The Political Economy courses introduce candidates to key economic debates in their social, political and institutional contexts. The approach is pluralist, encouraging critical analysis and engagement with a wide range of theories and their applications.
We study issues such as country risk, globalisation, financialisation and fragility, economic and social policies, development and trade, economic and environmental sustainability, labour and migration, regional economies, economic rights and inequality.
Our degrees are designed to combine effectively with a range of other training and experience – including journalism, business, government policy, social and community work and public health. Our students reflect this diversity and bring a variety of perspectives to the debates.
Dr Susan Schroeder
Phone: +61 2 9351 3666
Please refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different coursework award courses.
Awards and requirements
The units of study for the course are found on the Political Economy unit of study in this handbook.
Graduate Certificate in Political Economy
Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Political Economy are required to complete 24 credit points including:
- a minimum of 6 credit points of core units of study
- a maximum of 18 credit points from core elective units of study
Graduate Diploma in Political Economy
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Political Economy are required to complete 48 credit points including:
- a minimum of 12 credit points from core units of study
- a minimum of 12 credit points from core elective units of study
- a maximum of 18 credit points from elective units of study
Master of Political Economy
Candidates for the Master of Political Economy are required to complete 72 credit points including:
- a minimum of 18 credit points from core units of study
- a minimum of 18 credit points from core elective units of study
- a maximum of 24 credit points from elective units of study
- a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study
Candidates who have completed previous study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for a reduction in the requirements in accordance with the table below.
|Level of prior learning||Full-time duration||Credit points to complete|
|AQF Level 7 eg. a bachelor's degree in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law||1.5 years||72|
|Relevant professional experience equivalent to a Graduate Certificate||1 year||48|
|AQF Level 8 eg. Honours in a relevant discipline||1 year||48|
Students must have a substantial background in a relevant academic discipline to be eligible to enrol in research degrees in Political Economy.
Professor Adam David Morton
Phone: +61 2 9351 2763
Please refer to the degree resolutions in this handbook and to the Faculty Admissions Policy and Procedure for: Doctor of Philosophy: Pathways to admission, for information on the specific admission requirements for different research award courses.
Awards and requirements
The Master of Arts (Research) is designed to develop students’ disciplinary knowledge and research skills through a program of postgraduate coursework (2 units of study) and a supervised research project culminating in a thesis. This degree is suitable for students who have a major in Political Economy but who do not have an honours degree.
The Master of Philosophy is a research degree in which students undertake an extended piece of original research, which is the basis for an individually supervised thesis.
The Doctor of Arts, Doctor of Social Sciences and Doctor of Philosophy degrees have the most stringent requirements for entry. Students are required to undertake a major original research project and to write an individually supervised thesis of 80,000 to 100,000 which makes an original and significant contribution to the field.