University of Technology Sydney

C02058v2 Doctor of Philosophy

Award(s): Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
CRICOS code: 085255G
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus


Research degrees are offered on a sponsored, scholarship or full-fee-paying basis. Contact Postgraduate Research for further details.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information


The PhD is a University-wide degree that involves an intense period of supervised study and research. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded to successful candidates who have made a distinct contribution to knowledge, whether by original investigation, review or criticism.

With accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, UTS Business School is one of a select few elite business schools worldwide. Many UTS Business School staff are leaders in their fields both academically and in industry, working as senior staff or consultants, or with strong links to major corporations.

The PhD program provides the opportunity for candidates to receive training in advanced disciplinary and cross-disciplinary methods which provide the basis on which candidates are able to build research capability. PhD students are supervised by a committee of three, with a chairperson normally located in the discipline most fundamental to the candidate's doctoral research. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged, and PhD committees can include researchers from cognate or other disciplines beyond where the candidate is located.

The PhD in economics offers first-rate training in the foundations of economic theory and econometrics. This outcome is achieved via a program of core PhD classes, taken by all students, which provide the concepts and analytical tools required of every economist. In addition, each student develops expertise in two fields of their choosing. A field consists of a pair of research field classes in which students study advanced topics and become familiar with the frontiers of research in that field. Fields offered include:

  • behavioural economics
  • experimental economics
  • dynamic systems
  • econometrics
  • health economics
  • industrial organisation
  • labour economics
  • market design
  • microeconomic theory
  • public economics.

Career options

Career options include management-level positions in industry or government, and academic positions.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of the relevant field necessary for a career in academia or specialised business discipline
1.2 Integrate research principles and concepts and apply them to relevant academic and professional disciplines
2.1 Critically evaluate existing academic literature in the research field
2.2 Apply critical and creative thinking to address major research issues in business disciplines
3.1 Convey research clearly and fluently, in high-quality written form appropriate for academic and/or professional audiences
4.1 Critically analyse the core professional obligations, values and operations of researchers in business as appropriate to the relevant discipline
5.1 Apply research skills necessary for academia or professional practice in a disciplinary specialisation

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised master's by research or bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

Previous qualifications must be in business or a related discipline. Each applicant is required, prior to application, to contact the Business School well ahead of the closing date for applications for a pre-assessment.

Applicants are also required to submit a brief thesis proposal or statement of research interest with their application.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72 overall with a writing score of 65; or C1A/C2P: 185-190 overall with a writing score of 185.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The maximum course duration is four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study.

Admission to this course is normally available for Spring session each year.

Course structure

The coursework component of the PhD in economics consists of core subjects and research field classes comprising 60 credit points. The core classes provide the foundational knowledge essential to first-rate research. The research field classes take PhD students to the frontiers of research.

  • Year 1: Students receive a rigorous training in economic theory and econometrics. At the end of their first year, students must pass comprehensive exams in econometrics and theory in order to continue in the program.
  • Year 2: Students complete the core coursework and take research field classes in their research areas. A research paper is due at the end of Year 2.
  • Year 3: In the first session, students must do their Thesis Proposal Defence with their supervisory panel. Students present a complete (but perhaps still unpolished) research paper, and present their plans for completing a second and third thesis paper. At the end of the third year students must submit a research paper. The paper should be near ready for submission for publication.
  • Year 4: Students should have two complete research papers by mid-year. One of these papers should be polished and suitable for serving as the student's job market paper. At the end of the fourth year, students defend and submit their thesis of between 50,000 amd 70,000 words.

Students are also expected to participate in the research activities of the Economics Discipline Group.

Course completion requirements

23942 Microeconomics 1 6cp
23938 Macroeconomics 1 6cp
23930 Econometrics 1 6cp
23941 Mathematics for Economists 6cp
23937 Game Theory 6cp
23939 Macroeconomics 2 6cp
23931 Econometrics 2 6cp
23940 Market Design 6cp
23943 Microeconomics 2 6cp
23932 Econometrics 3 6cp
CBK91186 Four Field Study choices 0cp
23949 PhD Thesis: Economics 

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Graduate Research School.