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Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

Programme Information - Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg)

Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes in 2017 entry are now closed. Applications for 2018 entry will start in mid-November 2017 tentatively and updated programme information will be available by that time. The programme information for 2017 entry listed below is for reference only.

MSc Applied Economics


Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P13
Mode of Programme Full time
Class Schedule Weekday daytime and evenings; and Saturdays
Indicative Intake Target 65
Minimum No. of Credits Required 30
Normal Duration of Programme 1 year (expected to graduate within one year)
Maximum Study Period 2.5 years
Programme Website Click here to open
Mode of processing Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Director
Dr Charles K Y Leung
BSSc(CUHK), PhD(Rochester)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 9583

Programme Aims and Objectives

The programme provides a rigorous training in economic analysis and empirical methods for those who plan to pursue a career as economic analysts, policy researchers and investment strategists in multinational corporations, investment or commercial banks, trade associations, government bodies and policy research institutes. The programme can also serve as a foundation for further academic work at the graduate level.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university. An undergraduate degree in economics or related areas is not a pre-requisite. Students with a solid quantitative background and commitment to academic study are encouraged to apply.
Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:
  • TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  • Overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Score 490 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications 

Course Description

Core Courses

Students have to take the following 7 core courses (total 21 credit units):

• Advanced International Trade
• Advanced Macroeconomics
• Advanced Microeconomics
• Econometrics
• Economic Growth and Development
• International Finance
• Professional Seminars in Applied Economics

Students have to choose 3 electives (total 9 credit units) from the below list:
• Experimental Economics
• Industrial Organization
• Quantitative Methods in Economics
• Topics in Econometrics
• Topics in Macroeconomics
• Topics in Microeconomics
• Up to two 3-credit-unit free electives (any courses subject to the approval from programme leader and course offering department) 

Bonus Features

Subject to funding and approval, scholarships are offered to outstanding entering students. Admitted applicants are automatically considered for scholarships (hence, no separate applications are required).