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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

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Master of Development Economics (MDevEcon)

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.

Program highlights

  • Explore the big issues, such as the impact of globalisation on developing economies, along with pollution, climate change, water quality and natural resources.
  • Expand your knowledge of economics in the developing world in a unique program that's strongly differentiated from typical development-related studies.
  • Gain key quantitative skills in econometrics, benefit/cost analysis and operations research that will prepare you for specialised roles.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

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

PSW Opportunity

2 years of Post-Study Work (PSW) rights to international students post completion of their respective Postgraduate.


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria


A Bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline with a GPA of at least 4.50 on a 7 point scale; or a Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies; or Graduate Diploma in Economics with a GPA of at least 4.50 on a 7 point scale.