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Miss Natasha Clark

Email: maadmissions@ssees.ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 8810

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£9,750 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

AHRC Scholarships may be available.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

45% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Comparative Business Economics MA

The Comparative Business Economics MA at UCL is focused principally at company-level study and offers the chance to examine: the role of multinationals; corporate governance and finance; privatisation; entrepreneurship, and the determinants of innovation and technological change within the European area.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme offers discipline-based training combined with empirical application, drawing on the experience of the 28 nations that have emerged from the former Soviet block in Europe and Asia. Students are equipped with strong foundations in both international business and economics as well as in finance and corporate governance.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is one of the world's leading specialist institutions, and the largest national centre in the UK, for the study of Central, Eastern and South-East Europe and Russia.

Located on the edge of Bloomsbury, SSEES offers an ideal location for scholars. The British Library, British Museum, University of London Library and other similar research centres are all close by.

The SSEES Library is unequalled in Britain for the depth and breadth of its collections, the majority of which are on open access in the SSEES building.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), plus a compulsory choice of one of three additional modules (15 credits), a selection of optional modules to the value of 45 credits, and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Political Economy of International Business
  • Plus at least one of the following:
  • Corporate Governance and Privatisation
  • Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets
  • Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies

Options

  • Remaining Core Modules
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance
  • Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research
  • Corporate Governance and Privatisation
  • Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets
  • Economics of Transition
  • Financial Development
  • Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
  • Political Economy of Health, Development and Welfare
  • Political Economy of International Business
  • The Globalisation of Transition Economies
  • Language modules or other modules offered by SSEES.
  • Modules from UCL's School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics

Dissertation/report

All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials and seminars. Students will be assessed by unseen written examinations, coursework and the research dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

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

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

Completed applications will be considered in the order they arrive until the 2 August 2013. 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?

The programme is suitable for students with a background in economics who wish to develop the skills necessary for further research in this field, for work in international business for European and national government institutions, and for developing their own entrepreneurial ventures.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Comparative Business Economics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Comparative Business Economics 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
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.

Career

With their specialist knowledge and language skills, SSEES Masters graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academe.

Recent employer destinations include: Government Service, Energy and Commodities Analysis, Deloitte & Touche, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, NATO, Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ), Amnesty International, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chase Manhattan, the Bank of England, and the EU. Some advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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