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£9,980 (FT)
£17,000 (FT)
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Economy, State and Society: Politics and Security MA (International)

The International Master's in Economy, State and Society is a unique, innovative, dynamic yet firmly established postgraduate programme offered by a consortium of leading European universities. It leads to the award of a highly prestigious double degree.


What will I learn?

The programme combines rigorous research methods training, discipline based and area studies training and intensive language tuition. Students develop cultural and linguistic knowledge of Eastern and Western Europe, and acquire the skills to identify and critically analyse key factors shaping the economies, states and societies of the expanding European region.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The International Master's in Economy, State and Society is fast becoming the programme of choice for students with a serious interest in the economies, states and societies of the wider European region.

Students benefit from an integrated study programme, with the first year spent at UCL SSEES and the second at one of the partner universities in the Czech Republic (Prague), Estonia (Tartu), Finland (Helsinki), Hungary (Budapest), Poland (Kraków), Serbia (Belgrade) and Russia (Moscow).

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


Year 1: 60 European Credit Transfer System at UCL

Core modules: 24 ECTS

COMPULSORY: Political Analysis (12)
Understanding and Analysing Data (6) OR Quantitative Methods
Comparative Analysis in Social-Political Research (6)
Qualitative Methods (6)
Advanced Quantitative Methods (6)

Language: 0 or 12 ECTS

Czech, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Russian or Serbian
If no language taken in year 1, compulsory in year 2.

Thematic modules: 24 ECTS (36 if no language taken)

Nations, identity and power in Central and Eastern Europe (6 ECTS)
Ethno-political conflict in Central and Eastern Europe (6 ECTS)
Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies (6 ECTS)
Security, Identity, Polarity: The Contemporary Debates (12 ECTS)
Baltic Politics and Society (6 ECTS)
Governance and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe (6 ECTS)
Russian Politics (12 ECTS)
Russian Foreign Policy (12 ECTS)
Politics of South-Eastern Europe (6 ECTS)
Corruption and Governance (12 ECTS)
Empires, Nationalism and Communism: States and Societies of South-Eastern Europe (6 ECTS)
The Economics of Health and Population (6 ECTS)
Sexuality and Society in Russia and Eastern Europe  (6 ECTS)
Sociology of Religion (6 ECTS)
Note: the list of modules is indicative
One elective (max 6 ECTS) may be taken from another IMESS track

Common programme for all three tracks:

Research Skills for Area Studies (0 ECTS)
Dissertation Preparation (0 ECTS)
Optional: Academic English for writing (0 ECTS)
Country-specific course requirements: Students on ‘Politics and Security’ track in HSE, Moscow must take in their first year at UCL: (a) Theories of International Relations, (b) Theories of Social and Political Research and (c) ONE of the following: Advanced Qualitative Methods OR Comparative Analysis in Social & Political Research OR Understanding and Analysing Data. Students doing their year 2 in Krakow must take ‘European Civilisation’ and three further courses relating to the following six themes over the course of the two-year programme: Collective Identities, Financial Structures, EU Law, EU Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy of Central and Eastern Europe, and Democracy. (Two of these courses must be taken in the first year at UCL).

Year 2 60 ECTS

At University of Belgrade, Corvinus University (Budapest), Jagiellonian University (Cracow), University of Helsinki, Higher School of Economics (Moscow), Charles University (Prague) or University of Tartu

Compulsory Modules

Dissertation: 30 ECTS*

* 40 in University of Helsinki

Compulsory module at HSE (Moscow): Internship (3 ECTS)

Optional Modules

18 ECTS if language taken in year 2*

* 8 in University of Helsinki, 12 in HSE (Moscow)

30 ECTS if no language taken in year 2**

** 20 in University of Helsinki, 24 in HSE (Moscow)



Entry Requirements

Normally an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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?

This programme is designed to attract and challenge the brightest European Union and international students as well as professionals wishing to retrain to acquire European expertise and meet the challenges of the changing global environment. Evidence of English language ability is essential but there are no other language pre-requisites.

Application deadlines
All applicants
31 July 2015
Scholarship applicants
27 March 2015

Applicants in the final stages of their undergraduate degree may apply but must present their transcript of marks no later than 31 August for the year of entry.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Economy, State and Society at graduate level
  • why you want to study Economy, State and Society 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.



IMESS Scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas applicants are available. Further information can be found on the IMESS website ( For funding opportunities please visit the IMESS website

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



Graduates of this programme are qualified to progress to doctoral research in the European area; others may advance to careers in governmental or international organisations, and may specialise in finance, commerce, analysis or consultancy. Others still may seek a career in diplomacy, or in journalism, or in non-governmental organisations. Indeed, the scope of IMESS is broad and so too, correspondingly, are the post-IMESS possibilities.

Top career destinations for this programme
  • Policy Officer, Regional Government of Spain (2011)
  • Military Personnel, Ministry of Defence (2010)
  • Assistant Programme Manager, Mae Fah Luang Foundation (2010)
  • Policy Assistant, British Civil Service (2012)
  • Project Manager, Balcon (2012)

Graduates of the programme have taken leadership positions in distinguished private and public sector organisations (including in the IMF, EBRD, Risk Control, banks and financial institutions, diplomacy and media, civil service, self-employment) and many have also continued on into doctoral studies Read some of our student testimonials here. Scholarships, internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region provide further benefits.

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