Next Steps

Contact Information
Register your interest

Keep up to date with news from UCL and receive personalised email alerts.
Register your interest

Make an application

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

Key Information

Tuition Fees (2015/16)
£10,350 (FT) £5,305 (PT)
£18,850 (FT) £9,530 (PT)

Download e-Brochure

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 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


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 Economics 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 The Economics of Health and Population (15 credits)
SEESGS23 Trade and FDI Policy with reference to Eastern Europe (15 credits)
SEESGS80 Economic Development and Policies (15 credits)
SEESGS45 Advanced Qualitative Methods (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.

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:

How to apply

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

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 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 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)- NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY
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 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
  • Consultant, World Bank (2012)
  • Procurement Officer, Ministry of Justice (2011)
  • Investment Banking Analyst, Morgan Stanley (2011)
  • Electronic Trader, Bloomberg (2011)
  • Business Analyst, MTV (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.

Page last modified on 30 mar 15 16:02