Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £10,660 (FT) £5,465 (PT)
- £18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)
A minimum 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.
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:
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, socio-economic development, financial integration, democratisation, innovation and entrepreneurship, and internationalisation.
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).
- Quantitative Methods
- Advanced Quantitative Methods
- International Macroeconomic Policy
- At least one of the following:
- Public Choice - Private Interest
- Economics of Health and Population
- Trade and FDI Policy with reference to Eastern Europe
- Development Economics and Policy
- Any of the remaining Core Modules
- Advanced Qualitative Methods
- Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets
- Financial Development
- Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
- Political Economy of Health, Development and Welfare
- Property Rights
- Energy, Technology and Innovation
- Language modules offered by SSEES
- Modules from UCL's School of Public Policy and UCL Economics
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.
AHRC Scholarships may be available.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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.
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Overseas students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
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.
Top career destinations for this degree
- PhD Student, UCL (2011)
- Bank Manager, China Merchant Bank (2012)
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.
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
"UCL is an energetic place that is clearly on an upward trajectory, bustling with original thinkers doing cutting-edge work and incredibly talented students from all over the world. Definitely the place to study and do research at the beginning of the 21st century."
Professor Jan Kubik
UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies
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 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.
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 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