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Mineral Economics and Capital Markets


Tuition fee - Up to 3 years PhD

Stipend - Up to 3 years





An opportunity exists for talented technically minded candidates to apply for entry into the PhD program at the University of Technology Sydney. Successful applicant(s) will enroll in the PhD program in the School of Accounting. The research project(s) relate to issues in the extractive (mining) industries and will be supervised by Professor Andrew Ferguson. Andrew has successfully supervised to completion a number of PhD students in the mining financial economics area. Problems include questions around mining company valuation, mining industry regulation, accounting and taxation problems in the extractive industries and those relating to specific commodities, amongst others. The setting takes advantage of large numbers (typically more than 500-600 in any given year) of mining companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Who is eligible?

Eligible applicants must have the following necessary attributes:

  • An Honours or Masters level degree in a technical discipline such as computer science, engineering, finance, accounting or a mining specific field such as geology. Practical experience in a mining company setting is also advantageous;
  • A desire to undertake rigorous empirical capital markets or accounting research related to the extractive industries at a higher level; and
  • English language proficiency is required for entry to UTS. Any of the options below apply to Business research degrees:
    • IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall, writing 7.0,
    • TOEFL (Internet-based): 94-101 overall, writing 23
    • PTE (Academic): 65-72
    • CAE: 185-190
    • AE5/AE6 (PASS): AE6.


Desirable attributes;

  • Skills in computer programming languages such as Unix open source applications like AWK, Python, C++ would be well regarded. Candidates with mine planning or resource modelling software experience would also be viewed favorably. Preferred candidates will have strong data management skills in excel and possibly experience in statistics software applications such as STATA.


*Tuition fee waivers are available for international students entering UTS under this opportunity.

*There are merit based faculty scholarships associated with opportunity.

*There are teaching opportunities and research assistant work available within the School of Accounting associated with this role.

How to apply

Initial expressions of interest are to include a full academic transcript, CV and covering letter and the names and contact details of 2 referees and be sent to by 31 December 2020.  For any queries you may also contact Professor Andrew Ferguson via the above email.

Successful applicants will then complete the full PhD enrolment procedure at UTS and will need to be in Australia by February 2020 to commence coursework modules. Applicants should be aware of the attractiveness of Sydney as a learning and lifestyle destination.

Need more information? Contact...

Professor Andrew Ferguson

Faculty: Business

Course Area: Accounting


Phone: +6 12 9514 3565