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Undergraduate - Top 5 Australian econ school Field : Major in Economics and Finance Undergraduate G.P.A - 6.97/7, university medal Economics courses (Undergrad) : Intro, Intermediate and Honours Level Micro and Macro - all 7s. Micro Policy (7), Macro Policy (7), Intro Metrics (7), Intermediate Metrics (7), Mathematical Economics (6) Maths courses (Undergrad): Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra 1, Advanced Multivariate Calculus and Ord Differential Equations, Mathematical Analysis and Advanced Topics, Calc and Linear Algebra 2, Mathematical Probability, Applied Mathematical Analysis, Statistical Modelling - All 7s GRE: 169 Q LORS : 2 from thesis supervisors and 1 from summer RA at ANU. Advisors should be strong. Applying to : US top 20, Oxbridge and LSE. Top ARE programs Research/Teaching : Corporate Finance TA during uni. Honours thesis awarded undergraduate thesis prize. Concerns : Not too much guidance online regarding Australian applicants. How much would the 6 in math econ hurt me? Looking for : Looking to apply in the cycle at the end of 2022, is there any benefit to additional maths courses? Curious to gain some perspective on the range I should target and competitiveness for ARE programs as well. Any help would be much appreciated.
It seems like 2008-2012 was a golden age for Australian students applying to top US/UK PhD programs straight out of an Honours year. Since, there appears to have been a significant fall in matriculants coming straight out of an Honours year and an accompanying increase in Australians opting to apply to PhD programs after pre-doctoral fellowships. Is this really the case? While the below guide raises many points that remain useful, do any Australian or other international student matriculants or successful applicants have any additional advice to offer? How is the international representation in your program and do they fit a specific profile? For example, it would seem from the limited number of (public) matriculants coming out of Australia now have strong math backgrounds. For the ambitious, prospective PhD student: A Guide – Core Economics Looking forward to discussion and responses!