Master of Philosophy in Economics (MPhil)

Course Code DC009
Course Type Postgraduate
Credit Points Required 
CRICOS code 0009061C

The Master of Philosophy in Economics is a higher degree by research.

MPhil students may choose an area of specialisation for their MPhil from the School of Economics

Degree Rules

A Masters thesis should demonstrate the same general qualities of PhD research, but in a more limited way. The normal length of a Masters thesis is 50,000 words and the degree takes at least one year of full-time study to complete. The thesis is sent to two examiners, normally one internal and one external.

Admission to Research Degrees

For information regarding the standard entry criteria for admission to the MPhil program please see

An applicant who does not meet the standard Faculty admission criteria may be admitted to candidature for the MPhil if they have qualifications that are deemed equivalent by the Dean or Associate Dean. Please contact Dr Stephen Whelan, School of Economics Postgraduate Research Coordinator with inquiries:

Student Obligations

In the second semester of their candidature, all students must produce and defend a Thesis Prospectus. The prospectus will outline the research topic, its relation to existing literature in the field, the specific questions that the research will address, the proposed intellectual contribution of the study, the hypotheses or propositions to be developed, and the methods that will be employed to establish them. In addition, all students are required to regularly attend the School's Research-in-Progress Seminar and to make at least one annual presentation, beginning in their second year of candidature. Making successful progress annually by handing in the Annual Progress Report to the Faculty of Arts and Social Science Research is essential. All students are also required to ensure their enrolments for each semester through their Unikeys. Students can contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for assistance with their enrolments.


Candidature for an MPhil is for a minimum of 1.5 years full-time or three years part-time, and a maximum of two years full-time or four years part-time. This will typically include a probationary period of six months.

How to Apply

Apply online

For further assistance with the application process, please contact the Postgraduate Enquiries at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences