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.
Covid-19 programme updates
Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.
Fee deposit: Fee deposits for this programme are as follows: Overseas full time students £4,000; Overseas part time students £2,000.
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.
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.
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.
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About this degree
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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), plus a compulsory choice of four additional modules (30 credits), a selection of optional modules to the value of 30 credits, and a research dissertation (60 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Comparative Business Economics.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
60 credits of core modules:
- Quantitative Methods
- Advanced Quantitative Methods
- Political Economy of International Business
At least 30 credits must be taken from Optional A courses. (Corporate Governance; Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets; The Economics of Property Rights; Financial Development) Other options may include:
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets
- Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance
- Economic Development and Policies
- Financial Development
- Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
- International Macroeconomic Policy
- Public Choice-Private Interest
- The Economics of Property Rights
- Trade and FDI Policy with reference to Eastern Europe
- SSEES language course (subject to approval)
- Further information about these modules is available on the department website.
All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars. Students will be assessed by unseen written examinations, coursework and the research dissertation.
Each 15-credit module is equivalent to 150 hours of study and a 30 credit module equivalent to 300 hours of study. Contact hours may vary depending on module choices, but full-time students will approximately have 8-10 hours of contact hours each week during term time.
Detailed module information
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
With their specialist knowledge and language skills, SSEES graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academia.
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 Internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region as well as suite of leading events and research seminars complement your studies.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is one of the largest national centres in the UK, for the study of central, Eastern and south-east Europe and Russia.
Located in 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 unique specialist library and central London location provide an ideal environment for research, while our close contacts with employers, policymakers, embassies and alumni afford excellent opportunities for networking and career development.
What our students and staff say
"UCL is an energetic place that is clearly on an upward trajectory, bustling with original thinkers doing cutting-edge work and incredibly talented students from all over the world. Definitely the place to study and do research at the beginning of the 21st century."
Professor Jan Kubik
UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies
Application and next steps
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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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.
This programme is now full for 2020 entry and we are not accepting any more applications.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.
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