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.
- UCAS code
- 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- Applications per place
- 10 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 38 (2017 entry)*
- Mathematics 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
- 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:
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 Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA-AAB, including Mathematics.
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
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a twelve-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
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.
- 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.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies.
- 64% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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 modules 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 modules 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 take modules (in English) related to your degree and to develop an enhanced understanding of relevant country-level issues.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Applied Game Theory for Economics and Business
Contemporary Issues in International Business and Strategic Management
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introductory Statistical Methods
You will select 1.5 credits of optional modules from a wide range including:
Differential and Integral Calculus
Economic History and Thought
Elementary Mathematics I
Foundation Language module
Introduction to International Relations
Mathematics for Students of Economics, Statistics or Related Disciplines
Other Russian, History or east European modules available at UCL SSEES.
You will select at least 1.5 credits of modules from the following:
New Venture Creation
Topics in Microeconomics
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 modules.
Self-EvaluationYear Abroad Assignment
You will select 3.0 credits of optional modules from a wide range including:
Growth and Convergence
Health Economics and Policy
Industrial and Corporate Change
Topics in Financial Management I
Topics in International Management II
The Economics of Entrepreneurship and International Macroeconomics
or other modules available within UCL SSEES
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.
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 (2012-2014) of this programme include:
- Account Manager, M&C Saatchi
- Graduate Manager, L'Oreal
- Trainee Economist, Department of Health
- Corporate Analyst, HSBSC
- Research Analyst, Binani Group
*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 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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.
“I studied Russian and economics at A Level but did not want to study either of these subjects in silo. This programme gave me the best of both worlds as it enabled me to pursue my interest in the region from a social sciences perspective without losing the opportunity to take language modules and a year spent studying abroad. ”Neha Thakrar - Economics and Business with East European Studies with a Year Abroad BA (2012)
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.
- UK/EU students
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas students
- £16,130 (2016/17)
Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
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 2017
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