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)

Admission to the PhD in the field of Economics is highly competitive. Those successful in gaining admission typically have GPAs and research experience at a level higher than the University’s minimum entry requirements.

Find out more about how to apply to the PhD program.

Enquiries about the admission process and your application can be made with the HDR Liaison Officer at

If you are successful in gaining a place in the PhD program you will have the opportunity to complete courses in your first year tailored to your background and the specific needs in relation to your research project, to expand your technical capacity. 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.

If you do not meet the requirements for entry to the PhD the School of Economics offers a cutting-edge Master of Advanced Economics program (MAE). This challenging and exciting coursework program has been specially designed to develop advanced technical skills in Economics and Econometrics.

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

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

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.

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