Master of Political Economy




Courses Overview

What will I learn?
Learn to view economic questions in their social and political context, and from different perspectives. You will gain a deep understanding of issues such as power and inequality, globalisation and its impact on national economic policy settings, and the trade-offs between the free market and broader social concerns. This degree provides extensive knowledge of key trends underlying the global economy and its transformation. Candidates for the Master of Political Economy are required to complete 72 credit points, including:
(a) a minimum of 18 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) a minimum of 18 credit points from core elective units of study; and
(c) a maximum of 24 credit points from elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points can be taken as elective units from units of study outside those listed in the Political Economy subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including units of study offered by other faculties;
(d) a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study.
Progression rules
Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first 4 units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.
Graduate opportunities
The course provides you with the skills for a career in business, journalism, and the social, community and public sectors. Our graduates can be found in:
- Federal Treasury
- Office of the President, Chile
- Department of Economic Development, Isle of Man
- Leading commercial banks
- SBS News
- ABC Radio
- Unreasonable Institute (entrepreneurship development collective)
- UMR Research (issues management specialist)
- Non-government organisations
- Labour unions
- Research degrees at Sydney and elsewhere


Which department am I in? Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry Requirement From Vietnam

English Language Requirements: IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0; TOEFL Paper based score of 565; TOEFL IBT: 85; PTE Academic score of 61; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 58; Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 45; Cambridge English scale: CAE and CPE: 176.

Entry Requirement For International Student

Entry in the 1 year or 1.5 year degree program is determined by the criteria below:
Admission to candidature for the Master of Political Economy (1.5 years full-time) requires:
(a) a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, including a major in the Social Sciences, or an equivalent qualification
Admission to candidature for the Master of Political Economy (1 year full-time) requires:
(a) completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Political Economy with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification or
(b) an Honours degree in a relevant discipline or
(c) relevant professional work experience and a bachelor is degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average or an equivalent qualification
English language requirements: TOEFL paper-based: A minimum result of 592 overall including a minimum result of 4.5 in Writing TOEFL IBT: including a minimum result of 17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing

Path Way Options by Other Partners

Pathways options
Offered by this university
The University of Canterbury offers below pathways courses for this subject Foundation Studies Certificate
STAR Programme
Certificate in University Preparation (CUP)
Offered by other partners
This university accepts pathways courses from UCIC New Zealand

Full Time (1.5 years)

A$39,500.00 (US$ 30,897) per year

5 March 2018, 30 July 2018

The University of Sydney Camperdown/Darlington Campus, THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, New South Wales, 2006, SYDNEY, Australia