Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Double Major - Economics and Psychology

Double major

Programme Type


The Double Major Programme is a four-year direct honours degree programme. Undergraduate students will read two majors chosen from among the disciplinary strengths of the four schools in the College, namely, the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), the School of Humanities (SoH), the School of Social Sciences (SSS), and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI).

Unlike the existing single discipline-based degrees, this degree will feature two distinct majors within an innovative new structure. As such this is a fully conceived double-disciplinary degree. Students will be admitted into this Double Major degree programme at the point of entry to NTU, and declare their two majors at this point.

During this four-year degree programme, undergraduates will read both Economics and Psychology, benefiting from the expertise and resources of both programmes from the School of Social Sciences(SSS).

The Economics curriculum offers opportunities to pursue specializations in both the traditional, as well as contemporary areas such as micro- and macro-economics, growth and development, labour economics, financial economics, environmental economics, health economics and behavioural economics.

The Psychology curriculum offers rigorous training to students in understanding human emotion, cognition and behaviours using scientific methods. The goals of our program focus on fostering critical thinking, methodological and quantitative reasoning skills. Students will complete a wide range of courses including but not limited to abnormal psychology, biopsychology, clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, personality and social psychology.
4-Year Direct Honours Programme
This is a four-year direct honours degree programme. If your CGPA is 3.0 and above, your Honours stays with you.

Equal Weightage 
Unlike second major, you will receive equal training for both majors. 

Degree Scroll
Both majors will be listed on the degree school. You will be recognised for the effort and time spent for the programme


You may apply to change your programme after your first year. You must meet the minimum requirement set for your admit year and the acceptance of the new selected programme.

For GCE 'A' level certificate holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in H2 Level Mathematics
  • A good grade in General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry

For International Baccalaureate Diploma holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in Mathematics at Higher Level
  • A good grade in English at Standard Level

For NUS High School Diploma holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • Major CAP of 2.0 in Mathematics
  • Good Overall CAP in English Language

For International Students & Students with other qualifications:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in Mathematics at Senior High School Level
  • A good grade in General Paper/English at Senior High School Level
Successful Polytechnic applicants will be exempted certain courses that will be confirmed before the start of their first semester.
A 4-year direct honours programme.  The core courses equip students with a firm foundation in their two Majors. Students can then choose from a range of prescribed electives in their interests. 

To graduate, students must complete two (2) categories of requirement, totalling at least 138 Academic Units (AUs): 

*Students who are eligible to do the FYP will be strongly encouraged to do an inter-major FYP.  Students whose GPAs fall in a certain range can choose whether or not to do the FYP. Students who do not do the FYP must clear 8 AUs of PEs (two 4000-level courses, one from each discipline) within the double major

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core Courses (ICC):

ICC Curriculum

Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE):

BDE Curriculum

I. Economics Courses

Core [12 AUs]
HE1001 Microeconomics Principles
HE1002 Macroeconomics Principles 
HE2001 Intermediate Microeconomics 
HE2002 Intermediate Macroeconomics 

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

1. Compulsory Courses:
     HE1004 Mathematics for Economists I
     HE2003 Econometrics I
     HE3001 Microeconomics III
     HE3002 Macroeconomics III
     HE3003 Econometrics II
     MH1820 Probability & Introduction to Statistics

2. Two (2) HE4XXX courses [8 AUs]

HE4001 Advanced Microeconomics
HE4002 Advanced Macroeconomics
HE4003 Advanced International Finance
HE4004 Behavioural Economics
HE4005 Growth Theory and Empirics
HE4010 Singapore Economy In A Globalized World
HE4011 Current Topics in Economics
HE4013 Experimental Economics
HE4015 Personnel Economics
HE4017 Monetary Economics
HE4018 Finance and Development
HE4020 Econometric Time Series Analysis
HE4021 Advanced Econometrics
HE4022 Empirical Strategy and Programme Evaluation
HE4023 Economics of Organisations and Corporate Management

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II. Psychology Courses

Core [12 AUs]
HP1000 Introduction to Psychology
HP1100 Fundamentals of Social Science Research
HP2100 Research Design and Data Analysis in Psychology
HP2600 Cognitive Psychology

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

1. Two (2) HP2XXX courses [6 AUs] 
     Choose two out of five:
    -  HP2200 Biological Psychology
    -  HP2300 Developmental Psychology
    -  HP2400 Social Psychology
    -  HP2500 Personality and Individual Differences
    -  HP2700 Abnormal Psychology

 2. Two (2) HP3XXX courses [6 AUs]

 3. Two (2) HP4XXX level courses [8 AUs], at least one must be a laboratory course 

 4. Remaining 6 AUs from HP2XXX/3XXX/4XXX courses

Psychology Prescribed Electives
HP3002 Positive Psychology
HP3003 The Psychology of Everyday Design
HP3004 The Psychology of Food and Eating
HP3100 Selected Topics in Basic Psychological Sciences
HP3101 Applied Statistical Methods for Psychological Research
HP3200 Selected Topics in Social and Personality Psychology
HP3201 Evolutionary Psychology
HP3203 Conservation Psychology
HP3204 An Ape's Guide to Human Language
HP3300 Selected Topics in Applied Psychological Sciences
HP3302 Cognitive Development
​HP3303 Geropsychology
HP3400 Selected Topics in Basic Psychological Sciences
HP3402 Social Cognition
HP3500 Selected Topics in Social and Personality Psychology
HP3501 Human Motivation
HP3601 Human Memory
HP3603 Sensation and Perception​
HP3700 Selected Topics in Basic Psychological Sciences
HP3702 Child Psychopathology
HP3703 Health Psychology
HP3704 Introduction to Neuropsychology
HP3708 Biopsychosocial Criminology
HP3802 Personnel Psychology
HP3804 Psychological Testing
HP3805 Managing Organisational Behavior
HP3806 Consumer Psychology
HP3807 Occupational Health Psychology​
HP3901 Cultural Psychology 

Laboratory Courses
HP4021 Laboratory in Human and Animal Neuroscience
HP4031 Laboratory in Developmental Psychology
HP4041 Laboratory in Social Psychology
HP4051 Laboratory in Personality and Individual Differences
HP4061 Laboratory in Cognitive Psychology
HP4063 Research Lab in Language in Perception and Thought
HP4081 Laboratory in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
HP4091 Current Research in Cultural Psychology

Professional Courses
HP4102 Trauma Psychology, Crisis Intervention and Management
HP4103 Forensic and Criminal Psychology
HP4104 Evidence-based Practice in Clinical Psychology
HP4105 Correctional Psychology
HP4106 Mental Health in the Community
HP4107 Industrial-Organisational Psychology in Practice

HP4002 Qualitative Methods in Psychology
HP4012 Applied Multivariate Methods for Psychological Research
HP4200 Seminar in Selected Topics
HP4201 Technology and Social Behaviour
HP4222 The Neuroscience of Love
HP4232 Development of Self-Regulation
HP4233 Social Cognition in Childhood
HP4242 Advanced Topics in Social Cognition
HP4243 Intergroup Relations
HP4262 Multisensory Integration
HP4271 Cognitive Neuroplasticity
HP4272 Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
HP4273 Introduction to Functional Neuroimaging
HP4274 The Last Dance: Psycho-Social-Cultural Perspectives of Death, Dying and Bereavement
HP4281 Psychology of Leadership
HP4500 Seminar in Selected Topics

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III. Inter-Major Prescribed Electives

Students must clear at least 8 AUs from the Inter-Major Prescribed Electives listed below. 

Inter-Major PE offerings from Economics:
(Note: Only HE4040 and HE4140 can be counted as Major PEs)
HE2006 International Monetary Economics
HE2007 Money and Banking
HE2010 Development Economics
HE2011 Labour Economics & Labour Relations
HE2013 International Trade
HE2015 Macroeconomic Issues and Policies in Contemporary China
HE2020 Survey Methods and Sampling Technique
HE2021 Public Economics
HE2022 Industrial Organisation and Business Strategies
HE2023 Housing Economics
HE3004 Health Economics
HE3005 Environmental Economics
HE3007 Financial Economics
HE3011 Cost‐Benefit Analysis
HE3013 Urban Economics
HE3014 Economics of Corporate Finance
HE3016 Principles of Mathematics Finance
HE3021 Intermediate Econometrics
HE3022 Econometric Modelling & Forecasting
HE3023 Econometric Analysis of Financial Data
HE3024 Introduction to Applied Economic Policy Research
HE3025 Introduction to Data Analytics
HE4040 Behavioural Economics
HE4140 Experiment Economics

Inter-Major PE offerings from Psychology:
All listed Psychology MPEs can be counted towards Inter-Major PE requirement.


Graduates will develop integral transferable skills that all employers require, such as communication, numeracy and independent learning. Teaching on statistics and research methodology, as well as scientific methods will allow graduates to understand and manipulate quantitative and qualitative data.

With their understanding of people and the economy, one possible career option is Market Research Analyst. Market research analysts evaluate market data such as demographics and economic conditions to determine how best a company can spend its money to increase sales.

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