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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

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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 Economics and Policy MA

The Comparative Economics and Policy MA is an interdisciplinary pan-European programme specialising in the areas of comparative economic systems and development studies. The core courses explore the economics of transition and integration within the broader context of institutions, development and globalisation.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme focuses on the development experiences of the 28 nations that have emerged from the former Soviet bloc in Europe and Asia. Students analyse the impact of institutional reforms on diverse outcomes, including economic performance, socioeconomic development, financial integration, democratisation, innovation and entrepreneurship, and internationalisation.

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), a choice of a further one of three core modules (15 credits), optional modules (45 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Development Economics and Policy
  • At least one of the following:
  • Financial Development
  • Economics of Health and Population
  • Trade and FDI Policy with reference to Eastern Europe

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 offered by SSEES
  • Modules from UCL's School of Public Policy and Department of Economics

Dissertation/report

All MA students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, laboratory sessions and workshops. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods: unseen examinations, long essays, course work 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

The deadline for applications is 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 who wish to develop the skills necessary for further research or a career in this field. Graduates have gone on to work in think tanks, political parties, national, European and international organisations, the media and non-governmental organisations as economic and political analysts.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Institutions, Development and Globalisation at graduate level
  • why you want to study Institutions, Development and Globalisation 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:

  • Independent Television News
  • The Financial Times
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • NATO
  • Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ)
  • Amnesty International
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Chase Manhattan
  • The Bank of England
  • The European Union
Some graduates 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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