UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Economics (coursework and dissertation)

This course is designed for people who plan a career as economic researchers and decision makers in the public service and private sector. The coursework covers advanced topics in economics. Available units include microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, financial economics, resource economics, public economics, quantitative economics, economic history and economic development.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Economics (coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMEc
Course code42620
Course typemaster's degree by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byUWA Business School
CRICOS code003091A
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
ArticulationThe Master of Economics has the following exit award: 42330 Graduate Diploma in Economics (48 points)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration2 years
Time limit5 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Andrew Williams

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (48 points):

S2ECON5502International Finance and Markets
S2ECON5508Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
S1ECON5509Advanced Microeceonomic Theory
S1ECON5513Applied Advanced Econometrics
S1, S2ECON5881Master's Dissertation (Economics) Part 1
S1, S2ECON5882Master's Dissertation (Economics) Part 2
S1, S2ECON5883Master's Dissertation (Economics) Part 3
S1, S2ECON5884Master's Dissertation (Economics) Part 4

Take unit(s) to the value of 48 points:

Group A

S2ECON4405Public Economics
S1ECON4408Advanced Development Economics
S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
N/AECON4450Advanced International Trade
S2ECON4503Advanced Economic Analysis
N/AECON4504Advanced Quantitative Economics
S1ECON4507History of Economic Thought
S2ECON5510Consumer Behaviour and Demand Analysis
S2ECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
S1ENVT4402Analysis for Natural Resource Management
S1, S2FINA5432Introduction to Finance

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a bachelor's degree with a major in Economics, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of 75 per cent;

or

(b) (i) a Graduate Diploma in Economics, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of 75 per cent.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit award:

  • 42330 Graduate Diploma in Economics (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Economics course before completing it, but completes units to the value of 48 points towards the Master of Economics, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Economics.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8.(1) Subject to (2), to make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal with academic penalty.

(2) A student must achieve an average mark of at least 60 per cent in the units in which they are enrolled.

[Approved addition to University Policy]

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who make satisfactory progress are assigned a progress status of 'Good Standing' by the Faculty and are permitted to re-enrol.

(2) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

(3) Students seeking to re-enrol in the course after being assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' must submit, after a period of at least 12 months, sufficient reason to the Faculty, in writing, demonstrating why an improvement in performance could reasonably be expected.

(4) Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' and are subsequently permitted by the Faculty to re-enrol are assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' and must meet any conditions determined by the Faculty.

(5) Students who meet the conditions determined by the Faculty under (4), are assigned a progress status of 'Good Standing' by the Faculty.

(6) Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' and who fail to meet conditions determined by the Faculty are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Time limit

13.(1) The time limit is five calendar years from the date of first enrolment in the course, not including periods of suspension of candidature.

(2) The time limit for a student who has previously completed the requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Economics, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, is five years from the year in which the first unit was credited towards the master's course.

(3) In exceptional circumstances, the Faculty may extend the time limit by one or two semesters.