Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £10,350 (FT) £5,305 (PT)
- £18,850 (FT) £9,530 (PT)
- All applicants:
- 1 August 2015
A minimun of 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.
English language requirement: Good
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
Equivalent qualifications for Algeria
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.
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).
- Corporate Governance
- Property Rights
- CBE Dissertation, including SEESGS40 - Dissertation Preparation Programme
- Plus at least 30 credits from the following:
- Advanced Quantitative Methods
- Political Economy of International Business
- Quantitative Methods
- Financial Development
- Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets
- International Macroeconomic Policy
- Energy, Technology and Innovation
- Development Economics and Policy
- Trade and FDI Policy with reference to Eastern Europe
- Economics of Health and Population
- Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
- Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance
- Advanced Qualitative Methods
- Remaining Core Modules
- Modules from UCL's School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics
- Language modules or other modules offered by SSEES
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, tutorials and seminars. Students will be assessed by unseen written examinations, coursework and the research dissertation.
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
- 1 year
- Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.
More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website
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 degree
- World Bank, Consultant, 2012,
- Ministry of Justice, Procurement Officer, 2011,
- Morgan Stanley, Investment Banking Analyst, 2011,
- Bloomberg, Electronic Trader, 2011,
- MTV, Business Analyst, 2012,
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.
Why 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.
Our nationally unequalled specialist Library and central London location provide an ideal environment for research, while our close contacts with employers, policy-makers and alumni afford excellent opportunities for networking and career development.
Student / staff ratios › 70 staff › 200 taught students › 80 research students
Application and next steps
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.
- All applicants
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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