Department of Economics
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) – Applied Economics Concentration
We offered a concentration in Applied Economics because we consider that a sound training in economics informs business decisions with a particularly useful perspective.
By integrating fundamental economic theory with the quantitative tools necessary for its application, the concentration equips students with the ability to analyse business problems and propose actionable recommendations to solve them. The programme also puts a focus on economic issues facing Hong Kong, Mainland China and the rest of the world.
Our graduates typically work in positions requiring business and economic forecasting or empirical research and analysis on the impact of government policies, as well as on various industries and services. The programme also prepares students for graduate study.
Programme website: http://bba.hkbu.edu.hk/eng/programmes/curriculum/econ.jsp
Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) – China Studies (Economics Concentration)
To truly grasp the emergence of China as the world’s most dynamic economy and its intricate relationship with Hong Kong, a deep understanding of the PRC’s economic institutions and policies is necessary.
By selecting the economics concentration in China studies, students will 1) acquire fundamental knowledge about various aspects of China, 2) receive a sound training in economic theories and analytical skills relevant to analyse the Chinese economy and 3) develop a firm grasp of China’s continuing economic reforms and development.
Upon the completion of the programme, graduates will be uniquely positioned to complete for China-related jobs. Graduates will also have the background to pursue a higher degree in either economics or other fields related to China.
One unique feature of the programme is the summer sojourn in China. During the summer at the end of the third year, all students of the programme are invited to spend one month at the renowned Tsinghua University in Beijing, where they will attend seminars on topics with reference to the political economy, sociology, history and geography of China.
In addition to learning Putonghua, students will also have the opportunity to visit factories, companies and government offices thus gaining first-hand exposure to the realities of doing business in China.
Programme website: http://chinast.hkbu.edu.hk/academics_concentration/
MPhil and PhD in Economics
As both the MPhil and PhD are research-oriented, students will need to:
- Complete a pre-approved programme of supervised research;
- Submit a written thesis that demonstrates a deep intellectual mastery of the candidate’s field of study, supported by a detailed summary of the student’s research undertakings and findings;<
- Satisfy the Board of Examiners, through an oral examination, (and any other examination deemed necessary), on matters relevant to the thesis; and
- Comply with supervision, attendance and coursework requirements as detailed by the School
Fields of study include: Chinese Economy; Hong Kong Economy; International trade Trade and Finance, Economic Growth and Development; Labour Economics; Industrial Economics; Financial Economics; Mathematical Economics; Public Finance; Health Economics; and Applied Econometrics.
Master of Science in Applied Economics
The MSc in Applied Economics 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 the flexibility of choosing electives for pursuing 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 the economic perspective. Outstanding students are offered scholarships and merit-based awards.
Programme website: http://mscaecon.hkbu.edu.hk/
Research theme – China’s reforms and development
A majority of faculty members have been conducting research related to the Chinese economy, with a focus on the impact of institutional reforms on China’s economic development. Advanced research methods are applied to study topics such as rural and industrial development, trade reforms, financial liberalization, efficiency changes and productivity growth.