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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£10,350 (FT) £5,305 (PT)
Overseas:
£18,850 (FT) £9,530 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015

Entry Requirements

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 Requirements

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

Degree Information

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).

Core Modules

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Political Economy of International Business
  • CBE Dissertation, including SEESGS40 - Dissertation Preparation Programme
  • Plus at least 30 credits from the following:
  • Corporate Governance
  • Property Rights
  • Financial Development
  • Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets

Options

  • Remaining Core Modules
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance
  • Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
  • Economics of Health and Population
  • Trade and FDI Policy with reference to Eastern Europe
  • Development Economics and Policy
  • Energy, Technology and Innovation
  • International Macroeconomic Policy
  • 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, tutorials and seminars. Students will be assessed by unseen written examinations, coursework and the research dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Comparative Business Economics MA

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial needs

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

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

  • Consultant, World Bank (2012)
  • Procurement Officer, Ministry of Justice (2011)
  • Investment Banking Analyst, Morgan Stanley (2011)
  • Electronic Trader, Bloomberg (2011)
  • Business Analyst, MTV (2012)

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.

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

Department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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