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The International Master's in Economy, State and Society is a unique, innovative, dynamic yet firmly established postgraduate programme offered by a consortium of leading European universities. It leads to the award of a highly prestigious double degree.

About this degree

The programme combines rigorous research methods training, discipline-based and area studies training and intensive language tuition. Students develop cultural and linguistic knowledge of Eastern and Western Europe, and acquire the skills to identify and critically analyse key factors shaping the economies, states and societies of the expanding European region.

Students take modules to a total value of 120 ECTS, with 60 ECTS taken in year one at UCL and 60 ECTS taken in year two at their chosen institution.

Year one core modules

Compulsory (methods) modules to the value of 12 ECTS and at least one of the core modules to the value of 12 ECTS as listed below. 

  • Quantitative Methods (6 ECTS)
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods (6 ECTS)
  • Political Economy of International Business (12 ECTS) OR International Macroeconomic Policy (12 ECTS)
  • Language*

*If not taken in year one, the Language module is compulsory in year two.

Optional modules

24 ECTS or 36 ECTS if no language taken in year one

  • A selection of thematic SSEES modules from the relevant track
  • One elective (max 6 ECTS) may be taken from another IMESS track


All students undertake an independent research project in their second year, which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 20,000–25,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and research supervision. Assessment is by written examination, coursework and dissertation; language courses involve an oral examination.

Detailed module information

See full details of modules for this programme.


Graduates of this programme are qualified to progress to doctoral research in the European area; others may advance to careers in governmental or international organisations, and may specialise in finance, commerce, analysis or consultancy. Others may seek a career in diplomacy, or in journalism, or in non-governmental organisations. Indeed, the scope of IMESS is broad and so too, correspondingly, are the post-IMESS possibilities.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Business Analyst, Citibank
  • CFA, Quartic Training
  • Business and Systems Integration Analyst, Accenture
  • Junior Research Fellow, National Research University Higher School of Economics
  • Freelance Interpeter, Freelance Interpreter


Graduates of the programme have taken leadership positions in distinguished private and public sector organisations (including the IMF, EBRD, OSCE, NATO, United Nations, in risk control, banks and financial institutions, diplomacy and media, and the civil service) and many have also continued to doctoral studies. Scholarships, internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region provide further benefits.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The International Master's in Economy, State and Society is fast becoming the programme of choice for students with a serious interest in the economies, states and societies of the wider European region.

Students benefit from an integrated study programme, with the first year spent at the UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) and the second at one of the partner universities in the Czech Republic (Prague), Estonia (Tartu), Hungary (Budapest), Poland (Kraków), Russia (St Petersburg) and Serbia (Belgrade).

Our specialist library is unrivalled in the UK and our central London location provides an ideal environment for research. Our close contacts with employers, policymakers and alumni afford excellent opportunities for networking and career development.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

64% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Visit the Economy, State and Society: Economics and Business (MA) (International) page on the University College London website for more details!





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