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Master of  Development Economics

Program code: 5587
CRICOS code: 082598G

Location

St Lucia

Duration

2 Years full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

The Master of Development Economics will teach you how to address one of the most critical problems facing humanity: how can we create thriving, sustainable economies to overcome poverty and inequality?

  • This two-year program is designed for applicants with a bachelor's degree in any discipline, a Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies from UQ, or a Graduate Diploma in Economics from UQ – see Program Details.
  • Expand your knowledge of economics to the developing world by receiving comprehensive training in microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics and econometrics, as well as knowledge of the forces that affect developing economies.
  • Develop key quantitative skills in econometrics, cost / benefit analysis, and operations research. You can also choose from a range of electives available from four different schools within UQ, and have the option of completing a thesis in your final year.
  • Join a long tradition of teaching, research and graduate excellence at UQ's School of Economics. Our economists rank among Australia's best and claim a large share of Australia's economics honours, research grants, and fellowships.

Understand the complex forces that shape global economic growth, trade and development, and learn the skills and the knowledge that can help you change the world.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    According to Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), the UQ School of Economics is in the top 25 per cent of research institutions in the world – ranked 49th in the world and 2nd in Australia (April 2018). 

  • In the classroom

    Flexible study framework

    Enjoy the flexibility of a study framework that balances compulsory pre-requisites with elective study areas. You can choose to specialise in study areas including health economics; environmental economics; and international economics and politics.

  • Employability

    Build a career

    In your final year you'll have the option of writing a thesis on an original topic. This will not only further your expertise and skills in critical thinking, writing, project management and problem-solving, but also potentially open doors to a future career in research within industry or academia.

  • Professional experience

    Link up with industry and the profession

    The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law's award-winning Student Employability Team (SET) helps students develop their careers through internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.

Career outcomes

Our Master of Development Economics graduates are at the front lines of policy development, economic modelling, and analysis.

Qualifications are in demand domestically and internationally within private and public sectors, aid agencies, consultancies, and the areas of project management and infrastructure planning.

Across sectors, graduates have secured jobs as:

  • consultants
  • policy advisors
  • project officers
  • economic analysts
  • researchers.

Other graduates further their research ambitions and enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they develop their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Work closely with experts

    UQ is home to the Australian Institute of Business and Economics and research centres including the Centre for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis and the Macroeconomics Research Group. This means our teaching, and your learning, are enhanced by the very best and very latest research.

  • Alumni
    "The program fostered a deeper comprehension of the many challenges facing both developed and developing countries across the globe. The lecturers are very professional and they bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom." Sydney Armstrong, , MDevEcon (2015)

Summary

  • Program code
    5587
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    32
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code
    082598G

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

A Bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline with a GPA of at least 4.50 on a 7 point scale; or a Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies; or Graduate Diploma in Economics with a GPA of at least 4.50 on a 7 point scale.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Development Economics are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Master of Development 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 Development 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 Development Economics at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society
  • Development Studies Network (ANU)
  • Economic Society of Australia

Further study options

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

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $38,528
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Development Economics for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Master of Development Economics can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Development Economics is 5587. You'll need this when applying.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Development Economics is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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