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

Course Description

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.

Degree information

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.

Core modules
-Quantitative Methods
-Advanced Quantitative Methods
-Political Economy of International Business OR International Macroeconomic Policy

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

Optional modules
-A selection of thematic SSEES modules from the relevant 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.


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.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Equity Research Analyst, Bloomberg
-Management Consultant, Goetze Partners.
-Junior Research Fellow, National Research University Higher School of Economics
-Business and Systems Integration Analyst, Accenture
-Freelance Interpeter, Freelance Interpreter

Graduates of the programme have taken leadership positions in distinguished private and public sector organisations (including the IMF, EBRD, 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 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.

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

Entry Requirements

Normally an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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