Master of  Economics

Program code: 5399

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Commencing

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

Interested in pursuing a career in economics? The Master of Economics teaches all the knowledge and skills expected of a professional economist, whether you're aiming to work in business, government, finance, or beyond.

  • This two-year program is designed for those 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 for entry requirements.
  • Receive comprehensive training in core and advanced-level economic courses. You can also choose from a range of electives to specialise in fields such as environmental economics, health economics, and economic development.
  • Benefit from a program that emphasises understanding and practical application as key approaches to addressing economic problems. You will develop strong skills in research, analysis, and critical- and logical-thinking.
  • Undertake an optional thesis in your final year to sharpen the skills required for a professional career in economics research, whether in industry or academia. You will participate in all aspects of defining and developing your chosen research topic.

Master of Economics graduates play a vital role in public life and are respected experts across multiple fields, both within Australia and around 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

The School of Economics takes great pride in its graduates, many of whom have taken up important positions in central and merchant banks, economic centres within government, and in policy think-tanks, both within Australia and internationally.

Our graduates of the Master of Economics are highly employable across private and public sectors in a large number of agencies, international organisations, consultancy companies, utilities, insurance companies, financial organisations, and banks.

Graduates have been employed in a wide range of areas including:

  • investment banking
  • senior consulting
  • financial analysis
  • government economic policy
  • research.

Employers have included major banks, Departments of Treasury, the Australian Taxation Office and the Reserve Bank of Australia.

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
    “I’m from Germany and was awarded a scholarship to study at UQ. One of the best things about studying here is the diversity of the student body – there are so many international students, which makes for a global experience. And even though UQ is such a big place, I’ve found the lecturers to be approachable and accessible." Patrick Duenow, MEcon

Summary

  • Program code
    5399
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    32
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

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.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Master of 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 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 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
  • Economic Society of Australia

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of 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, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Economics pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $32,930
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Economics at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Master of Economics can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Economics is 5399. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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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 Economics is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

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

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