Potential PGR Students

Is the USyd PhD for you?

We encourage people with strong backgrounds in economics, psychology, mathematics, statistics and other social and physical sciences to apply.

Considering Applying for a PhD in Economics?

Studying at the University of Sydney offers students the opportunity to pursue their research interests while working with some of Australia's most respected economic thinkers. Rigorous training is provided in a range of economic and econometric fields that span both theoretical and applied fields. Students are encouraged to participate in the academic life of the School and engage with the broader academic community through seminars and international conferences.

With research strengths in a number of key areas, the School provides training and Doctoral supervision for topics in a wide range of specialisations.

Thinking of undertaking a PhD or Masters of Philosophy in Economics?
See what some of our recent graduates had to say about their time at the School of Economics.

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XiaoGang Che, University of Alberta
As one of the leading economics departments, the School of Economics provides an excellent PhD training program for students. My foundation of knowledge and analytical skills are based on training I received in the School of Economics. I am now doing my post-doctoral research at University of Alberta, Canada. My time at the School of Economics was a time of great change; I am still in contact with many senior researchers at the School of Economics and have learnt that any task can be accomplished if you put your mind to it.

Danielle Merrett and fellow researcher in Papua New Guinea

Danielle Merrett, The World Bank
Undertaking a PhD in Economics is an extraordinary experience and if you are ever lucky enough to get the opportunity to do one I would highly recommend it. I enjoyed the intensity of thought, ideas and intellectual freedom that being a PhD student affords. The people are what really makes a PhD and I’ve been blessed to have met some amazing people and made some lifelong friends during my time as research student.

Danielle is now a technical consultant for The World Bank working on randomized controlled trials for economic development projects in the South Pacific.

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Franklin Yaozhou Liu, Frontier Economics
The University of Sydney's school of economics is one of the leading research institutions in the Asian Pacific region. I fully enjoyed my time as a PhD student here as I was surrounded by brilliant and curious minds every day. The economics PhD programme helps students develop important analytical and quantitative skills that are highly demanded on the job market. What I found most rewarding, however, is that economics has provided me with a completely new set of perspectives in understanding the world around us.

Franklin joined Frontier Economics, one of the leading economic consulting firms after his PhD study. His work mainly involves developing quantitative models for the energy sector and providing economic analysis and advice to various participants of the energy markets from both the public and private sectors.

Yibai Yang. Business School, University of Sydney
My time at the School of Economics was a fascinating experience. There were many excellent researchers and doctoral students in the School for me to learn from and work with. The PhD program provided me with the freedom to explore different fields of economics and the opportunity to build the knowledge and skills necessary for developing a career as an economics researcher.

Yibai is working as a PreDoctoral research associate at the University of Sydney Business School conducting theoretical research on modelling economic growth, technological change, and R&D.

Helpful Links and Information

  • Click HERE for a full list of academics in the School of Economics and their areas of expertise
  • To access the university-wide search engine for supervisors, visit:
    Research Supervisor Connect
  • For Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences information, visit: FUTURE STUDENTS

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