The BSc Economics programme will provide you with comprehensive training in theoretical and quantitative tools used in economics. You will learn how to apply this training to understand, analyse and interpret the mechanisms of real-world markets. While all students receiving a rigorous foundation in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, you can also specialise in one of three areas: finance, international business or marketing.


Why should I study Economics at XJTLU?

By studying on this course, you can expect to:

  • choose from a broad array of modules with a range of theoretical and applied topics, as well as specialised modules that will give you an enhanced understanding of economic theory;
  • gain a thorough understanding of the global economy and the Chinese economy in particular while obtaining insight into businesses and their contribution to ongoing development in China and in other countries;
  • take advantage of work placements that will give you an understanding of how your academic skills apply to real-world situations through XJTLU’s continuously developing links with the public and private sectors;
  • be well-prepared to sit the CFA Institute Investment Foundations Program exam at a discounted registration fee by successfully completing the only module in China accepted into the CFA Institute Investment Foundations Programme.
  • enjoy the opportunity to attend the University of Liverpool in Years Three and Four if you choose the 2+2 route;
  • have the opportunity to undertake overseas exchanges with other universities; and
  • earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from China’s Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.
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Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the BSc Economics programme, you will have:

  • the ability to demonstrate comprehensive and systematic understanding of economic concepts, principles, theory and modelling approaches, including theoretical foundations of modern economic thinking, and practical and theoretical knowledge of microeconomic and macroeconomic systems;
  • the knowledge and understanding required to apply economic theories to analyse the mechanisms of real-world markets;
  • the skills needed to analyse and identify creative solutions to problems relating to business, industry and economic policy; and
  • the ability to 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.

One of the basic definitions of Economics is as follows: how to satisfy unbounded needs of humanity with bounded resources at hand in the optimal way. In the BSc Economics programme you will find answers to this fundamental question as well as a lot of other standing problems in modern society. BSc Economics is the most universal and fundamental programme at IBSS that offers students multiple open perspectives for further postgraduate studies.

Anton Bondarev

Programme director


Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University offers a wide range of courses in the first year, including English for academic purposes (EAP), mathematics and physics, and humanities and social sciences. Click to learn more.

The Austrian theory of business cycles helped me understand Chinese financial markets and I was inspired by the principal-agent model in advanced microeconomics inspired me.

Ruoyan Ji

Alumna, BSc Economics, China


Graduates from this programme will be well-prepared for management and specialist positions in business sectors such as management consultancy, the financial sector, international organisations, government and the civil service, as well as positions in marketing, law and entrepreneurship. Graduates will also gain a solid foundation for postgraduate study in economics, finance, management or public administration.

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