Master of Science in International and Development Economics


What will I learn?

Master of Science in International and Development Economics is the first taught master programme in Hong Kong that is mainly instructed in Chinese Mandarin * and specializes in the Belt and Road Initiative and Economic Development (Particularly regarding economic development in the Bay Area). The programme aims to provide students with interdisciplinary training mainly in the fields of economics and finance. The design of this programme also allows students to explore their subject interests and gain insight into the latest economic, financial, social, political and environmental developments in areas along the Belt and Road Initiative and various Bay Areas from different perspectives.

The launch of the MIDE Programme is determined to nurture professionals who are in the fields of finance, banking, commerce and trading services, public services, academic research and other professional services, and individuals who are interested in developing their careers in participating countries in the Belt and Road Initiative and different Bay Areas. Likewise, it is hoped that this programme will provide foreign students with a deeper understanding of China’s development and will offer them a chance to comprehensively understand the opportunities for future development in China. Thus, the programme will help students realize their full strength and gain a competitive advantage in the Chinese marketplace.

Apart from offering regular lessons, MIDE also:

  • Regularly invites renowned professional leaders in various industries and diplomats in mainland China/ Hong Kong to share the latest regional development in their expertise.
  • Provides students with field work opportunities to visit different regions along the Belt and Road Initiative and Bay Areas (in particular regarding the Free Trade Zone) in China.
  • Offers internship opportunities at enterprises and companies.

The Programme integrates theory with practical experience and is suitable for applicants who have business experience.

Graduates of MIDE may apply for the dual-degree programme which is jointly co-launched with the Faculty of Business, Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$185,000.00 (19,62,781) per year
Application deadline

Expected May 2024

More details

Start date

Expected January 2024


Lingnan University

8 Castle Peak Road,

Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from a recognised tertiary institution; and An applicant whose degree is from a non-English-medium tertiary institution should obtain: IELTS: minimum acceptable score of 6.5 or TOEFL: minimum acceptable score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) or an equivalent score in a recognised test

For international students

To be eligible for entry into this programme, each applicant should have:

  1. a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university normally with honours not lower than Second Class; OR
  2. graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor’s degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than “B” in undergraduate courses;
  3. completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.

If applicants whose bachelor's degree is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English, applicants are required to submit any English proficiency test scores (eg. IELTS, TOEFL) or other equivalent qualifications in English.

Applicants whose first language is not Chinese may be invited to attend an admission interview provided by the Admission Committee.

Applicants will be given first priority to be considered if their CVs and interviews demonstrate leadership skills and show at least 10 years of working experience.

Applicants holding an ‘equivalent qualifications’ and with relevant experiences may be invited to attend an admission interview,

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


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