Taught by the Department of Economics, this five-year doctoral program in economics sits among the world's top Graduate Research programs, with substantial coursework, research and supervision available across a wide variety of areas in the field of economics.
This program is designed for students with prior training in economics or a cognate discipline with a strong analytical/mathematical component, who wish to acquire the advanced skills needed to practice as a professional economist in the public or private sectors.
When undertaking the Doctoral Program in Economics we can offer PhD supervision for topics in a wide range of specialisations, including:
|behavioural economics||development economics|
|econometric theory||economic design|
|economics of education||economics of innovation|
|experimental economics||financial economics|
|health economics||industrial economics|
|international economics||labour economics and social policy|
|labour market research and analysis||longitudinal survey research|
|macroeconomic forecasting and business cycles analysis||macroeconomic policy research and analysis|
|micro-simulation modelling||monetary economics|
|social policy research and analysis.|
Students who have completed a four year Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline that includes one year honors with a research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study, and a minimum weighted average of 75% in final-year subjects++ are admitted into the Master of Commerce (Economics) coursework.
Doctoral program applicants without any proper research training must complete a 25-point Research Report subject in the first year of the program in order to proceed to year two.
|Structure||GMAT or GRE#||Research Proposal*||Supervision|
|GRE||100-word proposal as part of CV||No need to locate a supervisor prior to applying|
#Completed within last 5 years at time of application. Applicants to the PhD degree in Economics offered by the Department of Economics and the Melbourne Institute are exempted from the GRE requirement if: they have previously provided a GRE result for their admission to the first year of the Doctoral Program in Economics (comprising the second year of the Master of Economics); or had that waived by the Faculty on the basis of completion of an Australian tertiary qualification within 18 months of applying OR as a holder of a permanent Humanitarian Visa for Australia.
* Guidelines available online at fbe.unimelb.edu.au/phd
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded on the basis of a thesis of approximately 80,000–100,000 words, in which candidates report on an independent, sustained and academically supervised research project investigating a specialised topic.
More information regarding the course structure of the Master of Commerce (Economics) can be found in the handbook.
Having thoroughly enjoyed my undergraduate years here, when it came time to make the decision to pursue a PhD, the University of Melbourne became a natural first choice. In addition, my research employs an experimental methodology, and Melbourne has a great Economics Experimental Laboratory. Also, the coursework component in the Doctoral Program is an excellent way for students to improve their technical skills while forming bonds with each other - something that would have been more difficult to do in the traditional, individualistic nature of research-only structures. Boon Han Koh PhD candidate (Economics)
As an international student, I expected it to be challenging starting a new life in a foreign country while attending such a rigorous program. Instead, I have been overwhelmed by the support from the faculty, administrative staff members, and my fellow PhD students who are from all over the world! I also started tutoring, which has further developed my learning, and helped me gain confidence in building my academic career. Farzana Hossain PhD candidate (Economics)