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Course content

The Comparative Business Economics MA at UCL is focused principally at company-level study and offers the chance to examine: the role of multinationals; corporate governance and finance; privatisation; entrepreneurship, and the determinants of innovation and technological change within the European area.

Degree information

The programme offers discipline-based training combined with empirical application, drawing on the experience of the 28 nations that have emerged from the former Soviet block in Europe and Asia. Students are equipped with strong foundations in both international business and economics as well as in finance and corporate governance.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), plus a compulsory choice of one of four additional modules (15 credits), a selection of optional modules to the value of 45 credits, and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules - 60 credits of core modules:
-Quantitative Methods
-Advanced Quantitative Methods
-Political Economy of International Business

Optional modules
-Financial Development
-Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets
-Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance
-Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
-Economics of Health and Population
-Trade and FDI Policy with reference to Eastern Europe
-Public Choice-Private Interest
-International Macroeconomic Policy
-Language modules
-Corporate Governance
-The Economics of Property Rights

Dissertation/report
All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars. Students will be assessed by unseen written examinations, coursework and the research dissertation.

Careers

With their specialist knowledge and language skills, SSEES Master's graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academia.

Recent employer destinations include: Government Service, Energy and Commodities Analysis, Deloitte & Touche, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, NATO, Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ), Amnesty International, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chase Manhattan, the Bank of England, and the EU. Some advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Financial Analyst, Goldman Sachs
-Risk Manager, GE Capital
-Analyst, CICC (China International Capital Corporation)
-Staff Accountant, KPMG
-Research Analyst, Cushman & Wakefield

Employability
The Comparative Business Economics MA prepares our graduates for both further research, and for work in international business, for European and national government institutions, and for developing their own entrepreneurial ventures. Networking is facilitated by two major collaborations led by SSEES: CEELBAS and the International Master's (IMESS). Scholarships, internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region provide further benefits.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is a world-leading specialist institution, and the largest national centre in the UK, for the study of central, Eastern and South-east Europe and Russia.

Located in Bloomsbury, SSEES offers an ideal location for scholars. The British Library, British Museum, University of London Library and other similar research centres are all close by.

Our unique specialist library and central London location provide an ideal environment for research, while our close contacts with employers, policymakers and alumni afford excellent opportunities for networking and career development.

Visit the Comparative Business Economics - MA page on the University College London website for more details!

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