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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
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.
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.
New Programme Structure for 2014-15
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)
|SEESXXXX – Quantitative Methods (15 credits)|
|SEESXXXX – 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)|
|SEESGSXX – Property Rights (15 credits)|
|SEESGS51 - Financial Development (15 credits)|
Optional Courses B - Other (30 credits)
|Courses not already taken as ‘Business’ courses|
|SEESXXXX – 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)|
|SEESxxxx – 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.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
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.
The deadline for applications is 31 July 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
Scholarships available for this department
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: www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships
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.