Advice on mathematics coursework for econometrics students

I have the following advice for new undergraduate students at the University of Sydney who wish to specialize in the study of econometrics. This may not be the best advice for everyone. It is tailored toward students with a strong mathematical background, who are considering postgraduate study in econometrics or a related quantitative field following the completion of four years of undergraduate study, including an Honours year. I assume that students are pursuing a joint Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Advanced Studies degree.

In my view, students of econometrics fitting the above description are best served by taking two majors: one in Econometrics, and one in Mathematics. Fitting both majors into three years of coursework, while satisfying the requirements for entry into a fourth year of Honours in Econometrics, takes some planning. I recommend the following plan for ambitious students. See my comments below for further suggestions.

Year 1, Semester 1

ECMT1010: Introduction to Economic Statistics (6 credit points)

ECON1001: Introductory Microeconomics (6 credit points)

MATH1902: Linear Algebra (3 credit points)

MATH1921: Calculus of One Variable (3 credit points)

An additional 6 credit points of Open Learning Environment (OLE) courses

Year 1, Semester 2

ECMT1020: Introduction to Econometrics (6 credit points)

ECON1002: Introductory Macroeconomics (6 credit points)

MATH1904: Discrete Mathematics (3 credit points)

MATH1923: Multivariable Calculus and Modelling (3 credit points)

An additional 6 credit points of OLE courses

Year 2, Semester 1

ECMT2950: Intermediate Econometrics (6 credit points)

ECOS2901: Intermediate Microeconomics (6 credit points)

MATH2922: Linear and Abstract Algebra (6 credit points)

MATH2921: Vector Calculus and Differential Equations (6 credit points)

Year 2, Semester 2

ECMT2160: Econometric Analysis (6 credit points)

ECOS2902: Intermediate Macroeconomics (6 credit points)

MATH2923: Analysis (6 credit points)

MATH2970: Optimization and Financial Mathematics (6 credit points)

Year 3, Semester 1

MATH3961: Metric Spaces (6 credit points)

Any two third year elective courses in Econometrics (12 credit points)

Any other relevant course (6 credit points)

Year 3, Semester 2

MATH3969: Measure Theory and Fourier Analysis (6 credit points)

Any third year elective course in Econometrics (6 credit points)

ECMT3997: Interdisciplinary Impact in Econometrics (6 credit points)

MATH3888: Projects in Mathematics (6 credit points)

Year 4, Semesters 1 and 2

Courses should be chosen in consultation with your Honours thesis supervisor.

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