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What will I learn?

Aim for a career shaping public policy, or contributing to important social and financial research, with a PhD in Economics from VU.

PhD in Economics program at VU

VU offers world-class research opportunities in the public and private space.

We have collaborations with:

  • World Health Organization
  • China Energy Research Institute
  • Department of State Development, Business and Innovation
  • Bushfire CRC
  • Central University of Finance and Economics (China).

We start by equipping you with best-practice, ethical research methods – including data collection and analysis. You’ll then undertake your own original study in one of our research focus areas. Throughout, you’ll have the support of an experienced supervisory team, who will ensure your research is at the forefront of the discipline.

You’ll present your findings as a thesis, and learn skills in public presentation, journal articles and other publications.

Careers

Following your PhD, you’ll be ready for a research or advisory career in business or government, or to become an academic.

We offer industry connections to begin your career in these areas:

  • development
  • economics
  • education
  • environment
  • health
  • law
  • logistics
  • population growth
  • sustainability
  • tourism
  • transportation

Course structure

The PhD is a research based degree with a maximum duration of 4 years (full time) and 8 years (part time).

As well as enrolling in Research Thesis units Doctor of Philosophy (Science) students will be required to complete two coursework units, ROP8001 and ROP8002.

An average result of 70% is required in the compulsory coursework units in order to proceed to candidature confirmation. Ongoing progression is subject to policy and procedures for candidature management as per the VU HDR Policy.

Course structure and units

Coursework Units

Conceptualising and Contextualising Research

Unit code ROP8001

Research Integrity and Ethics

Unit code ROP8002

Economics (Full-Time)

Unit code BEC8900 Credits48

Which department am I in?

VU Research

CRICOS

084119A

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
AUD $14,900 to AUD $17,000 per semester.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

July 2022

Venue

City Flinders Campus

300 Flinders Street,

MELBOURNE,

Victoria,

3000, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
AUD $14,900 to AUD $17,000 per semester.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

July 2022

Venue

Victoria University

Footscray Park campus,

Ballarat Road,

FOOTSCRAY,

Victoria,

3011, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree or a master’s degree by coursework with a research component, or an equivalent qualification from an approved university. English language requirements: IELTS (academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0); TOEFL Internet: Test score of 79. Section score no less than: Listening: 19, Speaking: 19, Reading: 18, Writing: 22. Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score 58-64 (with no section score less than 50); University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169; VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved.

For international students

Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree, or a masters degree by coursework with a research component, or an equivalent qualification from an approved university.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 79 (Listening 19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58 (no section score less than 50)

University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169.

VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Victoria University

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  • Top 2% university globally (Times Higher Education 2021)
  • Revolutionary Block Model learning methods
  • VU ranked #1 nationally for Employability Skills
  • #3 in Australia for Learner Engagement (SES 2020)