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About the Programme

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Programme Aim

The HKU Master of Economics (MEcon) aims to provide rigorous advanced training in economics, with emphasis on real world applications. The intellectual capacity and knowledge acquired in the MEcon programme have made a lasting impact on the students’ academic life, equipping them with acumen in decision and policy making.

Our curriculum is designed to help students master economic analysis, use it creatively to find solutions to problems, and develop confidence in analysing issues and answering questions relevant to their work. 

Students can choose to concentrate in one of the streams: Data Analysis, Policy Analysis, and Theory, according to their interests and career aspirations.

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Mode and Duration of Study

The MEcon programme extends over a minimum of one academic year and a maximum of two academic years for full-time study. Most students tend to finish the programme in one academic year.

Courses are offered on a modular basis to allow students to focus on one area of study at a time. There are 6 modules in one academic year and each module is six to eight weeks long, including the examination week.

Students usually take 2 courses per module and there are 4 three-hour classes each week.

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Medium and Course Assessment

The programme will be taught in English.

Assessment of each course may include assignments, mid-term examinations, project papers, and course work, as well as a final examination, which is normally held at the end of each course unless otherwise specified.

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Graduation Requirements

Students are required to successfully complete ten 6-credit courses (60 credits), including three core courses, three stream core courses, one capstone course and three elective courses.

Students who have failed a course shall be required to retake the course. If the failed course is an elective, students may choose to take another elective course as a substitute. In order to graduate, the total number of failures cannot exceed two in the entire period of study and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above must be achieved.