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Mineral Economics and Capital Markets at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia 2024

Application is now open for the Mineral Economics and Capital Markets at the University of Technology Sydney. Interested candidates are encouraged to send in their applications before the deadline date.

About the University of Technology Sydney and Scholarship

UTS is a public university of technology that distinguishes itself by supporting the community’s economic, social, and cultural prosperity. They are dedicated to research, innovation, and the transmission of information of public importance and judge their success by the accomplishments of their students, employees, and partners. They have always been and will always be an inclusive university.

UTS boasts a robust international exchange study and research program that prepares graduates for the industries of today and the future, as well as a culturally diverse campus culture. Its campus is located next to Sydney’s central business area and in the center of the city’s creative and digital zone. The continuous transformation of the UTS campus will guarantee that the school continue to construct and maintain a purpose- and sustainably-built campus to foster innovation in education and research, continuing a 10-year era of substantial development.


The objective of being “a leading public university of technology recognized for the global impact” is stated in the UTS 2027 plan. Through collaborations with business, the professions, and the community, research-informed teaching, research that has a real-world impact, and other initiatives, they aim to improve knowledge and learning. UTS is a member of the Australian Technology Network, a collection of renowned institutions dedicated to collaborating with businesses and the government to offer relevant and professional courses. UTS is one of the biggest universities in Australia, with approximately 44,000 students enrolled in total.

The University of Technology Sydney is accepting applications for its PhD program from technically gifted students. The applicant(s) who are chosen for admission will start the Ph.D. program in the School of Accounting. The research project(s) under Professor Andrew Ferguson’s direction will deal with problems in the mining and extractive sectors.

In the field of mining finance economics, Andrew has successfully guided several Ph.D. candidates to complete completion. Among other issues, there are issues with the value of mining companies, mining sector regulation, accounting and tax issues in the extractive industries, and issues with certain commodities. The situation makes use of the significant number of mining businesses listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (usually more than 500–600 in any one year).

Details about Mineral Economics and Capital Markets at the University of Technology Sydney:

Scholarship Sponsor: University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Scholarship Value: Tuition fee – Up to 3 years PhD & Stipend – Up to 3 years

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: PhD

Host Institution(s): University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Eligibility Criteria for Mineral Economics and Capital Markets

Candidates are advised to meet the following conditions to be eligible for Mineral Economics and Capital Markets at the University of Technology Sydney:

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree with honors in a technical subject, such as geology, engineering, or finance, or one related to mining, such as computer science. 
  • Being practical in a mining business environment is also beneficial;
  • English language skills and a willingness to conduct rigorous empirical capital markets or accounting research relating to the extractive industries at a higher level are prerequisites for admission to UTS. Any of the following choices apply to degrees in business research:
    • CAE: 185-190
    • AE5/AE6 (PASS): AE6
    • IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall, writing 7.0,
    • TOEFL (Internet-based): 94-101 overall, writing 23
    • PTE (Academic): 65-72.

Desirable Attributes;

  • Programming knowledge in Unix open-source programs like AWK, Python, and C++ would be highly valued. Candidates with expertise in mine planning or resource modeling tools would also be preferred. 
  • Candidates who possess strong Excel data management abilities and perhaps familiarity with STATA-type statistical tools are preferred.

*International students enrolling at UTS via this opportunity are eligible for tuition fee exemptions.

*As part of the opportunity, there are faculty scholarships awarded based on merit.

*Within the School of Accounting, this position is connected with teaching and research assistant positions.

Application Process for Mineral Economics and Capital Markets

Initial expressions of interest should be sent to together with a complete academic transcript, a resume, a cover letter, and the names and contact information of two references. 

To learn more, contact:

Professor Andrew Ferguson

Faculty: Business

Course Area: Accounting


Phone: +6 12 9514 3565

The Submission Deadline is: 31 December 2023

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