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International Economics with a focus on China - Master's Programme (One Year)

Master's programme1 year60 credits
A Master's in International Economics with a focus on China enables you to pursue a career in internationally operating companies, various areas of the financial sector, such as commercial banks, insurance companies, stock exchanges, government authorities and public institutions.

In an increasingly globalised economy, there is a growing need for economists who understand the effects of international trade flows, investments and policies. Furthermore the rise of China as an economic superpower has vast implications for companies and countries alike. This programme will provide you with knowledge of the current affairs of China’s economy based on the methods of advanced economics and economic history.

The programme combines standard economic methods and theories with careful analysis of China’s economy. Courses are designed to give you specific insight into China’s economic macro-policies, institutions and the micro-level development of markets and firms.

As a graduate you will be able to assist companies and institutions in navigating an increasingly financially integrated and competitive global economy. Through this programme you will acquire an extensive knowledge of China’s economic institutions and the methods used to study them. You will obtain a broad theoretical knowledge of international economics and economic history. You will also participate in a study tour to Fudan University in Shanghai and conduct fieldwork in China.

We offer high quality teaching by leading researchers in the field. With close connections to business community our courses often feature guest lectures by top management in international firms. With a Master’s of International Economics with a focus on China you will be able to tackle important real-world issues in this age of globalisation and financial integration.

Most of the study programme will be shared and co-taught with other Master's programmes.

Career prospects

This programme provides you with excellent career opportunities. There is high demand for graduates with an in-depth knowledge of the Chinese economy and China’s role in the Asia-Pacific and the global economy.

Prospective employers are internationally operating companies, various areas of the financial sector, such as commercial banks, insurance companies, stock exchanges, government authorities and public institutions.

Furthermore, graduates will be qualified for employment at private research centres. Many international institutions have a constant demand for economists, for example the UN, ILO, EU, ECB, OECD, IMF, the World Bank and various aid agencies such as SIDA.

More information can be found at

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (BA/BSc) with at least 60 ECTS credits in economics, economic history or the equivalent. For students with an undergraduate degree in economics, these credits must include courses in intermediate microeconomics and econometrics (quantitative methods) or the equivalent knowledge. English 6/English course B.

Selection criteria

The selection is based on academic qualifications.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under "Entry requirements"). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency - check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.


Important dates

Start Autumn semester 2019

Study period


daytime Lund, full time 100%

In English

September 2, 2019 - June 8, 2020


How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in
  • Start your application – go to where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
  • Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants)
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated on this page
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable) before the document deadline

*Note that the process if different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme.

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Programme-specific documents

No programme-specific documents (such as a CV or letters of recommendation) are required when you apply for this programme.

We do not require a GMAT or GRE score, but a well-balanced score may strengthen your application to his particular programme. GMAT code, School of Economics and Management, Lund University: 8V-RPL-07. Lund University does not have a GRE code. You are welcome to submit a certified copy of your GRE test result directly to University Admissions in Sweden.


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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 120 000

First payment: SEK 60 000

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations