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Economics & Business Economics & Business

Associate of Economics

Programme Code: AD 126 3416 6338
QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 21/001407/L4
Registration Validity Period:  01/09/2022 to ongoing

Application Code 報名編號 : AD126

Programme Aims & Features

The programme aims to strengthen students’ theoretical and empirical knowledge of economics to solve business problems. It also enhances students’ abilities to use qualitative and quantitative methods as well as analytical techniques to prepare for their university study in Economics.

Opportunities for Further Studies

Graduates who want to pursue higher education will be eligible to apply for UGC-funded and self-funded Economics-related bachelor’s degree programmes offered by local universities. Below are some examples*:

The University of Hong Kong
BEcon/ Econ & Fin

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BSocSc Economics

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
BBA Economics
BSc Economics and Finance

City University of Hong Kong
BBA Business Economics

Hong Kong Baptist University
BBA (Hons) Economics and Data Analytics
BSc (Hons) Business Computing and Data Analytics

HKU SPACE International College

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to various degree programmes offered by the HKU SPACE International College .

Career Prospects

Economics is a multi-disciplinary field, and thus graduates of the programme have a very wide spectrum of career choices in various sectors, such as business and finance, government, education, social services, travel and tourism. Besides, graduates after pursuing advanced professional degrees may be able to practice in various sectors which include education, financial planning, data analyst, compliance and management.

Special Entrance Requirements

In addition to the minimum entrance requirements, applicants are also required to have obtained Level 2 or above in HKDSE Mathematics, or equivalent.

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • Advanced Chinese Language
  • Applied Statistics
  • English for Business
  • Information Management

Experiential Learning Course

  • Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies

Year 1

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Business Economics
  • Mathematics for Economics


Year 2

  • The Economics of Money and Banking
  • Microeconomics: Theory and Applications
  • Introduction to Econometrics
Core Curriculum Courses

Year 1

  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning in Discipline-based Studies
  • One Core Curriculum Course from the Area of Perspectives in Arts and Humanities

Year 2

  • One Core Curriculum Course from the Area of Culture, Media and Society
  • One Core Curriculum Course from the Area of Scientific and Technological Literacy

Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment and resources available.


Tsang Tsz Ho
Tsang Tsz Ho
  • 2022-2023 Associate of Economics (Year 1)
  • Offer received: Science Group A (Year 1), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Offer received: Bachelor of Social Science, Programme in Economics (Year 1), The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Studying at HKU SPACE CC is a non-regret decision. The Associate of Economics (AECON) programme is intended to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of economics, covering microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. It goes beyond what is taught in secondary education, providing students with a deeper understanding of economic principles and their practical applications. With experienced and attentive lecturers, students can benefit from a supportive and engaging learning environment. The programme is an excellent choice for students interested in pursuing future studies and careers in fields. By taking advantage of this outstanding program, students can lay a strong foundation for their future success. 

Hong Xiaokun Ben
Hong Xiaokun Ben
  • 2022-2023 Associate of Economics
  • Offer received: BBA Management (Year 1), City University of Hong Kong
  • Offer received: BBA (Year 1), Hong Kong Baptist University

I am glad to be a SPACE student which there is no regret with me. HKU SPACE CC is a reputable institution that provides engaging and enriching knowledge to students, which I can greatly benefit from. As a student of AECON, I learnt more exhaustive knowledge about Economics than secondary that explored my mind Economics is an abstruse topic. Besides, the college also offers various services to help you to bridge university programs, such as academic advising, tutoring and career counselling. I wish you all the best in your studies at HKU SPACE CC!

Students' Activities

Personal Finance Ambassador Programme 2023/24

The Personal Finance Ambassador Programme 2023/24, themed "Sustainable Personal Finance", was co-organised by the IFEC and St James’ Settlement, and funded by HKEX Foundation. A team of four Year 1 students from the Associate of Economics programme designed and developed their own financial education projects to promote financial wellness messages pertaining to the theme to their schoolmates in November 2023. Amidst keen competition, our team won “The Excellent Financial Education Project Bronze Award”.


Visit to the Renowned Economist, Professor Steven N.S. Cheung, July 2023

Four outstanding students from the AECON programme had the privilege of visiting Professor Steven Cheung, a renowned economist who specializes in transaction costs and property rights. During the visit, the students spent an afternoon engaged in fruitful discussions with Professor Cheung on a range of socio-economic issues.