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Economy, State and Society: History and Society - MA (International)

Course Description

The International MA 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
-Historical Methods and Approaches OR Political Sociology
-Understanding and Analysing Data OR Quantitative Methods
-Comparative Analysis in Social-Political Research
-Literary and Cultural Theory
-Contemporary Cultural Studies
-Qualitative Methods
-Advanced Quantitative Methods

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 still 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:
-PR Assistant, Aspectus
-PhD in Literature and Cultural Research, Tartu Ülikool (University of Tartu)
-Trainee Political Analyst, Embassy of Finland
-Programme Officer, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation
-Campaign Co-Ordinator, London First

Graduates of the programme have taken leadership positions in distinguished private and public sector organisations including in the IMF, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, risk control, banks and financial institutions, diplomacy, media, and civil service, and many have also continued on into doctoral studies. Scholarships, internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region provide further benefits.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This degree 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 SSEES and the second at one of the partner universities in the Czech Republic (Prague), Estonia (Tartu), Finland (Helsinki), Poland (Kraków) and Serbia (Belgrade).

Our unparalleled 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 Economy, State and Society: History and Society - 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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