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Master of Economics and Public Policy

Program code: 5588
CRICOS code: 082599G

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

2 Years full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)

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

  • This program is designed for graduates who either haven't previously studied economics, or who have completed a Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies, or Graduate Diploma in Economics. For more information, see Program Details.
  • Receive comprehensive training in economics, from core principles to advanced-level study. Additional courses cover areas of political science and public policy, including the contributions of economic analysis to public policy.
  • 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.

As a Master of Economics and Public Policy graduate, you'll be a leading authority in public-sector economics and analysis. You'll be prepared to pursue a meaningful career in a wide range of areas including governance and policy-making, economic development, international aid, and management.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ’s School of Economics is consistently ranked in the top two per cent of research-intensive economic departments in the world. Our economics researchers also ranked in the top three in Australia in the 2015 ERA Outcomes.

  • In the classroom

    Flexible study framework

    The program balances compulsory pre-requisites with elective study areas. You can choose to specialise in areas including health economics, natural resource economics, and the dynamics of governance.

  • 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 very best and very 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

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 with a range of professional opportunities. These include internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.

Summary

  • Program code
    5588
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    32
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code
    082599G

Entry requirements

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 Economics and Public Policy 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 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

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, 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 $36,688
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Economics and Public Policy for the 2018 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

Apply now

All international student applications for the Master of Economics and Public Policy 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 Economics and Public Policy is 5588. 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 and Public Policy 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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