Economy, State and Society: Politics and Security MA (International)
The International Master's 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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £TBC
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
- Scholarship applicants: 22 April 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
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.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The International Master's in Economy, State and Society 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), Hungary (Budapest), Poland (Kraków), Serbia (Belgrade) and Russia (Moscow).
SSEES is the largest centre for the study of its region in the United Kingdom. The SSEES Library is unequalled in Britain for the depth and breadth of its collections.
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. Year One: Core modules (16 ECTS), Methods Electives (20 ECTS) and optional modules (24 ECTS. Year Two: Language training (up to 12 ECTS), dissertation (minimum 30 ECTS) and optional modules (up to 18 ECTS).
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.
Further details available on subject website:
For funding opportunities please visit the IMESS website
Scholarships available for this department
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.
Normally an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
Applicants in the final stages of their undergraduate degree may apply but must present their transcript of marks no later than 31 August for the year of entry.
Who can apply?
This programme is designed to attract and challenge the brightest European Union and international students as well as professionals wishing to retrain to acquire European expertise and meet the challenges of the changing global environment. Evidence of English language ability is essential but there are no other language pre-requisites.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Economy, State and Society at graduate level
- why you want to study Economy, State and Society 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
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 programme
- Regional Government of Spain, Policy Officer, 2011
- Ministry of Defence, Military Personnal, 2010
- Mae Fah Luang Foundation, Assistant Programme Manager, 2010
Graduates of the programme have taken leadership positions in distinguished private and public sector organisations (including in the IMF, EBRD, Risk Control, banks and financial institutions, diplomacy and media, civil service, self-employment) and many have also continued on into doctoral studies Read some of our student testimonials here. Scholarships, internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region provide further benefits.
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