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MSc Economics

Course Description

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!

Student Profiles

Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

50% ScholarshipXJTLU offers a generous scholarship of 50% of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes. All applicants will be considered for this scholarship based on academic merit.
Note: There are currently no scholarships available for part-time programmes.

The University of Liverpool discount If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20% of the tuition fee.

Corporate and Association Discounts

We are pleased to offer corporate and business/professional association discounts for managers

• For 2 or more managers from the same company or organisation for the same start date: 10% company discount on presentation of a confirmation letter from the employer • For managers working for a company or organisation that is a paid-up member of an approved professional or industry association: 10% association discount on presentation of a confirmation letter from the employer and/or the association
To sign up for the corporate or association discount or to enquire whether an association has already been approved by the University please contact [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off the tuition fee


All applicants for full-time programmes will be considered for this scholarship, based on academic merit.

Application Procedure

For any enquiries regarding scholarships please contact [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree in finance, accounting, economics, management, science or engineering and some formation in quantitative methods, statistics or econometrics.

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