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Master of Economics

Course Description


Would you like to prepare yourself for high-level analysis and decision making roles in the public or private sectors?

From international trade to public policy and advanced econometrics, expose yourself to the latest thinking with a Master of Economics from the UWA Business School.

Course description, features and facilities

The Master of Economics is designed for students who plan to pursue careers as economic researchers and decision makers in the public or private sectors.

The course attracts people employed by the public service and private enterprise, as well as teachers already holding a Bachelor of Economics who seek to improve their professional qualifications through postgraduate studies.

Topics covered include microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, financial economics, resource economics, public economics, quantitative economics, economic history and economic development.

Economics at UWA

UWA’s Economics discipline enjoys a large number of international visiting experts and guest lecturers. For more than two decades, 
the discipline has been a partner in the innovative PhD Conference in Economics and Business, which has hosted almost 600 students from major universities around the world.

In addition, the discipline’s international connections are further enhanced by a significant flow of economists from other institutions who visit the Business School to present research results and to work with our staff and students. Recent visitors include Sir David Hendry from Oxford University, 
and the late Arnold Zellner from the University of Chicago.

Further, the annual Shann Memorial Lecture invites a prominent economist to deliver a presentation in the area of economics and finance. All of these events generate considerable interest from the economics community and stimulate the discipline’s teaching and learning activities.


Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2015;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2016 or 2017.

Take all units (48 points):

S2 ECON5502 International Finance and Markets
S2 ECON5508 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
S1 ECON5509 Advanced Microeceonomic Theory
S1 ECON5513 Applied Advanced Econometrics
S1, S2 ECON5881 Master's Dissertation (Economics) Part 1
S1, S2 ECON5882 Master's Dissertation (Economics) Part 2
S1, S2 ECON5883 Master's Dissertation (Economics) Part 3
S1, S2 ECON5884 Master's Dissertation (Economics) Part 4

Take unit(s) to the value of 48 points:

Group A

S2 ECON4405 Public Economics
S1 ECON4408 Advanced Development Economics
NS ECON4410 Environmental and Resource Economics
S2 ECON4450 Advanced International Trade
S2 ECON4503 Advanced Economic Analysis
N/A ECON4504 Advanced Quantitative Economics
S1 ECON4507 History of Economic Thought
NS ECON5510 Applied Demand and Production Analysis
NS ECON5511 Climate, Energy and Water Economics
NS ENVT4402 Analysis for Natural Resource Management
S1, S2 FINA5432 Introduction to Finance

Career opportunities

Graduates can expect to find work in government agencies at the local, state and federal levels, as well as opportunities in the private sector including banks, consultancy companies, international agencies, insurance companies and the finance industry.

As an economist, you could assess the implications of global economic trends on the Australian economy, regional economies or individual industries.

If you are interested in policy, you could contribute to the design of economic policy for institutions such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and United Nations.

In the area of applied economics, you might conduct research and analysis of global and local events for federal agencies such as the Treasury, Reserve Bank of Australia, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and Productivity Commission.

Visit the Master of Economics page on the University of Western Australia website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission into this course an applicant must meet one of the following requirements:(a) a bachelor's degree of this University, with a major in Economics with a weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or(b) a Graduate Diploma in Economics of this University, with a weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty. Minimum English Language Requirements: View Website

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