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What will I learn?

Extend your quantitative abilities, further your understanding of development theory and equip yourself with the confidence and capability to improve the quality of life in the developing world.

UQ's School of Economics works with schools across the university to provide an interdisciplinary learning experience for the Master of Development Economics, with teaching provided by a host of experts in the field.

During your studies you'll learn how to address one of the most critical problems facing humanity: how to create thriving and sustainable economies to overcome poverty and inequality. You'll also look at the other important issues facing the developing world, from population to health and environment.

If you don't have an economics undergraduate degree, our two-year 32 unit program is ideal. It delivers comprehensive training in microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics and econometrics, and you'll learn about the main economic pressures on the developing world.

Both master's will provide a qualification that's in demand for roles domestically and internationally in both the private and public sectors.

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

Development and infrastructure analyst
Environmental policy officer
Policy and advocacy officer
Education policy analyst

Which department am I in?

Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$43,072.00 (23,20,690) per year

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

Start date

25 July 2022, 20 February 2023


The University of Queensland

St Lucia Campus,



4072, BRISBANE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor’s degree in engineering (in the relevant field of study for which they wish to enrol) with a GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale. English Language Scores: IELTS: Overall Band Score of 6.5 AND a minimum score of 6 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening; TOEFL (Internet-Based-iBT): Overall score 87 with a Writing score of 21 and Reading, Speaking and Listening scores of 19; TOEFL (Paper-based): Overall score of 570 and a minimum score of 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) and 54 in Listening and Reading; PTE: Overall score of 64 with 60 in each communicative skills section; CAE/CPE: Overall Cambridge English Scale (CES) score of 176 with a minimum score of 169 in each skill; BE: A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all four macro skills.

For international students

A bachelor degree (or equivalent) with a GPA of 4.5, approved by the Executive Dean; or
A Graduate Certificate in Economics Studies or Graduate Diploma in Economics from UQ (or equivalent) with a GPA of 4.5.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19. TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5. Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands. BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills. CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands. OET is not accepted.

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


About The University of Queensland

As one of the top 50 universities in the world, UQ offers students the chance to join a leading research community and become an in-demand graduate.

  • Top 50 universities in the world (QS 2022)
  • Most ARC fellowships and awards in Australia
  • Specialist research centres and sites across Queensland
  • Varied scholarship and grant opportunities

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