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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
  • UK/EU Part-time: £5,400
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


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 a world-leading specialist institution, 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.


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:


Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme   (CSSS)

This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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. Applicants are usually expected to have studied one term of both microeconomics and macroeconomics in their undergraduate degree.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Deloitte and Touche, Accountant, 2010
  • Ministry of Justice, Procurement Officer, 2011
  • Morgan Stanley, Investment Banking Analyst, 2011
  • Bloomberg, Electronic Trader, 2011
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers, Consultant, 2011

Employability

The Comparative Business Economics MA prepares our graduates for both further research, and for work in international business, for European and national government institutions, and for developing their own entrepreneurial ventures. Networking is facilitated by two major collaborations led by SSEES: CEELBAS and the International Master's (IMESS). Scholarships, internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region provide further benefits.


Next steps

Contact

Miss Lilla Bettiol

T: +44 (0)20 7679 8810

W: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

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Staff View

"I value the opportunity to see my own subject from very different perspectives in my exchanges with students and colleagues, whose standpoints are defined by their different experiences and approaches."

Professor Wendy Bracewell

Professor of Southeast European History

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