single degree

Master of International and Development Economics

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Economics
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Economics
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of International and Development Economics requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

Completion of the following pre-sessional component:

Completion of CRWF7900 Graduate Academic and Research Skills for Public Policy


Completion of the following courses:

IDEC7901 Graduate Preparatory Microeconomics

IDEC7902 Graduate Preparatory Mathematical Methods


Completion of the following courses:

IDEC7903 Graduate Preparatory Macroeconomics

IDEC7904 Graduate Preparatory Econometrics


24 units from the following Introductory compulsory courses

IDEC8002 Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy

IDEC8015 Mathematical Methods in Applied Economics

IDEC8016 Microeconomic Analysis and Policy

IDEC8017 Econometric Techniques


36 units from the following compulsory courses:

CRWF8000 Government, Markets and Global Change

IDEC8003 Issues in Development Policy

IDEC8008 Open Economy Macroeconomics, Finance, and Development

IDEC8029 Issues in Applied Microeconomics

IDEC8030 Issues in Applied Macroeconomics

IDEC8064 Masters Microeconomics


A minimum 6 units from completion of a research skills course from the following list:

IDEC8010 Quantitative International Economics

IDEC8023 Case Studies in Applied Econometrics

IDEC8026 Quantitative Policy Impact Evaluation


A minimum of 18 units from completion of economics or econometrics courses from the following list:

ECON8002 Applied Welfare Economics

ECON8006 International Trade Theory

ECON8010 The Economics of Taxation and Redistribution

ECON8015 International Economics

ECON8034 Public Sector Economics

ECON8037 Financial Economics

ECON8039 Health Economics

ECON8041 Labour Economics and Industrial Relations

ECON8047 Law and Economics

ECON8049 Southeast Asian Economic Policy and Development

ECON8053 Game Theory

EMET8001 Applied micro-econometrics

EMET8010 Applied Macro and Financial Econometrics

EMET8012 Business and Economic Forecasting

EMET8014 Fundamentals of Econometric Methods

IDEC8007 Aid and Development Policy

IDEC8009 Trade, Development and the Asia Pacific Economy

IDEC8010 Quantitative International Economics

IDEC8012 Monetary Policy and Central Banking in the Asia Pacific

IDEC8014 Quantitative Financial Economics

IDEC8017 Econometric Techniques

IDEC8020 Applied Economic Dynamics

IDEC8021 The Chinese Economy

IDEC8022 Economic Development

IDEC8023 Case Studies in Applied Econometrics

IDEC8025 Empirical Public Finance

IDEC8026 Quantitative Policy Impact Evaluation

IDEC8028 The Microeconomics of Development

IDEC8031 Development and Environmental Planning in Developing Economies

IDEC8053 Environmental Economics

IDEC8089 Energy Economics

IDEC8081 The Economics of Incentives and Institutions

IDEC8083 Financial Markets and Instruments

IDEC8088 Cost-Benefit Analysis: Principles and Practice

IDEC8123 Topics in International and Development Economics

IDEC8127 Modelling the Global Economy: techniques and policy implications


A maximum of 12 units from completion of contextual courses from the following list:

EMDV8002 Methods for Environmental Decision-Making

EMDV8007 Environmental Policy and Communications

EMDV8012 Ecological Economics and Policy

EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics

EMDV8081 Domestic Climate Change Policy and Economics

EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy

EMDV8104 Environmental Governance

FINM7044 Applied Valuation

FINM7045 Asian Capital Markets

FINM8007 Topics in International Finance

FINM8016 Applied Portfolio Construction

POGO8004 Poverty Reduction

POGO8015 Foreign Direct Investment Policy

POGO8048 Public Finance

POGO8057 Managing Government Finances

POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption

POGO8082 Political Institutions and Policy Processes

POGO8095 Development Policy and Practice

POGO8101 Policy Process and Analysis

POGO8210 Case Studies in Economic Policy

POGO8212 Energy Politics and Governance

POGO8213 The Global Trading System

POGO8220 Issues in Japanese Policy


A maximum 6 units from the following research project

IDEC8011 Masters Research Essay


A maximum of 6 units from the following experiential courses

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)

CRWF7000 Applied Policy Project

CRWF7001 Editor’s practicum: online public engagement, academic blogging digital disruption

CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship


Hurdle Requirements

Students must complete the Bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 5.0 in order to commence the Master degree.


Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.

Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.

However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes.

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Applications for course credit

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit. 

Credit may also be available for relevant work experience.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Join an internationally-renowned network of leading economic practitioners and researchers at Crawford School and graduate with a world-class master’s degree in international and development economics.

The program will equip you with the tools of advanced economic analysis, and the skill to apply them to economic policies for trade, finance, development and the environment. You can choose from electives including international trade, banking and monetary policy, economic development, econometric methods, economic regulation, and environmental and natural resource policy.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

  1. use advanced tools to analyse the economic effects of policy change and to formulate economic policies
  2. understand the issues in the coordination of policies in international and development economics
  3. access the academic literature in applied economics and economic policy
  4. undertake independent research in applied economics and policy, especially in international and development economics

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is not currently available for this program

Further Information

Our applied economics degrees are quantitative in nature. Students whose previous qualifications are not in economics or mathematics will need to demonstrate their ability to undertake quantitative analysis and use abstract thinking. Students should provide evidence of related coursework or work experience on application. 

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