Master of Professional Economics


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Programme Description

Economics in action

Take your career to the next level with a qualification from Victoria's Professional Economics programme. Develop an economic toolbox that you can use to address 'real-world' problems. This respected programme will equip you with decision-making skills that are based on a solid understanding of economic principles.

Economics under the microscope

Examine the intricacies of microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis. Study market structures, the implications of government interventions in the economy and different economic theories in relation to growth, development, and stability. Explore how policy influences economic decisions.

In demand

There is a real demand for skilled professional economists who are able to engage in rigorous economic analysis. To fill this need, the programme has been developed in close consultation with leading professional economists from the Government Economics Network, the New Zealand Association of Economists, bank economists and other industry experts.


Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues. And studying alongside working professionals will give you a good insight into the demands of the industry.

The Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information and provides a voice for you on campus.

You'll have opportunities to attend events, workshops, social functions and seminars such as the Student Learning Postgraduate Research skills sessions. You'll also have access to the postgraduate student workspace on the 2nd floor of Rutherford House—make use of the spacious computer lab, meeting rooms, printer, and small kitchen.

Returning to study

Many students pick up postgraduate study after several years away. If it's been a while since you've studied, our liaison officers can help you get back into university life.


With the executive skills, you'll gain you might find work in central or local government as a policy analyst, adviser, planner or regulator. Or you could work as an economist or analyst in a bank or other financial institution, in a multinational company or international organisation or trade body.

You might work as an economic or management consultant, or an advocate for industry groups, or as a media researcher or presenter.

Elective courses from other postgraduate programmes such as the Master of Applied Finance (MAF), Master of Business Administration (MBA), or Master of Public Policy (MPP) programmes may be included in your professional economics programme to open up even further career possibilities.


You can look for scholarships based on your level of study, subject area, and background.

The Reserve Bank also offers external scholarships you can apply for.

Employer support

The capability boost you get from doing an MPE means your employer may be willing to pay some or all of your costs.

Last updated September 2018

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