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Master of  Economics and Public Policy

Program code: 5545

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

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

Commencing

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

The Master of Economics and Public Policy is an economics-focused, interdisciplinary program that examines the complex relationship between public policy, governance and economics.

  • This 24-unit program is designed for applicants who have a bachelor's degree in economics, business, or commerce; or who have some university-level background in economics. See Program Details for information about admission requirements.
  • Receive advanced training in areas including macroeconomics, econometrics, public policy, and research. The program also offered a broad range electives courses, which means you can tailor your studies to suit your interests or goals.
  • Benefit from a program offered by both the School of Economics and the School of Political Science and International Studies. All courses also emphasise understanding and practical application – rather than memorisation and rote learning.
  • Join a long tradition of teaching, research and graduate excellence at two of the best schools in Australia for economics and politics research. You'll be taught by some of Australia's leading academics and internationally respected experts.

Gain the skills to be a leading authority in public-sector economics and analysis, and pursue a meaningful career in areas such as governance and policy-making, economic development, international aid and development, and management.

  • 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.

  • Professional experience

    Work closely with experts

    UQ is home to the Energy Economics and Management Group, the Macroeconomics Research Group, and the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. This means our teaching, and your learning, are enhanced by the best and latest knowledge.

  • Alumni
    “The best thing about the program is that it covers a whole range of courses in economics and public policy, and has a vast range of elective courses that complement the program... Courses have given me exposure to different approaches to studying, researching and writing." Khadeeja Majidha Hassan, MEconPP (2015)

Career outcomes

Our Master of Economics and Public Policy graduates are sought after in economic policy areas within governments at local, state and federal levels, and internationally.

In Australia and internationally, our graduates have secured jobs with:

  • central banks, including the Reserve Bank of Australia.
  • public sector agencies, such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian National Audit Office.
  • policy review and advisory boards, such as the Productivity Commission.
  • international organisations, including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the International Monetary Fund.
  • international financial institutions, such as the World Bank.

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.

  • 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.

Summary

  • Program code
    5545
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    24
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

An approved Bachelor degree with a GPA of at least 4.50 on a 7 point scale. An approved degree is a Bachelor degree in the discipline of economics, business or commerce; or a Bachelor degree containing at least four courses in any three of the following areas: microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics and mathematics; or the graduate certificate in economics from this university with a GPA of 4.5.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Master of Economics and Public Policy 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 and Public Policy. 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 and Public Policy 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:

  • Economic Society of Australia

Dual programs

Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available with the Master of Economics and Public Policy:

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Economics and Public Policy 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 and Public Policy 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 $30,040
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Economics and Public Policy 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

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

The program code for the Master of Economics and Public Policy is 5545. 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 Economics and Public Policy 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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