Master of Economics

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

In 2015 the University of Sydney’s School of Economics is launching our new and improved Master of Economics (MEc). The MEc will combine an enhanced focus on industry-relevant training with the academic rigour that has long been a hallmark of the School’s postgraduate economics coursework degrees. The new MEc will have a distinct focus on Applied Economics and provide students with the opportunity to tailor their study to their own interests and experience via access to a wide range of elective units of study.

Our aspiration is for the MEc to be recognised as the premier professional development qualification in Economics in the Australian job market and the economics postgraduate degree of choice for employers seeking to hire at the postgraduate level.

While our enviable reputation owes a great deal to our distinguished alumni community, it is complemented by the strength and dynamism of our research activities; we are ranked world-class in all fields of Economics and are top-rated in the Asia-Pacific in a number of applied fields such as Macroeconomics and Behavioural Economics.

Specialisations

Embedded courses

Further course information

Study plan

To be awarded the Master of Economics, students must successfully complete a total of 12 units of study (72 credit points), comprising:

• three core foundational units of study (18 credit points)
• four core units of study (24 credit points)
• one area of specialisation (one major), consisting of at least three units of study (18 credit points), from the subject areas of economics, econometrics and financial economics
• an optional second specialisation (three units of study or 18 credit points) or elective units of study selected from the specialisation subject areas for majors and electives.

Foundational (core) units of study:
• ECMT5001 Principles of Econometrics
• ECON5001 Microeconomic Theory
• ECON5002 Macroeconomic Theory.

Please Note: Foundational (core) units cannot be counted towards majors.

Core units of study:

Core units of study must be completed for this degree:

• ECMT6002 Econometric Applications
• ECON6001 Microeconomic Analysis 1
• ECON6002 Macroeconomic Analysis 1
• ECON6003 Mathematical Methods of Economic Analysis

Please Note: The core units of study maybe counted towards majors, please refer to the particular major for further details of units of study available under these subject areas.

Specialisation subject areas
Students complete their specialisation and electives from the following subject areas.
• Economics
• Econometrics
• Financial Economics

Progression rules

Please see the following webpage regarding Progression rules and examples in the Master of Economics course:
http://sydney.edu.au/arts/economics/postgrad/master_economics.shtml

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The University of Sydney Master of Economics comes from a long tradition of excellence that started in 1920. A Nobel Laureate, John Harsanyi, numerous business leaders and many Australian politicians received their undergraduate and/or postgraduate Economics training from us.

Many of our recent graduates include A Nobel Laureate, John Harsanyi, numerous business leaders and many Australian politicians. Graduates have gone on to hold positions in Treasury, the Reserve bank and other policy departments across federal and state governments, as well as in international financial agencies, markets and institutions.

Our graduates have taken on leading roles in the corporate world and key positions in the not-for-profit sector. You can join them.

Further study

Specialisations (18 credit points) are available in Economics, Econometrics, or Financial Economics. Students can complete specialisations in more than one subject area.

Admission

Admission requirements

(a) a bachelor's degree with from the University of Sydney with a minimum credit (65%), or an equivalent qualification.

Upgrade is possible from a Grad Cert to a Grad Dip or Masters in the embedded degree.

Upgrade is possible for a Grad Dip to Masters in the embedded degree.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

(i) directly to the University via the International Office; or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

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Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

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Additional incidental fees

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Potential for inaccuracy

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International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

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Additional incidental fees and health insurance

Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Master of Economics.

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Master of Economics.