Master of Political Economy

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

Political Economists study the economy as social scientists. The Master of Political Economy looks at economic questions in their social and political context and from different perspectives. It develops a deeper understanding of issues of power and inequality, the forces of globalisation and their impacts on national economic policy settings, to trade-offs between the free market and broader social concerns.

Taught by the largest group of political economists at any Australian university, and as the only course of its kind nationally, the Master of Political Economy provides unparalleled knowledge of the important trends underlying the global economy and its transformation.

This unique course complements a broad range of training and experience, preparing graduates with the necessary skills for careers across the business, journalism, social, community and public sectors.

The Department of Political Economy is recognised as a leading centre for economic analysis and research, and the Master of Political Economy attracts a diverse spectrum of social scientists seeking a deeper knowledge of economic issues and perspectives. This program is also suitable for those holding existing qualifications in economics, business or finance wanting to understand the social context and alternative perspectives on economic processes.

You’ll acquire a multifaceted understanding drawn from pluralist and at times conflicting perspectives. Core units on research methods of political economy are matched with the opportunity to specialise in particular issues, including trade regulation, finance and economic change, migration, human rights and development.

Course outline

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.

Study plan


Graduates of the Master of Political Economy must complete:

(a) a minimum of 18 credit points from core units of study; and
(b) a minimum of 18 credit points from core elective units of study; and
(c) a maximum of 24 credit points from elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points can be taken as elective units from units of study outside those listed in the Political Economy subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including units of study offered by other faculties.
(d) a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first 4 units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone experience

Eligible candidates undertaking the degree of Master of Political Economy have the option of completing a long essay/project on an approved topic with a value of 6 credit points, under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Political Economy will be prepared for a range of careers in international companies, finance and research. Opportunities for further study are also available. Graduates of the Master of Political Economy who have completed a dissertation with a meritorious grade are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in their chosen subject area.

Further study

Graduates of the Master of Political Economy who have completed a dissertation with a meritorious grade are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in their chosen subject area.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Master of Political Economy requires:

a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, including a major in the Social Sciences, 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. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

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International students

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Additional incidental fees and health insurance

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Potential for inaccuracy

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