Comparative Economics and Policy MA


Our Comparative Economics and Policy MA is an applied, policy-oriented programme reflecting SSEES's leading-edge expertise in Comparative Economics. The programme is centred around the economics and economic policy of emerging markets, viewed through the prism of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, but relevant to the emerging economies and societies of South and South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa as well as Latin America.


Mode of study

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

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £9,550
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,750
  • 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 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 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), 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:


Funding

AHRC Scholarships may be available.

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 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 Comparative Economics and Policy at graduate level
  • why you want to study Comparative Economics and Policy 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 Master's graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academe.

Employability

The MA opens up a range of opportunities and we expect that graduates from this programme will go on to work in think-tanks, political parties, national, European and international private and public sector organisations and in media and non-governmental organisations as economic and political analysts. Similarly, we hope others will go on to doctoral studies. 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

Department

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

Student View

"UCL offers access to the policy world and opportunities to get involved (often via paid work) in conferences, workshops and training courses run by the graduate school."

Imogen Wade

Degree: MPhil/PhD