Careers & Destinations

ESPS attracts applicants from many different countries; the degree produces graduates who go on to undertake research or professional training and take up employment in a range of fields such as journalism, government or business, in the UK and internationally.

Selected Destinations

Job Title
Company

Private Partnership Manager

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Media Manager
Le Fooding USA
MA in Russian and Journalism NYU
Analyst Mothercare plc
Graduate Scheme The Cabinet Office
Online Editor Real Business
Web Marketing & Web Management European Society for Medical Oncology
Intern United Nations Institute for Training & Research
Business Development Intern Bloomberg LP (UK)
Management Consultant
Oliver Wyman
Investment Analyst
Goldman Sachs
Speechwriter
Cabinet of EU Commissioner Joaquín Almunia
Head of Regional Development Admin Team HM Treasury

Testimonials

Nick Ophoff

Nick Ophoff (2012)
"Nothing has proved to be of more value to my post-university career than adaptability to change – a skill I credit to my years in ESPS.

Departments often operate in ways that appear self-evident only to the people in them, so the multidisciplinary and cross-faculty exposure inherent to ESPS keeps you on your toes. Although I only shared a few classes with fellow ESPS students, this common mentality meant that we formed a tight and supportive community.

Upon graduation in 2012, I interned for the UN World Food Programme in Rome. I was subsequently hired in the Private Partnerships Division, and have been working for the organisation ever since. I'm currently stationed in Zambia, but move back to London in September 2014 to pursue an MSc International Political Economy at LSE."

Victoire Louapre

Victoire Louapre (2012)
"After having studied at UCL, no door seemed to be closed: ESPS is such a pluridisciplinary bachelor which allowed me to study International Relations, Philosophy, Economics, Spanish, and even Mandarin… During my final year, I interned at Dior Parfums in the Communications department, and decided to pursue this field at SciencesPo Paris. I am currently working for Le Fooding (a restaurant guide and gastronomic events agency), first in Paris and now New York."

Ilaria Parogni

Ilaria Parogni (2011)
"As an undergraduate student on the ESPS programme, you cannot help but notice that you are surrounded by a very special group of people. Everyone in my year was driven, passionate and extremely bright. Excellence was not a goal to strive towards for the sake of it, but rather a by-product of our path to self-actualisation. Being in contact with people from different backgrounds, speaking multiple languages and displaying a wide range of interests enriched us on a personal and academic level every day.   

I have spent the past few years putting to good use the quick and creative thinking skills acquired during my time on the ESPS programme, establishing a career in the media industry. After three years as Director of Social Media and contributor to news site Russia Beyond the Headlines, I took on the position of editor of The Kompass, a new online platform with a focus on Russian culture. I am now preparing to relocate from London to New York, where I will be starting an MA in Russian and Journalism at NYU. The positive experience and good memories from my time with ESPS – where my passion for Russia and politics first developed - have definitely influenced my decision to take a break from full-time employment in order to pursue further education."

Laura Cronk

Laura Cronk (2011)
"The huge scope of the course is matched by the vastness of the city and wide range of nationalities, personalities and ambitions of the people you study alongside. ESPS is a competitive, challenging global degree in a global city; having completed it you'll find the world at your feet.

Those in my year have dispersed to the four corners of the Earth for internships, further education and careers. I've remained at UCL in the Centre for European Studies, and feel that ESPS, more than simply preparing me for postgraduate study, was fundamental to instigating and sustaining my decision to take this path."

Eliza Galos

Eliza Galos (2010)
"Before coming to the UK from Eastern Europe, I had looked for a BA that could accommodate my desire to explore a variety of social sciences (History, Politics, Economics, Law) and the wish to learn an additional language.

Since I participated in EU-related contests and travelled in a number of European countries before starting university, ESPS seemed like the perfect BA. My exchange year in Italy was life-changing because I became fluent in Italian and because I discovered the academic subject I am truly interested in, which is Migration. Since I graduated from ESPS, I built on my multidisciplinary background to do an MSc in Migration Studies at University of Oxford. After I completed my studies, I conducted migration research for the think-tank IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research), researched for an MP in the British Parliament, and organised events for a bilateral trade organisation (British-Romanian Chamber of Commerce). Currently, I divide my time between coordinating an information campaign on behalf of an NGO, and work in local government. Recently, I contributed to the debate about immigration in the UK, on BBC Radio 5, and I have blogged for The Independent and the Huffington Post."

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Martina Gili (2010)
"Motivation and ambition are contagious and studying side by side with excellent students triggers discussions, positive exchange, sometimes disagreements, but it certainly does not leave you unaffected.

I personally specialised in what could be called History of Thought, learning to contextualize modern thinking and events, to understand the present, and to look at the future in a more creative and pro-active way.

During my year abroad in Barcelona, I developed a real passion for documentaries, which I decided to pursue after graduation. I first did a documentary certificate at the London Film Academy to get hands-on experience, then later shot a documentary in the countryside of Luxor, Egypt.

The notions that I learned in ESPS have proved to be applicable to different subject-areas. Not only did I gain a ground (and critical) understanding of the world and of how things go, but I also developed invaluable research, analytical and writing skills."

Stephan Vogel

Stephan Vogel (2009)
"ESPS stood out with the flexibility to study a social science discipline and a foreign language in a single undergraduate programme. The integrated year abroad was a fantastic opportunity to take courses in my chosen language and experience a different culture.

Since graduation, I have been working as a management consultant with a focus on the energy industry. The analytical rigour, inquisitive mind and critical thinking that I developed during the programme provided me with a great foundation for my career."

Hinako Yoshida

Hinako Yoshida (2009) "After graduating from ESPS, I started as an investment analyst at Goldman Sachs in its Hong Kong and Tokyo offices. Understanding the global political and economic lanscape and being able to respond quickly to new developments has been key for my success.

The experience of a year abroad in Florence is a lifetime treasure that I would not have experienced with just any Economics degree! The dissertation was a special component of the degree that really pushed me academically - it strengthened my endurance and independent thinking, which is a very similar process to researching an investment idea."

Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson (2008)
"ESPS is a wonderful degree in the sense that it allows one to combine both a passion for the quizzical, the abstract and the ‘academic’ with more tangible skills - fluency in a language, a proven track record in independent research and, if one chooses, a training in more ‘vocational’ subjects such as economics or law.

In this sense ESPS students are provided with a uniquely rounded education which, in turn, translates into an adeptness at quickly coping with unfamiliar topics and disciplines and a propensity for independent and critical thinking. Though the focus of my career has moved slightly away from Europe since graduating, these skills, which I acquired from ESPS, continue to serve me well."

Joanna Parkin

Joanne Parkin (2006)
"ESPS was instrumental in me obtaining position as speechwriter for the Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Policy at the European Commission. I was only aware of the job through ESPS and UCL as the department was contacted directly by the Commission and the post was not advertised openly elsewhere.

This reflects the level of international esteem held for the university and the degree course. The ability to combine language study while gaining an extensive knowledge of European affairs has proved invaluable given that a second language is obligatory for employment in the European Commission."

Alison Mallard

Alison Mallard (2006)
"ESPS opened up so many opportunities to me as a graduate student. The combination of language and humanities meant I was able to undertake a year of funded postgraduate study in Berlin, made possible by my language skills and my year abroad studying in Hamburg. As a researcher, I am also able to consult German language commentary and texts - a great advantage in the area of Kant studies, and a nice touch to any academic proposal.

ESPS was perhaps most formative in giving me a taste for independent research. Crucially, the philosophical ideas and research skills that I developed as part of the dissertation and the European Research Seminar allowed me to develop a detailed PhD proposal for the ESRC 1+3 application and meant I secured funding for the full duration of my graduate studies."