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Tuition fees (2015/16)

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,350
  • UK/EU Part-time: £5,305
  • Overseas Full-time: £17,250
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,755

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Comparative Economics and Policy MA

Our Comparative Economics and Policy MA is an applied, policy-oriented programme reflecting SSEES's leading-edge expertise in Comparative Economics. The programme is centred around the economics and economic policy of emerging markets, viewed through the prism of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, but relevant to the emerging economies and societies of South and South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa as well as Latin America.


What will I learn?

The programme focuses on the development experiences of the 28 nations that have emerged from the former Soviet bloc in Europe and Asia. Students analyse the impact of institutional reforms on diverse outcomes, including economic performance, socioeconomic development, financial integration, democratisation, innovation and entrepreneurship, and internationalisation.

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 Economic Policy Courses (90 credits)

SEESGSXX  – International Macroeconomic Policy (30 credits)
SEESGS99 – CE&P 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 - Policy (at least 30 credits)

SEESGSXX – 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)

Optional Courses - Other (30 credits)

Courses not already taken as ‘Policy’ courses
SEESGS51 - Financial Development (15 credits)
SEESGS02 - Corporate Governance (15 credits)
SEESGSXX – Property Rights (15 credits)
SEESGS50 - Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets (15 credits)
SEESGS39 - Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies (15 credits)
SEESGS11 - Political Economy of International Business (30 credits)
SEESGS45 - Advanced Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
SEESGS09 - Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance (30 credits)
SEESGS65 - Energy, Technology and Innovation (15 credits)
SEESXXXX – 30 credit language course subject to approval (30 credits)
On approval of the Programme Co-ordinator up to 15 MA credits may be selected from another SSEES course or other UCL Departments.
The 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 minimum 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

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 who wish to develop the skills necessary for further research or a career in this field. Graduates have gone on to work in think tanks, political parties, national, European and international organisations, the media and non-governmental organisations as economic and political analysts.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Comparative Economics and Policy at graduate level
  • why you want to study Comparative Economics and Policy 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.



AHRC Scholarships may be available.

Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

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 Master's graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academe.


The MA opens up a range of opportunities and we expect that graduates from this programme will go on to work in think-tanks, political parties, national, European and international private and public sector organisations and in media and non-governmental organisations as economic and political analysts. Similarly, we hope others will go on to doctoral studies. 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.