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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

    Economics

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1-year full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    HKD 180,000
    Note: Tuition fees are subject to annual review.

  • Last Updated

    22 February 2019

The Master of Science in Applied Economics (MScAEcon) is a one-year full-time programme that equips students with economics knowledge to analyze the changing world economy.

The programme integrates economic theory with applied economic analysis and will enable students to understand the economy of China and the world. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the flexibility of choosing electives for pursuing a career in applied economics or future research-oriented studies. Graduates will be equipped with analytical skills and techniques for analyzing business and real-world problems from the economic perspective. Our graduates are trained to be competent economic analysts in business corporations, public organizations and financial institutions. Outstanding students are offered scholarships and merit-based awards.

Our programme also provides students with local experience through firm visits, guest lectures by business professional and government officials enhancing our students’ understanding of the operation of the corporation in relation to knowledge learned. In past years, we have arranged firm visits to Cathay Pacific, DHL, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, BCT Financial Limited and Modern Terminals as well as invited professionals from Bank of China (HK), Nomura International, the Government of HKSAR and Royal Bank of Canada to give a lecture to our students.

Why MSCAEcon at HKBU?

Programme Aims

  • A balanced training in advanced economic knowledge and applied economics analyses
  • An understanding of the Chinese economy from a global perspective
  • Application of analytical techniques on real-world business and policy issues
  • Provision of opportunities to choose between professional career development and academic pursuit

Catering Needs of Students with Different Pursuits

  • Separate study paths are available for students to choose between professional career development and academic pursuit
  • Professional Career Development: Competent economic and business analysts in banking, financial institutions, and other commercial sectors, as well as public institutions
  • Academic Pursuit: Further study at a Ph.D. level in economics and other fields

Diversified Learning Environment

  • Cohort mix of international, Hong Kong local and Mainland students
  • Opportunity for firm visits
  • Attending talks/lectures provided by business professionals and government officials
  • An option of overseas field study as one of the elective courses

Programme Structure

  • 5 core and 5 elective courses
  • 2 regular semesters and one summer term

Learning Goals

  • Students will acquire advanced knowledge for analyzing economic issues.
  • Students will be able to analyze the economic behavior of various agents and institutions in the economy.
  • Students will be able to apply theories to analyze real-world problems.
  • Students will be able to apply economic theories and empirical methods in applied economic research.

Core Courses

ECON 7100 Graduate Workshops and Seminars

This course aims at providing students fundamental knowledge on conducting economic research work and applications of economics knowledge in the business sector. By means of lectures, seminars and workshops, the course provides students an understanding of doing research in the areas of Economics. By participating in learning activities such as guest talks/lectures provided by business professionals, industry leaders and government officials, career related workshops/ seminars, and company visits, students will enrich their exposure to current issues in the economy as well as the applications of economic knowledge in the business world.

ECON 7310 Economic Institutions in China

This course studies key economic institutions of China that have emerged in the course of transition from a planned to a market economy. These institutions are not necessarily the first-best choices from the perspective of conventional theories of market economy, but they might overcome some typical institutional weaknesses of transitional economies. They include the double-track pricing and allocation system, local government ownership of firms, fiscal decentralisation and yardstick competition among different regional jurisdictions, etc.. Drawing on the major contributions in the economics literature, the costs and benefits of adopting these institutions by China will be analysed.

ECON 7790 Microeconomics *

This course presents the basic concepts and analytical tools of modern microeconomic theory with applications. It covers consumer theory, producer theory, choice under uncertainty, market and competition, strategic behaviors and information economics.

ECON 7800 Macroeconomics *

This course introduces the basic macroeconomic models related to economic growth, economic fluctuations, inflation, and monetary policies. The main focus of the course is to train students on applying the relevant macroeconomic models to analyze contemporary macroeconomic issues. In each selected topic, students will learn not only the theory of the model but also the real-world applications of the model. With the building of knowledge on both qualitative and quantitative macroeconomics, students are equipped with tools needed for understanding and conducting macroeconomic policy analysis.

ECON 7810 Econometric for Economic Analysis

This course aims at covering graduate level applied econometric techniques to quantitatively solve empirical economic problems. In addition to the classical linear regression model, hypothesis testing and problems of non-spherical disturbances, more advanced topics are also considered. Students will be trained to formulate econometric models and to identify the causal relationships between economic variables using computer software. The emphasis is upon the interpretation and testing of results from different econometric estimation procedures. Students will also be provided with practical experience of applying these techniques to quantitatively solve empirical problems that arise in economics and business.

ECON 7820 Advanced Microeconomics

This course educates students advanced treatments of microeconomics by emphasising more rigorous proofs. Students will investigate the optimisation behaviour of individual agents as well as resource allocation in a decentralised economy. Uncertainty and strategic behaviours will be introduced in this course, too.

ECON 7830 Advanced Macroeconomics

The course introduces students to important topics in macroeconomics, including growth theories, business cycles, New Keynesian theories, and recent development in macroeconomics. Theoretical aspects and empirical aspects will both be discussed in the course, although the emphasis is on the theoretical models. The theoretical models offer qualitative insights into the working of the economy, and the empirical aspect reveals the relevancy of each theoretical model to different issues and contexts. With the building of knowledge on both qualitative and quantitative macroeconomics, students are equipped with coherent tools needed for understanding and conducting macroeconomic analysis.

* Can be replaced by Advanced Microeconomics and Advanced Macroeconomics respectively


Visit the Master of Science in Applied Economics (MScAECON) page on the Hong Kong Baptist University website for more details!

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