MSc in International Economics with a Focus on China

Lund University

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MSc in International Economics with a Focus on China

Lund University

Programme Overview

In an increasingly globalised economy, there is a growing need for economists who understand the effects of international trade flows, investments and policies. Furthermore, the rise of China as an economic superpower has vast implications for companies and countries alike. This programme will provide you with knowledge of the current affairs of China’s economy based on the methods of advanced economics and economic history.

The programme combines standard economic methods and theories with careful analysis of China’s economy. Courses are designed to give you specific insight into China’s economic macro-policies, institutions and the micro-level development of markets and firms. As a graduate you will be able to assist companies and institutions in navigating an increasingly financially integrated and competitive global economy.

Through this programme, you will acquire an extensive knowledge of China’s economic institutions and the methods used to study them. You will obtain a broad theoretical knowledge of international economics and economic history. You will also participate in a study tour to Fudan University in Shanghai and conduct fieldwork in China.

We offer high quality teaching by leading researchers in the field. With close connections to business community our courses often feature guest lectures by top management in international firms. With a Master’s of International Economics with a Focus on China you will be able to tackle important real-world issues in this age of globalisation and financial integration.

Programme modules/courses

Before the programme starts, you will choose to follow either the economics specialisation or the policy and society specialisation.

The programme contains three types of courses (core courses, specialisation courses, and electives). All courses consist of 7.5 credits each.

Core courses (both specialisations): The following three courses combine a profound knowledge of China's economic macropolicies, micro-level development of markets and firms and China's embeddedness into the Asia Pacific growth region: The Chinese Economy; Institutions, Markets and Firms in a Chinese Context; China and the Asia Pacific Economy.

Electives and Specialisation courses Economics: Advanced Econometrics; Advanced Microeconomic Analysis. The following courses give a summary of suggested electives (choose one): Advanced Trade Theory; Economic Integration, Advanced Course; Time Series Analysis.

Electives and Specialisation courses Economic History: Econometrics; Research Design. The following courses give a summary of suggested electives (choose one): Comparative Analysis of Economic Change; Consequences of Demographic Change; Human Capital in a Historical Perspective; Institutions, Economic Growth and Equality; Time Series Analysis; Innovation, Energy and Sustainability.

The programme ends with a degree project (15 credits) in economics or policy and society, depending on your chosen specialisation.

Career prospects

A Master’s in International Economics with a Focus on China provides you with excellent career opportunities. There is high demand for graduates with an in-depth knowledge of the Chinese economy and China’s role in the Asia-Pacific and the global economy. Prospective employers are internationally operating companies, various areas of the financial sector, such as commercial banks, insurance companies, stock exchanges, government authorities and public institutions.

Furthermore, graduates will be qualified for employment at private research centres. Many international institutions have a constant demand for economists, for example the UN, ILO, EU, ECB, OECD, IMF, the World Bank and various aid agencies such as SIDA.

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Why Lund University?

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. The University ranks among the world's top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2019 and is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, sustainable and democratic countries.

If you would like to start building your international network in a global classroom setting, Lund University is a great option. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as one of the best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate in-depth learning.

The University is located in Lund, a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes away from Copenhagen Airport in Denmark. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is also home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

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Last updated October 8, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
1 year
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Sweden - Lund, Skåne County
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