Why study the Master of Advanced Economics

The Master of Advanced Economics degree forms part of the School of Economics PhD program requirements. Upon successful completion of this coursework degree, candidates embark on the second year of coursework in the PhD degree followed by 2-3 years of dissertation research.

The PhD program of the School of Economics is an umbrella for a one-year Masters degree and a 3-4 year PhD degree. Incoming students are accepted into the Master of Advanced Economics (MAdvEcon) degree, in which the first year of coursework is undertaken. Successful completion of the MAdvEcon with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.5 or higher on the 7-point UQ scale then allows students to enrol into the PhD degree. Within the PhD degree, students take the second year of coursework before embarking on the completion of their thesis over the subsequent 2-3 years.

Please note, the Master of Advanced Economics degrees (16 and 24 units) are only available to students pursuing a PhD with the School of Economics. Applicants wishing to undertake a coursework Masters program should consider the alternative degrees offered in the School of Economics suite of programs.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (12 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


To enrol in the program, a person must hold a relevant bachelor honours degree or equivalent as approved by the executive dean; or a relevant postgraduate degree in economics or cognate discipline; and satisfy the Executive Dean that, based on the academic record, the person is suitably qualified for admission.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Advanced Economics are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Advanced Economics. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Advanced Economics at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Advanced Economics have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

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