroeconomic Analysis I (See Note 2)

Note 1:
Students who have passed BSP1005 or USE2301 are allowed to read any level-2000 or level-3000 EC elective or EC-recognised module in lieu of EC1101E/EC1301.

Note 2:
Students who have passed BSP2001 are allowed to read any level-2000 or level-3000 EC elective or EC-recognised module in lieu of EC2102.

Note 3:
EC-prefixed module exemptions (with 'EXE' grade) cannot be counted towards the EC minor requirements.

Note 4:
Modules with Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grade cannot be counted towards the EC minor requirements.

Note 5:
EC minor is offered to non-FASS students and to FASS students.

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How to Apply

Applicants are allowed to submit only one application online. Duplicate applications will not be considered. Forms which are downloaded and printed from our website will not be accepted. An acknowledgement screen showing your 8-digits application number will be displayed if your online application has been successfully submitted. Please save or print a copy of the acknowledgement screen for future reference.

  • Payment of Application Fee (S$20)
  • A non-refundable application fee of S$20 (inclusive of 7% Goods & Services Tax) must accompany your application.
  • Electronic submission of Application Checklist and supporting documents

Print and complete the Application Checklist. Attach the checklist with a clear set of supporting documents and upload it electronically at the Online Application Status Facility.

List of Supporting Documents required:

  • National level High school examination results slip (if applicable)
  • School examination results slip e.g. Year 11 High School transcripts/ SPM/ IGSCE/ Indian Standard 10
  • University academic transcripts (only applicable to applicants applying for 3-year Law Programme)
  • Additional results slip (if scores are indicated in application form) e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, SAT and SAT Subject Test scores, AP, ACT etc.
  • Passport / Birth Certificate / Identification Card (clearly reflecting your Full Name and Date of Birth)
  • Medical report(s) if you have or had any illnesses or disabilities (if applicable)
  • Criminal record(s) (if applicable)

Supporting documents must be arranged in the above order with full name and application number written on the top right hand corner of all copies.

Passport-sized photograph, extra-curricular activities records and recommendation letters are not required. All non-English supporting documents must be accompanied by an English translation, except for applicants submitting the Indonesian Ujian Nasional (UN)/Ebtanas or STPM result slips. Indonesian and Vietnamese applicants are required to translate Prizes/Awards documents before submission of documents.

All applicants are encouraged not to submit original certificates and documents. The Office of Admissions will not be held responsible for the damage or loss of original certificates or documents submitted. All documents submitted will not be returned.

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