Master of Economics




What will I learn?

The Master of Economics Programme at the HKU Business School aims to introduce students to frontier developments in economics and to equip them with state-of-the-art analytical tools. Our comprehensive curriculum has multiple learning streams and helps students connect economic theory with the real world business.

As a student on this course, you will have the opportunity to take part in in-depth discussions and conduct studies on China economics from Hong Kong’s unique perspective. The school boasts a top-class teaching faculty with strong economists and outstanding alumni and mentors, as well as an active research environment, with long-term collaborative research opportunities available both within and outside the school.

The programme also provides students with a strong foundation for PhD study, should they choose to continue their studies, and Master of Economics students can also apply to complete their PhD overseas through the Theory and Advance Research stream.

Students need to complete a total of ten courses, they can choose to concentrate in one of the learning streams: Data Analysis, Policy Analysis, Theory and Advanced Research, according to their interests and career aspirations. Up to two elective courses may be taken from other taught postgraduate programmes offered by the school.

Which department am I in?

HKU Business School

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$330,000.00 (35,03,482) per year
Upon receiving the admission offer, candidates will be required to arrange a deposit of HK $85,000 to confirm their acceptance.
Application deadline

Expected December 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2023


The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission to the courses leading to a taught postgraduate qualification, a candidate: shall hold a Bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose. English Language Requirements: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5; or GCE (General Certificate of Education) - Grade C or above; or IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) - Grade C or above; or Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language - Grade C or above.

For international students

1. A recognized Bachelor's degree or equivalent;

2. Statements from two referees;

3. 2-page Research Statement on research interest and skills (for candidates applying the Advanced Research Stream); and

4. A TOEFL/IELTS score* if an applicant is not from an English teaching university.

*A score of 550 or above (paper-based test), or 80 (internet-based test) in TOEFL, or a minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5 in IELTS is required.

Application Deadline: Round 4: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), March 9, 2021; Round 5: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), April 7, 2021. Note there is only one intake (in August/September) per year.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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