BSc Economics

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The BSc Economics programme will provide you with comprehensive training in the theoretical and quantitative tools used in the study of economics. You will have the opportunity to specialise in one of three areas: finance, international business, or marketing. All students receive a rigorous grounding in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics.

Why should I study Economics at XJTLU?

  • The BSc Economics programme provides you with a broad choice of optional modules with a range of theoretical and applied topics, as well as specialised modules that give you an enhanced understanding of economic theory.
  • The content has been designed so that you can choose modules according to your own academic interests.
  • In Year Three you will be offered modules that are designed to give you a more thorough understanding of the global economy and the Chinese economy in particular. These modules are complemented by finance modules that provide insight into businesses and their contribution to on-going development in China and in other countries.
  • Module leaders are continually developing links with the public and private sectors to enable you to undertake work placements that will give you an understanding of how your academic skills apply to real-world situations.
  • International Business School Suzhou at XJTLU is the first and only school in China to have a module, ECO105 Introduction to Business and Economics, accepted into the CFA Institute Investment Foundations Academic Program. Students who successfully complete this module are well-prepared to sit for the CFA Investment Foundations Program exam at a discounted registration fee.
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.


International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)in 2016 and 2018 respectively. AACSB accreditation is a globally recognised standard for the highest quality in business education. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide have been awarded the accreditation. The EQUIS accreditation is a quality certification system for business schools set up by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development). It has become the most global authoritive and select business school certification body in the world with its comprehensive and rigorous review process. IBSS becomes the youngest business school in the world to have received both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. There are only less than 100 business schools that have received both AACSB and EQUIS accreditation. This is an important milestone in becoming a world class business school and highlights the strength and significant influence of IBSS at the international level.

International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), a globally recognised standard for the highest quality in business education. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide have been awarded the accreditation and IBSS is the youngest school ever to have achieved it.

Qualification XJTLU BEcon Economics University of Liverpool BA Business Economics
BSc Economics
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Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate, you will have the ability to:

  • demonstrate a comprehensive and systematic understanding of economic concepts, principles, theory and modelling approaches, including theoretical foundations of modern economic thought, and practical and theoretical knowledge of micro-economic and macro-economic systems.
  • apply economic theories to analyse the workings of real-world markets
  • analyse and identify creative solutions to problems relating to business, industry and economic policy
  • collect, organise, manipulate, present, critically evaluate, and analyse economic and business data and information in an informative and accessible way for different audiences and users.

The Austrian theory of business cycles helped me understand Chinese financial markets, while the principal-agent model in advanced microeconomics inspired me.

Ruoyan Ji Alumna, BSc Economics, China



An undergraduate degree in economics is an excellent pathway to a broad spectrum of careers. The analytical and presentation skills coupled with the fundamental theories that you will acquire through the programme are highly valued by employers in many industries. Graduates will be well-prepared for management and specialist roles in various business sectors such as management consultancies, financial sectors, international organisations, government, and civil service.

The degree will also equip graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue quite different careers such as marketing, law, or even engage in entrepreneurial activities. Graduates will also gain a solid foundation for postgraduate study in economics or in other fields, such as finance, management, and public administration.


Entry requirements

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