Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics and Data Science

| Interdisciplinary Integrated Degree

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. 


For GCE 'A' level certificate holders:
  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A pass in H2 Level Mathematics and
  • A pass in H2 Level Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Computing
International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • A good grade in Mathematics at Higher Level and
  • A good grade in Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Computer Science at Higher Level
NUS High School Diploma
  • Major CAP of 2.0 in Mathematics and
  • Major CAP of 2.0 in Physics/Chemistry/Biology
International & Other Qualifications
  • A good grade in Mathematics at Senior High School Level and a good grade in Physics/Chemistry/Biology at Senior High School Level


More details on admission can be found here.


Successful Polytechnic applicants will be exempted certain courses that will be confirmed before the start of their first semester.

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics and Data Science programme is designed as a four-year course. To graduate, students are required to complete 140 academic units (AUs) from the Econ Major Requirements (ECON), Data Science 2nd Major Requirement  and General Education Requirements (GER).

Curriculum (AY2021 and onwards)

The BSc (Hons) in Economics & Data Science is designed as a four-year course. To graduate, students are required to complete 140 academic units (AUs) from the General Education Requirements (GER) and Economics & Data Science Major Requirements (ECDS).

ProgrammeMajor RequirementsGeneral Education Requirement (GER)Broadening ElectivesTotal
COREPrescribed ElectivesFinal Year ProjectInternshipCOREPrescribed Electives
Economics (ECON)18 AUs17 AUs8 AUs10 AUs8 AUs3 AUs6 AUs140 AUs
Data Science (DS)36 AUs34 AUs

Description of Abbreviation

BM - Business & Management

Table 1: Core Requirements (54 AUs)

Course TypeSemCourse CodeCourse TitleAUTotal AU Load
Core (ECON)1HE1001Microeconomics Principles318
1HE1002Macroeconomics Principles3
2HE2001Intermediate Microeconomics3
2HE2002Intermediate Macroeconomics3
1HE2005Principles of Econometrics3
2HE3021Intermediate Econometrics3
Core (DS)1MH1805Calculus436
1CZ1003Introduction to Computational Thinking3
2MH2802Linear Algebra for Scientists3
2MH1812Discrete Mathematics3
2CZ1007Data Structures3
1MH2100Calculus III4
1MH2500Probability and Introduction to Statistics4
1CZ1015Introduction to Data Science and AI3
2CZ2007Introduction to Database System3
2CZ3005Artificial Intelligence3


Table 2: Major Prescribed Electives Requirements (51 AUs)

ECON - FIVE (5) courses, consisting of one HE40XX and one HE403X course.(17 AU)
DS - ELEVEN (11) courses.(34 AU)


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

Table C: 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.


Table D: Internship Requirements (10 AUs)

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.


Table E: GER-Core Requirements (8 AUs)

Communication Skills 
§  HW0105 Academic Communication in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (Compulsory)
§  HW0208 Academic Communication in the Social Sciences (Compulsory)


GC0001 Environmental Sustainability  (online, to be taken in Year 1)1
ML0003 Kickstart Your Career Success (online, to be taken in Year 3)1
HY0001 Ethics & Moral Reasoning (online, to be taken in Year 2)1
ET0001 Enterprise & Innovation (online, to be taken in Year 3)1


Table F: GERPE Requirements (3 AUs)

Business and Management (BM) *students can clear this using MOOCs also.3 AUs

Table G: Broadening Electives (6 AUs)

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

A degree in Economics at NTU provides graduates with a vast array of job opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Economic majors are valued for their critical thinking and analytical skills. They also benefit from an in-depth understanding of social organisations, culture and other social phenomena.

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