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Master of Economics Program at HSBC Business School
Peking University HSBC Business School, one of the newest and most promising business schools in China, is proud of its accomplishments in the area of graduate education. The Master of Economics program focuses on a core curriculum in economic theory and applications. This is a two year, full-time program in which international students learn alongside Chinese peers in an environment of cross-cultural dialogue. All courses are instructed exclusively in English, as is all academic support provided by faculty, TAs, and staff members. The faculty members of this program have earned their PhD degrees from top-ranked universities over the world. This is program has been granted EPAS accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

*The Masters of Economics program curriculum is heavily quantitative based and therefore requires students to have a high level of mathematical skills. It is recommended that students who apply for this program have an undergraduate degree in a related or quantitative field such as economics, finance, mathematics, engineering, etc. It's strongly recommended that students have taken courses in both Economics and Mathematics. Economics courses that are recommended are Principle Economics, Intermediate to Microeconomics and Macroeconomics and Econometrics. Math courses that are recommended are Linear and Matrix Algebra, Multivariable Calculus and Real Analysis.
Curriculum Overview
Please note that this is the curriculum for 2018, curriculum for 2019 is soon to be confirmed.
Economics Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4
Year 1 Adv.Microeconomics 1 Intro.to Chinese Economy   English Writing Research Methodology & Business Ethics
Adv.Macroeconomics 2 Applied Econometrics Elective 1 Elective 3
Business Math  Advanced Econometrics Elective 2 Elective 4

Chinese Language(Level 1)
                               Chinese Language(Level 2)
Year 2 Business Chinese 1 Business Chinese 2 Thesis
(Graduate Thesis Seminar and Defense)
Elective 5 Independent Study of China
Elective 6 Elective 7
  • I.Degree Requirements
    To obtain the Master of Economics degree from Peking University HSBC Business School, students are required to fulfill 54 credits in 18 courses, including 11 required courses, 7 elective courses (minimum of 6 major elective courses and up to 1 non-major elective courses, complete 2 required course that does not count for credit (Graduate Thesis Seminar) and complete a Master’s thesis and thesis defense. The math requirement is assessed with a math exam before the official start of courses.
    Students will earn the course credits only if they successfully pass course examinations. For required courses and elective courses, students need to pass by earning a score of ‘D’ (1.0) or above. Those who fail in the required course must retake the course Students should achieve a grade average of 80 (B) or above in order to graduate. Failing any combination of two required courses or major electives twice, failing three required courses in one semester, or failing one course three times results in the inability to complete the degree and withdrawal from the program. 
    This is a two-year postgraduate program. Those who have difficulty completing the required coursework can apply to extend their studies by half a year to one year at the beginning of the second academic year. The tuition cost of the extended period will be significantly lower than traditional tuition fees, but will be covered entirely by the student himself/herself.
  • II. Research Fields
    Concentrations: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Mathematical Economics, Econometrics, Financial Economics, International Trade, Development Economics, Institutional Economics,
    Industrial Organization, Institutional Economics, Public Economics, Human Resource Economics..

    Advisors: Chia-Shang J. Chu,Chunyang Wang , David Lander, Guy Liu ,Haifeng Huang,Insook Lee ,Jiao Shi,Marshall Urias,Qian Chen,Qing Wang, Wen Hai,Young Joon Park, Zhenda Yin ,Zhimin Li, Zhiyong Tu ,Zhutong Gu and Yaein Beak.
  • III. Curriculum
    Required Courses
    a. Eleven Required Courses

    Course Credits
    Advanced Microeconomics                 3
    Advanced Macroeconomics  3
     Advanced Econometrics         
    Applied Econometrics                                                                                 
    Introduction to Chinese Economy
    Business Chinese                           6
    Independent Study of China 3
    Business Ethics and Research Methodology
    (Business Ethics:1.5 credits, Research Methodology: 1.5 credits)
    Writing in English 3
    Business Mathematics 3
    b. One Required CoursesNo credits
    Course Credits
    Graduate Thesis Seminars N/A
    Major Elective Courses
    Course Credits
    Applied Research Seminars 3
    Bayesian Statistics 3
    Game Theory 3
    Industrial Organization 3
    Independent Study 3
    Real Estate Finance and Economics 3
    Principles of Risk Management and Insurance 3
    Economics of Poverty 3
    Advanced Macroeconomics  3
    Applied Microeconomics  
    Advanced Econometrics II 3
    Advanced Econometrics I 3
    Advanced Microeconomics II 3
    Public Finance 3
    Economics of Public Issues 3
    Corporate Finance 3
    Theoretical Foundations of Corporate Finance 3
    Fixed Income Securities 3
    International Finance 3
    International Trade 3
    Behavioral Economics 3
    Money and Banking 3
    Financial Risk Management 3
    An Industrial Organization Approach to Finance 3
    Financial Economics 3
    Financial Economics II 3
    Finance in Practice 3
    Entrepreneurs and Enterprises 3
    Human Resource and Labor Economics 3
    Business Case Analysis 3
    Negotiations 3
    Social Insurance 3
    Theory and Practice of Socialism Economics 3
    Empirical Industrial Organization 3
    Experimental Economics 3
    Empirical Asset Pricing 3
    Market Microstructure 3
    Numerical Methods and Analysis 3
    Taxation and Business Strategy 3
    IT Economics 3
    Applied Stochastic Processes 3
    Political Institutions and Economic Development 3
    Institutional Economics 3
    China Studies 3
    Economics of Transition 3
    Asset Valuation Theory 3
    Business Case Analysis 3
    International Finance 3

General Elective Courses:

* Please refer to class schedule for elective courses' availability.
*Subject to change according to the Curriculum Committee’s discretion




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