The UQ School of Economics is one of the largest, most influential and prestigious Economics departments in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Across all major global rankings, UQ is consistently among the top 100 universities in the world. According to RePEc, UQ Economics ranks among the top 50 economics departments in the world. Its diverse research strengths span economic theory, applied economics and econometrics. The faculty consists of some of the foremost researchers and accomplished scholars in their specialisation, along with a growing cohort of exceptional junior academics. Our faculty consistently claim an over-proportionate share of Australia's Economics honours, competitive research grants, prestigious fellowships and high-quality publications.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

As would be expected for a world top-50 economics department, the University of Queensland’s School of Economics has a highly competitive entry process for students who wish to do a PhD program within the School. Those who are offered admission to the program typically have GPAs and research experience at a higher level than the minimum requirements. While we only admit excellent candidates with outstanding potential, we recognise that such candidates can have different backgrounds and goals and that excellent PhD theses can be produced by a variety of research methods. Therefore we offer different pathways for entry into the PhD.

Direct entry

Students who have successfully completed the UQ Bachelor of Economics Honours program (with honours class IIA or better), or a degree comparable to the UQ Master of Advanced Economics from another institution, are encouraged to apply directly to the PhD program.

Direct entry to the PhD program is applied for via the Graduate School website. Further details about the program and the minimum requirements for entry into the PhD degree can be found on the Graduate School website. Enquiries about the admission process and your application can be made with the HDR   Liaison Officer at hdr.economics@enquire.uq.edu.au

If you’re successful in gaining a direct place into the PhD program, you will be required, during the first year, to complete coursework tailored to your background and the specific needs in relation to your research project to expand your technical capacity. In some cases this may involve participation in international workshops. Coursework requirements will be finalised either at admission or within two months of arrival. The second and third year of study will be devoted to developing and writing your research.

Coursework masters pathway

An alternative pathway, for those students who do not meet the requirements to enter the PhD directly, is to undertake the Master of Advanced Economics (MAE) before applying for the PhD. The MAE has been specifically designed to develop advanced technical skills in Economics and is a very challenging program in advanced economics and econometrics. 

The MAE is designed not only as a pathway into the PhD program but will ensure that students graduate with the capacity not merely to read leading-edge technical papers in elite economics journals but also to be able to produce papers capable of being published in such journals.

For information about the admission process and details about the entry requirements for the MAE, please contact the Student Liaison Officer for the Master of Advanced Economics at economics@uq.edu.au

The School of Economics will, at its discretion, assess only those students who will be progressing from the MAE into a PhD for a very competitive scholarship package for the one year duration of the MAE program.  The MAE program can also be studied as a stand-alone #16 or #24 unit Master program. 

If a student provides false or misleading information and as a result are awarded a scholarship but chooses not to progress to the PhD, they may be required to return the scholarship benefits to the School.

For information about the admission process and details about the entry requirements for the MAE, please contact the Student Liaison Officer for the Master of Advanced Economics at economics@uq.edu.au

Find out more about the Master of Advanced Economics.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Information about the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program can be found on the Graduate School website. Applications are made via the Graduate School website.

Enquiries about the admission process and your application can be made with the HDR Liaison Officer at hdr.economics@enquire.uq.edu.au.

Please note that as we have a limited number of spaces in our HDR program and MPhil and PhD applications are considered in the same application pool, MPhil applicants have a much smaller likelihood of being invited into the program. 

Potential applicants for both the PhD and MPhil programs are advised that it is a policy within the School of Economics to ignore or delete spam emails that show no sign of any research having been undertaken in the quest to find an appropriate adviser for a research project.