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Course content

This programme provides high quality training in economics and financial economics. It is intended for those who want to develop the required knowledge and acquire the necessary skills to pursue a research-oriented career in academia, research institutions, central banks, international organisations and the financial industry. You will be registered as an off-site University of Liverpool postgraduate research student, while physically enrolled in the programme at IBSS in China.

This programme is both a stand-alone masters programme, as well as a prerequisite for those who wish to study for a PhD degree in economics or financial economics. The IBSS PhD programme in economics has as its goal to offer the best PhD training in economics in China and the best PhD programme related to the Chinese economy in the world. Detailed information about the doctoral programme is available at http://www.xjtlu.edu.cn/en/ibss/phd

What are my career prospects?

The programme has a substantial theoretical and methodological core, which provides an essential basis for students moving on to doctoral level study and an academic career. Industry opportunities may manifest themselves in the form of research posts in private and public sector organisations.


Students in this programme are required to take the following core modules, followed by a research project (dissertation). There will be a two-week intensive on mathematics and statistics at the start of the first semester.
• Econometrics
• Microeconomic Theory
• Macroeconomic Theory
• Time Series Analysis
• Dissertation

Students may choose four modules from the list below, according to the research interests of the student under the advice and guidance of the programme director, dissertation supervisor and other senior faculty of IBSS.
• The Chinese Economy and Financial System
• Mathematics for Economists
• Probability Essentials for Financial Calculus
• Information Asymmetries and Mechanism Design
• Macroeconomic Theory (II)
• Asset Pricing
• Stochastic Modelling in Finance
• Game Theory

Additional learning activities:
The MSc programme also includes an additional 600 hours of Additional Learning Activity which will provide students with research and professionally-relevant skills and additional English training as required.

Visit the MSc Economics page on the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University website for more details!






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