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Tuition fees (2015/16)

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,350
  • UK/EU Part-time: £5,305
  • Overseas Full-time: £18,850
  • Overseas Part-time: £9,530

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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.

Please note that due to oversubscription, we have regrettably had to close applications early for 2015 entry. Applications for 2016 will open in Autumn 2015. 


What will I learn?

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.

Why should I 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.


Compulsory Business Economics Courses (90 credits)

SEESGS11 - Political Economy of International Business (30 credits)
SEESGX99 – CBE Dissertation, including  SEESGS40 - Dissertation Preparation Programme (60 credits)

Compulsory Research Methods Courses (30 credits)

SEESGS15 – Quantitative Methods (15 credits)
SEESGS46 – Advanced Quantitative Methods (15 credits)

Optional Courses A – Business and Finance (at least 30 credits)

SEESGS02 - Corporate Governance (15 credits)
SEESGS50 - Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets (15 credits)
SEESGS78 - The Economy of Property Rights (15 credits)
SEESGS51 - Financial Development (15 credits)

Optional Courses B - Other (30 credits)

Courses not already taken as ‘Business’ courses
SEESGS74 - Public Choice – Private Interest (15 credits)
SEESGS38 - Economics of Health and Population (15 credits)
SEESGS23 - Trade and FDI Policy with reference to Eastern Europe (15 credits)
SEESGS03 - Development Economics and Policy (15 credits)
SEESGS45 - Advanced Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
SEESGS65 - Energy, Technology and Innovation (15 credits)
SEESGS79 - International Macroeconomic Policy (30 credits)
SEESGS39 - Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies (15 credits)
SEESGS09 - Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance (30 credits)
SEESXXXX – 30 credit language course subject to approval (30 credits)
On approval of the Programme Coordinator up to 15 MA credits may be selected from another SSEES programme or another UCL Department.

The CBE programme consists of 180 credits in total. The new structure is subject to the approval of Joint Faculty Teaching Committee. 


Students on this degree are also required to regularly attend the SSEES Economics and Business series seminars. These form a vital part of the broader study and learning process and, though requiring attendance only, we know that those exposing themselves to more and varied academic thinking tend to do better in their MA assessments.


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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Please note that due to oversubscription, we have regrettably had to close applications early for 2015 entry. Applications for 2016 will open in Autumn 2015.

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.

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.


Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)- NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY

This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL 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 programme

  • 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.