The Two Masters of Applied Econometrics

20 Jan 2017

The Master of Applied Econometrics is a new offering from the UQ School of Economics and in December we had our first ever graduates from this program, Tim Ludlow and Jason Batchelor. They are now going in quite different pathways post-graduation.

Tim is taking a place in the new PhD program, which starts with the Master of Advanced Economics in the first year.

Tim said “The best part of the Master of Applied Econometrics is the quality of the lecturers, which provide lectures that are inspiring and challenging” He went on to say “Towards the end of the program I undertook a thesis, which allowed me to extend what I had learnt in the coursework and gain experience working with large datasets.”

Tim’s motivation to pursue full time study in economics came about when he was working in the Pharmaceutical industry as a Medical Representative. It was at this time he completed a Grad Cert in Pharmacoeconomics at Monash University. From here, he went on to complete an Advanced Master of International Economics and Finance at UQ before undertaking the Master of Applied Econometrics.

Jason Batchelor on the other hand is about to start in Sydney in the Commonwealth Bank Graduate Program in Institutional Banking and Markets. He said he “did and internship over the summer semester last year in the Institutional Banking and Markets Division. Upon completion of my internship I was offered a part-time role in Brisbane while I finished my studies.”

The Commonwealth Bank division where he is about to commence is responsible for the banking needs of very large corporations and governments from all around the world. Jason will take part in three rotations over the program, the first of which is in the Client Analytics team. Jason said, “This team uses Statistics and Machine Learning to deliver insights to clients which is the perfect fit for me given that I just completed the Master of Applied Econometrics degree.”

Of the Master of Applied Econometrics, Jason said, “the program offers a nice balance of economics and statistics, which really broadens my potential career prospects. I have found that my employers are impressed when I tell them what I’m studying, because they know how challenging yet valuable econometrics is in the economics and finance industry.”

We wish Tim and Jason the best of luck with their future endeavours and are sure their newly acquired Master of Applied Econometrics will hold them in good stead.

Read more about the Master of Applied Econometrics 1.5 year program and the 2 year program.