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Economy, State and Society: Economics and Business MA (International)

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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. All students will spend their first year at UCL SSEES and their second year at a partner university of their choice.

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. All students will spend their first year at UCL SSEES and their second year at a partner university of their choice.

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 compulsory 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 which may include:
  • Trade and FDI with reference to Eastern Europe
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets
  • Financial Development
  • Corruption and Governance: Causies, Consequences and Control
  • Public Choice-Private Interest
  • Economic Development and Policies
  • Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
  • International Macroeconomic Policy

Year 2 modules will vary depending on second year destination choices. Please visit the IMESS website for further information. 

Dissertation/report

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.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Funding

IMESS Scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas applicants are available. For funding opportunities please visit the IMESS website

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

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.

Employability

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.

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.

Department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme is designed to attract and challenge the brightest European Union and international students as well as professionals wishing to retrain to acquire European expertise and meet the challenges of the changing global environment. Evidence of English language ability is essential but there are no other language prerequisites.

Application deadlines

All applicants

26 July 2019

Scholarship applicants

24 March 2019

All applicants must complete the IMESS Supplementary Questionnaire which substitutes the personal statement. Applicants in the final stages of their undergraduate degree may apply but must present their transcript of marks no later than 31 August for the year of entry.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Economy, State and Society at graduate level
  • why you want to study Economy, State and Society at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging and truly international academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
  • Applicants are usually expected to have studied one term of both microeconomics and macroeconomics in their undergraduate degree.

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

*Applicants are usually expected to have studied one term of both microeconomics and macroeconomics in their undergraduate degree.


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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