Postgraduate Course

MSc Economics

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Course Options
  • MSc, Other Masters, Other PG AwardFull-timeSeptember18 monthsCNY 120000 module

Notes about fees for this course

120,000 CNY

Course Information


The MSc Economics 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 International Business School Suzhou in China.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

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.



Core modules:

You are required to take the following core modules, followed by a research project (dissertation). There will be a two-week intensive focus on mathematics and statistics at the start of the first semester.

  • Econometrics
  • Microeconomic theory
  • Macroeconomic theory I
  • Time series analysis.

Elective modules:

You may choose four modules from the list below, according to your research interests and under the advice and guidance of the programme director, dissertation supervisor and other senior academic staff in IBSS.

  • Mathematics for economists
  • Probability essentials for financial calculus
  • Information asymmetries and mechanism design
  • Macroeconomic theory II
  • Asset pricing
  • Stochastic modelling in finance
  • Game theory
  • The Chinese economy and financial system.

Additional learning activity modules

  • Participation in IBSS research seminar series
  • Presentation of scholarly research paper
  • Chinese language (for international students)
  • English language (for pre-sessional students)
  • Graduate teaching assistantship
  • Graduate research assistantship
  • Graduate work placement
  • In-company project
  • Thomson One Certificate achievement
  • EIKON Certificate achievement
  • Datastream Certificate achievement
    …and many others.



The MSc Economics 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.




RMB 120,000 for the entire 18 month full-time programme.

University tuition fees cover the cost of your study with us.



Entry requirements:

academic background

An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in finance, accounting, economics, management, science or engineering and some understanding of quantitative methods, statistics or econometrics.

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)
TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill)
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Entry Requirements For This Course


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

English Language Requirements

  • If English is not your first language, but you are following a full-time degree level programme delivered wholly in English, you will normally be exempt from the English language requirements.
  • If you have not studied at degree level in English, you will need to provide evidence of your level of proficiency in the English language. You should normally possess (or be planning to complete) one of the following qualifications:

IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)

  • Individual cases will be considered on their own merits. You may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate English proficiency. As a condition of your admission or after admission, you may be required to complete English language modules as part of your additional learning activity requirement during your studies at XJTLU, on a pass/fail basis, depending on your proficiency in English.
  • If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5 of an IELTS band, or similar number for other English exams, you can apply to take our 4-week intensive English Presessional. For further information please click here.

Course Contact Details


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+86 (0)512 8816 1889


+86 512 88161899

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