The IMESS Programme
IMESS is a uniquely rich double degree Masters programme offering you the chance to study the economies, states and societies of Central and Eastern Europe over a two-year period across a consortium of powerful European universities coordinated by UCL – one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary universities.
The links below offer you a concise introduction to the important features of the degree and you can discover more about the detailed programme structure and about the 8 consortium partners and their role in IMESS.
- Why do IMESS?
Since the first edition of IMESS, in 2007, our students have come from academic backgrounds as diverse as their sixty plus countries. Some already have degrees in the study of our area. Others have degrees in specific disciplines but are less familiar with our region and some simply want the new and exciting challenge offered by a programme built for the 21st century.
In all cases IMESS has been shown to complement our students’ existing skills and to provide the perfect platform for a range of careers.
IMESS graduates – most of whom are connected through our alumni networks – are now working in institutions as diverse as the IMF, private financial institutions (such as HSBC, Nomura, Morgan Stanley), political risk agencies, national government diplomatic and civil services, NGOs, journalism, the energy sector and many too are also engaged in or have recently completed innovative doctoral work.
Indeed, the post-IMESS possibilities are almost as alluring as the programme itself, so come and join us by enrolling on this unrivalled, exciting and challenging programme.
- How to apply
- applications: 27 July 2018
- scholarship applications: 22 March 2018
Minimum Admission Requirements
You need to hold (or expect to obtain) an upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject area. If your Bachelors degree is in an unrelated subject, you must demonstrate their interest in IMESS through the supplementary questionnaire.
If your first language is not English, you must provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programme e.g. ‘good’ level in accordance with UCL English Language Policy.
Please complete the standard UCL graduate studies online application form and include the additional required materials, paying particular attention to the guidelines below on how to complete the IMESS Supplementary Questionnaire.
Please note that if you fail to complete the IMESS Supplementary Questionnaire, your application will be discarded.
When you apply online, please ensure that you properly upload the IMESS Supplementary Questionnaire (under ‘Research proposal’ on the online system), your degree transcript, proof of citizenship, English language certificate and IMESS scholarship application form (if appropriate). Incomplete applications will not be looked at.
If you are applying for the IMESS Scholarship, be sure to upload a scan of a signed scholarship application form form (including the scan of the information page of your passport) under ‘Additional document’ on the online system.
As UCL is the coordinating partner of the IMESS consortium, it is not necessary to apply to your preferred second year university as well. However, you must specify your study track, choice of second year university and language preferences for your application to be considered.
It is often the case that students applying to the IMESS Programme will not graduate (or take their English language exam) until after the application deadlines have passed. In this case, please provide your latest transcript when you apply. If your application is successful, you will be provided with an offer from UCL, conditional on graduating on time with the appropriate grade and language certificate.
- Summary of Programme
The International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS) is an established two-year double degree Masters programme, taught in English and offered by a consortium of leading European universities headed by UCL – London’s research and teaching powerhouse and one of the top five universities worldwide (THES–QS 2012).
The consortium also includes Associate Partners from the corporate sector (banks, businesses, libraries, NGOs etc) and besides academic excellence we emphasize the value of internship experience for our students.
The programme offers four distinct study tracks (Economics and Business, Politics and the International Economy, Politics and Security, and Nation, History and Society), reflecting the unique multidisciplinary expertise of the consortium institutions. Each student spends year 1 at UCL before progressing to one of the consortium partners in Central and Eastern Europe for the second year. Only after successfully completing both years of study can students be awarded a degree from either of the partner universities.
Following year one at UCL SSEES all students must spend year two at ONE of the following IMESS partner universities.
- The Languages of Eastern Europe
IMESS is very proud to offer an unparalleled range of training in the languages of Central and Eastern Europe. Whether you take language in both years of the programme or in just one year, we know from experience, that it will be an excellent investment in your future.
Knowledge of languages makes travelling to the region easier and more pleasurable. It allows you to gain more insight into the places you visit, and the people you meet there and will open doors to new research and career opportunities.
Indeed, as the countries of Central and Eastern Europe deepen their European and global integration, knowledge of the languages and cultures of Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Serbia can really make the difference in the job market, as well as in any further research you do.
You can learn lots more about our language courses on our dedicated pages.
- More about year 1 of the programme
You can find out much that you need to know about the first year of the IMESS programme from browsing these web pages but all of the main regulations and other important guidance on student life at UCL can be found in the UCL SSEES Postgraduate Handbook.
However, in addition to all of the detailed information found there, IMESS students benefit from a number of other innovative features that you would expect from a double degree programme. In the first year, non-native English speakers are offered a course in Academic English and perhaps more importantly there is a tailor-made ‘IMESS Careers Programme’ (based around special sessions on ‘Writing successful Applications and CVs’ , ‘Preparing for Assessment Centres’ and a departmental ‘Careers Evening’ at which many of the most significant employers are represented) as well as support in finding internships.
- More about Year 2 of the programme