Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

Economics and Business with East European Studies with a Year Abroad BA

This programme equips you with transferable knowledge and skills in economics and business studies combined with an application of these disciplines to the east European region. It provides the opportunity to learn an east European language and to spend a year studying at a university in the region.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Economics and Business with East European Studies with a Year Abroad BA
UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Economics and Business
Total intake (by subject area)
105 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
5 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
64% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Mathematics required.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics, with no score below 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18-23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,D3 - D3,D3,M1in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Mathematics

AAA-AAB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher), including Mathematics at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma Core with grade A or B, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AA, including Mathematics.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • Spend your third year abroad, studying at a university in the region.
  • Gain insight into the theoretical, conceptual and analytical tools of social science and their application in understanding the processes of transition and transformation in central and Eastern Europe.
  • The programme is taught by acknowledged experts in the field, most of whom speak one or more of the languages of the region.
  • UCL SSEES is the largest national centre in the UK for the study of central, Eastern and south-east Europe and Russia. The SSEES Library contains over 400,000 books, journals and film resources.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

You will take compulsory courses in economics and business in years one and two, with a compulsory dissertation in your final year. In each year you choose the remainder of your courses from options in economics, politics, sociology, international relations, mathematical and statistical methodology and language.

You will be strongly encouraged to learn an east European language with a view to spending a year in a country of the region. Not only will you be able to make use of our excellent language teaching resources, but you will also have access to the foreign language resources of the SSEES Library.

Your third year is spent abroad studying at a university in the region. During your year abroad you will be expected to develop your language skills where appropriate, to sit courses (in English) related to your degree and to develop an enhanced understanding of relevant country-level issues.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Applied Game Theory for Economics and Business
Contemporary Issues in International Business and Strategic Management
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introductory Statistical Methods

Optional courses

You will select 1.5 credits of optional courses from a wide range including:

Differential and Integral Calculus
Economic History and Thought
Elementary Mathematics I
Foundation Language course
Introduction to International Relations
Mathematics for Students of Economics, Statistics or Related Disciplines
Other Russian, History or east European courses available at UCL SSEES

Year Two

Compulsory courses

You will select at least 1.5 credits of courses from the following:

Applied Econometrics
European Macroeconomics
New Venture Creation
Topics in Microeconomics

Optional courses

You will select two from the following:

Economics of the Family
Emerging Market Economies
And either Political Economy of European Integration or Emerging Market Economies in Russia and Eastern Europe

In addition, you will select a further 1.5 credits from a range of optional courses.

Year Three

Year abroad

Performance Certificate
Progress Portfolio
Self-EvaluationYear Abroad Assignment

Final Year

Compulsory courses


Optional courses

You will select 3.0 credits of optional courses from a wide range including:

Growth and Convergence
Health Economics and Policy
Industrial and Corporate Change
International Trade
Topics in Financial Management I
Topics in International Management II
The Economics of Entrepreneurship and International Macroeconomics
or other courses available within UCL SSEES

Your learning

You will be taught by a combination of lectures and classes. You will be expected to prepare presentations on selected topics for classes, sometimes as an individual and sometimes as part of a group, and these are followed by class discussion. You will be set regular written work, including essays and exercises involving qualitative methods.


You will receive feedback from tutors on both your oral and written presentation skills to help develop your ability in these areas. Your assessment will be based on unseen written examinations, coursework and a dissertation. For the final-year dissertation you will have a supervisor to provide advice and guidance.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Economics and Business with East European Studies with a Year Abroad BA.


After graduating from this programme you will have transferable knowledge and skills in economics and business, and expertise in a region where complex issues of political change, economic development and international relations are reshaping national and social expectations.

Career destinations of previous graduates include government service (in the UK and the EU), international agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), consultancy (economic, political risk, security, marketing), banking, financial services, law, media, teaching and the leisure sector, as well as further study.


First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme include:

  • Account Manager, M&C Saatchi (2012)
  • Graduate Manager, L'Oreal (2012)
  • Consultant, Oliver Wyman (2011)
  • Corporate Analyst, HSBSC (2013)
  • Audit Trainee, Simmons Gainsford (2012)

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding


UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£16,130 (2016/17)


Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance


Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Modern European Languages Scholarship

Based on academic merit

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

Your application

We use your qualifications, predicted grades and personal statement to assess your suitability for this programme. Your personal statement should explain your motivation for applying for this programme, what it is that interests you about the study of Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, and provide evidence of an interest in economics and business.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016


On the basis of our assessment of your application we will decide whether to make you an offer and invite you to an applicant open day (if you live in the UK).

The applicant open day will include introductory talks providing more information about SSEES, our language options, our facilities and your chosen degree. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions, and take a tour of UCL led by current students.

A level Mathematics or its equivalent is a requirement for this programme.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students