The master of science in applied economics offered by the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) provides a rigorous training in economic analysis, as well as empirical and quantitative methods for fresh graduates and young professionals.
"The media often talks about `analysis based on economic fundamentals'. In this programme, we take these fundamentals seriously. Mathematics and statistical tools cannot be avoided," says programme leader Dr Charles Leung Ka-yui.
"The programme emphasises solid training in economic analysis. If I were to use one phrase to summarise it, it would be BTEF - `back to economic fundamentals'," he adds.
The global economy, amid an increasingly connected financial market, is developing fast in an unprecedented manner.
"The programme is suitable for university graduates who would like to pursue their studies further at PhD level or work as professional economists in the business and government sectors," says Leung.
"It aims to develop students' conceptual and analytical capabilities in analysing economic policy and making competent business decisions, and to impart knowledge and skills in theory and empirical methods that facilitate applied research in economics," he adds.
The programme is offered in full-time mode and must be completed within a year. Classes are held on weekdays during the day, and in the evenings and on weekends.
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a recognised university. Students with a solid quantitative background and commitment to study can apply.