Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics and Data Science

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BSc (Hons) in Economics and Data Science

The newly launched Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics and Data Science programme combines expertise from 3 schools: School of Social Sciences (SSS), School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE), and School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS). 

This is a four-year degree programme in which undergraduate students will read 3 subject areas in Economics, Mathematics and Data Science. The programme provides its students with a strong foundation in Economics and subsequently prepares them not only to handle and deal with big data through Data Science but also develops their ability to make economic sense from their applications in modern large-scale data analysis. 

Upon graduation, students are expecting to work as data analysts, data scientists, economists and industry analysts who are skillful in analyzing big data.​

Curriculum (AY2021 and onwards)

ProgrammeMajor RequirementsInterdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC)Broadening ElectivesTotal
COREPrescribed ElectivesFinal Year ProjectCommon CoreFoundational Core
Economics (ECON)24 AUs15 AUs8 AUs17 AUs15 AUs6 AUs140 AUs
Data Science (DS)33 AUs22 AUs

1. Core Requirements (57 AUs)

Course TypeCourse CodeCourse TitleAUTotal AU Load
Core (ECON)HE1001Microeconomics I324
HE1002Macroeconomics I3
HE2001Microeconomics II3
HE2002Macroeconomics II3
HE2003Econometrics I3
HE3001Microeconomics III3
HE3002Macroeconomics III3
HE3003Econometrics II3
Core (DS)MH1805Calculus433
SC1003Introduction to Computational Thinking & Programming3
MH2802Linear Algebra for Scientists3
MH1812Discrete Mathematics3
SC1007Data Structures and Algorithms3
MH2100Calculus III4
MH2500Probability and Introduction to Statistics4
SC2001Algorithm Design and Analysis3
SC2207Introduction to Database System3
SC3000Artificial Intelligence3


2. Major Prescribed Electives Requirements (37 AUs)

ECON - Students are to choose one (1) level 3000 course and three(3) level 4000 courses, of which one (1) must be from the HE4xxx list.(15 AU)
DS - Students are to choose 22 AUs from the list of Data Science prescribed electives.(22 AU)

(Please refer to the course listings PDF document for the full list of Major PEs.)

3. Final Year Project Requirements (8 AUs)

Students with cGPA of 3.90 and above are required to do HE4099 Graduation Project (GP) to be eligible for Honours (Highest Distinction) and Honours (Distinction).  Refer to the Economics website for more information on GP.

*students that are not eligible to read HE4099 must read an additional TWO level-4000 modules to be counted towards the Major Prescribed Electives requirements.


4. ICC Common Cores(17 AUs)

CC0002 Navigating the Digital World2
CC0001 Inquiry and Communication in an Interdisciplinary World2
CC0007 Science & Technology for Humanity3
CC0006 Sustainability: Social, Economy & Environment3
CC0005 Healthy Living & Well-being3
ML0004 Career and Entrepreneurial Development for the Future World2
CC0003 Ethics & Civics in a Multi-Cultural World2


5. ICC Foundational Cores (15 AUs)

HW0228 Scientific Communication2
SC1015 Introduction to Data Science and AI3
Professional Internship 1#5
Professional Internship 2#5

# Students are required to do two internships. One of them must be related to Economics and the other must be related to Data Science. Each internship will be 10 weeks long and worth 5 AUs.

Students must do each internship during the Special Terms in their second and third year of studies.

6. Broadening and Deepening Electives (6 AUs)

Students may fulfill the AUs from any school or through online courses like MOOCs.

ECDS courses offered for Semester 2, AY2021/2022

Course CodeCourse Name
HE2001Microeconomics II
HE2002Macroeconomics II
SC1007Data Structures & Algorithms
SC1015SC1015 Introduction to Data Science & AI


Details will be provided at a later date.


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School of Social Sciences students are required to get their calculators registered at the SSS Undergraduate Office at any time during the following hours:

Time : 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Mondays to Friday, excluding public holiday)

Venue : SSS-01-02 (SSS Undergraduate Office counter)

However, if you have already registered your calculator previously and the seal is not broken, you do not have to register it again.

Re-registering of Calculator is required only if you are using a new calculator or the seal on your current calculator has broken.

Please remember that all calculators that are brought into the exam halls are to have the School's seal on it.

Please read carefully the Rules of Governing the Use of Calculators at Examinations.

Graphic calculators are allowed for use in the new GCE 'A' Level Curriculum from 2006. For consistency, the University will allow the use of graphic calculators with effect from S1 AY 2006-07 examinations.

Students are responsible for clearing any information and/or programs stored in the graphic calculators before the examination.