MSc in Applied Economics (MScAECON)


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Program Description

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 an 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.

One of the elective courses of our programme, “Business Economics Field Study”, aims at providing student overseas exposure to understanding and examining economic or/and business environment. The site visit at the chosen location(s) lasts up to 3 weeks. With respect to the location(s) of the field trip, students are required to do the groundwork regarding the economic and business situation before setting off. During the field trip, by means of company/institution visits, seminars and workshops, and talks by professionals, students would have a thorough understanding of particular industrial/business sectors or/and an overall view of the economy. After the field trip, students work as a group in performing economic analyses based on the overseas exposure provided. Course instructor(s) will provide feedback on the presentation of the report submitted by the students.

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.

Strong Academic Network

Renowned faculty members from top universities around the world are invited to deliver guest lectures and seminars to students.

Solid Industry Connections

Firm visits and workshops are organised regularly for students to foster a closer link with the business communities.

Opportunity to Work in Hong Kong

Non-Hong Kong graduates of the programme can apply to stay and work in Hong Kong for 12 months after graduation, no matter they have been secured an offer of employment or not.

Practical Business-oriented Curriculum

The curriculum consists of practical components in different aspects covering risk management, corporate finance, the economics of digital markets and big data analytics.

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 PhD 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

Scholarship Provision

  • International Postgraduate Scholarship for international students (full tuition fee waiver and living allowance)
  • Entrance Scholarships up to full tuition fee waiver for all applicants
  • Merit-based Awards upon graduation

Programme Structure

  • The programme is made up of courses oriented toward three core elements: economics knowledge and theories, applied analyses and the Chinese economy
  • 5 core and 5 elective courses
  • 2 regular semesters with one intensive summer term
  • NOTE: For the Summer Term, students can opt for participating in a field study course with a designated elective course to meet the 6 units requirement.

Learning Goals


Students will acquire advanced knowledge for analysing economic issues.


Students will be able to analyse the economic behaviour of various agents and institutions in the economy.


Students will be able to apply theories to analyse real-world problems.


Students will be able to apply economic theories and empirical methods in applied economic research.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor degree from a recognised university, or equivalent. Although a bachelor degree in economics or related areas is not a pre-requisite for admission, the applicant is expected to possess the knowledge of microeconomics and macroeconomics, with some training in mathematics (especially in calculus and linear algebra) and statistics.
  • Proof of English proficiency is required for applicants whose first degree were obtained from non-English-medium institutions. This can be fulfilled by obtaining a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 79; or a minimum of 6.5 in IELTS; OR other equivalent qualifications.


Entrance scholarships will be offered each year for the most outstanding applicants.

  • For international applicants, they can be considered for the International Postgraduate Scholarship with a waive of full-year tuition fee and provision of living allowance of HK$100,000.
  • For mainland and local students, scholarship would be granted up to an amount equivalent to a full year tuition fee on the basis of pursuing lifelong learning and academic performance.
  • Merit-based awards will be given to the most outstanding students in the Programme at the time of graduation.

Applicants who want to be considered for entrance scholarship must submit all required supporting documents on or before the first round admission deadline.

International Postgraduate Scholarships (IPS)

The International Postgraduate Scholarship (IPS) scheme at the HKBU School of Business is a global initiative designed to nurture future business leaders, bringing together highly-talented and intellectually-motivated students from around the world to one of our selected taught postgraduate programmes. Although these young achievers come from diverse backgrounds, they have all demonstrated leadership potential and have a common interest in making a difference in the world. Click here to learn more about the International Postgraduate Scholarships (IPS).

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

For more than half a century, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has been at the vanguard of business education in Asia, molding generations of business leaders. Steeped in a tradition of academic ex ... Read More

For more than half a century, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has been at the vanguard of business education in Asia, molding generations of business leaders. Steeped in a tradition of academic excellence, yet always looking forward to new intellectual horizons, HKBU prides itself in striving to always remain a true pioneer in business education. Located at the crossroads between the emerging countries of Asia and the West, HKBU is ideally situated to confront the changes impacting our world, be it the economic resurgence of China, the deepening impact of globalization or the need for new ethical standards in the age of sustainability. Read less