Master of Economics and Resource Policy New

Lead and develop economic and resource sustainability  

Experience the synergy of economics and resource policy like never before. This program offers a unique blend of economic expertise with resource management acumen, empowering you to make smart, sustainable choices in a world hungry for change. Dive deep into the intricate world of economic study and examination, policy formulation, and resource allocation while honing your skills to ensure equitable access to vital resources, from clean air and water to sustainable energy. Be at the forefront of shaping policies that not only safeguard economic stability but also protect our environment and promote social equity. 

Join us on this journey to become a leader in the dynamic intersection of economics and resource policy, where your expertise will drive a brighter, more sustainable future.

What will you do? 

Completed over two years, our Master of Economics and Resource Policy is designed to enhance your employability, with practical skills for both academic and professional success. You will: 

  • explore concepts like incentives, opportunity costs, trade-offs, externalities, and efficiency
  • apply economic principles across various domains, including public policy, international trade, agribusiness, and natural resources
  • learn advanced methods for examining, modelling and analysing data
  • craft economic reports, written summaries of current events, and research projects
  • develop interpersonal and soft skills for effective communication
  • secure your pathway to a PhD. 

You’ll also have access to our dedicated support services, such as the Economics Drop-in Centre, Writing Centre, and Maths Learning Centre, to help your Masters journey be as smooth as possible.

Equipped with newfound insights, you'll be empowered to offer expert advice on corporate strategies, unravel the context behind current events, shape public policies for a more promising world, and navigate your own personal choices with discernment. 

Where could it take you? 

Our graduates pursue a wide range of exciting careers and research trajectories. As an economic analyst, you might evaluate corporate strategies. As a policy analyst within government, you could spearhead the overhaul of regulatory frameworks. Opportunities also extend to stock markets, the expansive arena of food, agriculture and resource industries, and the dynamic domain of banking, financial services, and consulting. Your analytic and modelling skills might even be channelled towards devising strategies for resource allocation in aid agencies.

  • Ranked #1 in SA for Economics
  • Strong links to industry leaders
  • Career opportunities in diverse sectors

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM276
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake

February and July

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study

A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent, with a GPA of 5.0 or better. 

Students may be eligible to complete the program in a full-time standard duration of 1.5 years on the basis of prior learning.


Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $39,000

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This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Careers

Potential careers

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

Government or Corporate Policy Adviser;  International Government and Trade Policy Adviser;  Consultant;  Information Analyst;  Data Analyst;  Research Associates;  International Trade or Business Analyst;  Business Analyst;  Economic Researcher;  Economist

Degree Structure

The Master of Economics and Resource Policy is a 48-units program with a nested suite of degrees (Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate) that allows students to choose between diversifying their expertise by having courses from all three areas or committing to a specific specialisations:

  •    Economic Analysis
  •    Global Food and Agribusiness
  •    International Trade

Students can choose up to two specialisations. The program also provides a PhD pathway. 

Students may be eligible to complete the program in a full-time standard duration of 1.5 years on the basis of prior learning.

Areas of Specialisation

Specialisations:

  • Economic Analysis
  • Global Food and Agribusiness
  • International Trade

Example Study Plan

To qualify for the Master of Economics and Resource Policy, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following courses with a combined total of not less than 48 units, comprising:

  • Core courses to the value of 12 units
  • Elective courses to the value of 27 units (Option A) or 24 units (Option B)
  • Research dissertation to the value of 9 units (Option A) ot 12 units (Option B) 

Core courses

Elective courses 
Courses to the value of 27 units (Option A) or 24 units (Option B) from the following, with a maximum of 18 units from starred courses:

AGRIBUS 7022        Global Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis 3 units
AGRIBUS 7057 Trends and Issues in the World Food System 3 units
AGRIBUS 7064 Water Security and Governance 3 units
AGRIBUS 7059 Experiences and Insights in Agri-Food Systems 3 units
AGRIBUS 7056 Management and Performance of Global Food Chain    3 units
AGRIBUS 7053  Globalisation and Agriculture in Emerging Economies    3 units
AGRIBUS 7065  Agricultural Decision Making    3 units

AGRIBUS 7060   

Innovation Systems and Policy Transformation    3 units
AGRIBUS 7041    Topics in Agricultural Business A  3 units
TRADE 5000    International Trade: Negotiations and Agreements    3 units
TRADE 5001    International Trade: Strategies and Opportunities    3 units
TRADE 7005    Agriculture and Food in International Trade    3 units

TRADE 7008   

Services Trade    3 units
TRADE 7007    MNCs, Trade & Sustainable Development    3 units
ECON 7067    Economics Development IV    3 units
ECON 7115    Public Economics IV    3 units
ECON 7121    Microeconomics IV    3 units
ECON 7122    Macroeconomics IV    3 units
ECON 7204  Econometrics IV    3 units

ECON 7223   

Time Series Econometrics IV    3 units
ECON 7229    Behavioural Game Theory and Experiments IV    3 units
ECON 7221    The Economics of Climate Change    3 units

ECON 7070

Labour Economics PG    3 units
ECON 7243    Applied Econometrics PG    3 units
ECON 7016    Resource and Environmental Economics PG    3 units
ECON 7032    Public Economics PG    3 units
ECON 7044   International Finance PG    3 units
ECON 7058    Development Economics PG    3 units
ECON 7062    Game Theory PG    3 units
ECON 7072     International Trade PG    3 units
ECON 7114    Money, Banking, and Financial Markets PG    3 units
ECON 7241    Managerial Economics IID   3 units
ECON 7242    Applied Intermediate Econometrics IID    3 units

ECON 7071    

Intermediate Macroeconomics IID    3 units

Specialisations

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

Students must complete courses to the value of 3 units from the following:
  • ECON 7067 Economic Development IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7229 Behavioural Game Theory and Experiments IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7115 Public Economics IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7121 Microeconomics IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7204 Econometrics IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7223 Advanced Time Series IV (3 units)
AND courses to the value of 9 units from the following:
  • ECON 7067 Economic Development IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7229 Behavioural Game Theory and Experiments IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7115 Public Economics IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7121 Microeconomics IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7122 Macroeconomics IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7204 Econometrics IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7223 Advanced Time Series IV (3 units)
  • ECON 7243 Applied Econometrics PG (3 units)
  • ECON 7016 Resource and Environmental Economics PG
  • (3 units)
  • ECON 7032 Public Economics PG (3 units)
  • ECON 7044 International Finance PG (3 units)
  • ECON 7058 Development Economics PG (3 units)
  • ECON 7062 Game Theory PG (3 units)
  • ECON 7072 International Trade PG (3 units)
  • ECON 7114 Money, Banking, and Financial Markets PG
  • (3 units)
  • ECON 7070 Labour Economics PG (3 units)
  • ECON 7221 The Economics of Climate Change (3 units)

GLOBAL FOOD AND AGRIBUSINESS

All of the following courses must be completed:
  • AGRIBUS 7054 Global Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7057 Trends and Issues in the World Food System (3 units)
AND courses to the value of 6 units from the following:
  • AGRIBUS 7064 Water Security and Governance (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7059 Experiences and Insights in Agri-Food Systems (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7056 Management and Performance of Global Food Chain (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7053 Globalisation and Agriculture in Emerging Economies (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7065 Agricultural Decision Making (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7060 Innovation Systems and Policy Transformation (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7041 Topics in Agricultural Business A (3 units)
  • ECON 7016 Resource and Environmental Economics PG (3 units)

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

All of the following courses must be completed:
  • TRADE 5000 International Trade: Negotiations and Agreements (3 units)
  • TRADE 5001 International Trade: Strategies and Opportunities (3 units)
AND courses to the value of 6 units from the following:
  • TRADE 7005 Agriculture and Food in International Trade (3 units)
  • TRADE 7008 Services Trade (3 units)
  • TRADE 7007 MNCs, Trade & Sustainable Development (3 units)
  • ECON 7072 International Trade PG (3 units)

Research Dissertation
Students must complete a research dissertation of not longer than 12,000 words.
Option A - all of the following courses
    • AGRIBUS 7061 Research Project Part 1 - Research Principles and Methods (3 units)
    • AGRIBUS 7063 Research Project in Agribusiness (6 units)

OR 

Option B - all of the following courses

  • AGRIBUS 7061 Research Project Part 1 - Research Principles and Methods (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7062A Research Project Part 2 - Theoretical Framework ands Research Design (3 units)
  • AGRIBUS 7062B Research Project Part 3 - Data Gathering and Analysis (6 units)

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Last updated: Tuesday, 9 Apr 2024