Doctoral Program in Economics

  • CRICOS Code: 056955G | 096133D

What will I study?


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 coursework program Master of Commerce (Economics) (CRICOS code: 096133D).

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 ProposalSupervision
  • 2 years coursework
  • 3 years research thesis
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.

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.


When undertaking the Doctoral Program in Economics we can offer PhD supervision for topics in a wide range of specialisations, including:

Specialisation topics we can supervise
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
Macroeconomics Microeconomic Theory
Micro-simulation Modelling Monetary Economics
Social Policy Research and Analysis  

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