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This programme will equip you with transferable knowledge and skills in economics and business studies combined with an application of these disciplines to the east European region. You will have the opportunity to learn an east European language and to spend a year studying at a university in the region.
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 33 credits at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.
D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Mathematics.
AAA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), including Mathematics at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA, including Mathematics.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.
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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
You will spend your third year abroad, studying at a university in the region.
You will gain an insight into the theoretical, conceptual and analytical tools of social science and their application in understanding the processes of transition and transformation in Central and Eastern Europe.
This programme is taught by academics actively researching in the field, most of whom speak one or more of the languages of the region.
The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is the largest national centre in the UK for the study of Central, Eastern and South-East Europe and Russia. The SSEES Library contains over 400,000 books, journals and film resources.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
You will take compulsory modules in economics and business in years one and two, with a compulsory dissertation in your final year. In each of these years you will choose the remainder of your modules from options in economics, politics, sociology, international relations, mathematical and statistical methodology and language.
You have the opportunity to learn a SSEES language, with a view to spending your year abroad in a country of the region. Not only will you be able to make use of our excellent language teaching resources, but you will also have access to the foreign language resources of the SSEES Library.
Your third year is spent abroad studying at a university in the region. During your year abroad you will be expected to develop your language skills where appropriate, to take modules (in English) related to your degree and to develop an enhanced understanding of relevant country-level issues.
Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Economics and Business with East European Studies with a Year Abroad.
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.
You will select 45 credits of optional modules from a wide range which may include:
You may also select from other Russian, history or east European modules available at SSEES.
You will select at least 45 credits from a choice of:
You will select at least 30 credits from a choice which may include:
You will select a further 45 credits from a range of optional modules.
You will spend your third year abroad at a partner university in the region, including Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Russia.
You will select 90 credits of optional modules from a wide range which may include:
You may also select from other modules available within SSEES.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures and classes. In classes you will be expected to prepare presentations on selected topics, sometimes as an individual and sometimes as part of a group. These will be followed by class discussion. You will be set regular written work, including essays and exercises involving qualitative methods.
You will receive feedback from tutors on both your oral and written presentation skills to help develop your ability in these areas. Your assessment will be based on unseen written examinations, coursework and a dissertation. For the final-year dissertation you will have a supervisor to provide advice and guidance.
After graduating from this programme you will have transferable knowledge and skills in economics and business. You will also have expertise in a region where complex issues of political change, economic development and international relations are reshaping national and social expectations.
Career destinations of previous graduates include government service (in the UK and the EU), international agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), consultancy (economic, political risk, security, marketing), banking, financial services, law, media, teaching and the leisure sector, as well as further study.
UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.
“I studied Russian and economics at A Level but did not want to study either of these subjects in silo. This programme gave me the best of both worlds as it enabled me to pursue my interest in the region from a social sciences perspective without losing the opportunity to take language modules and a year spent studying abroad. ”Neha Thakrar - Economics and Business with East European Studies with a Year Abroad BA 2012
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below. Fees for the 2022/23 academic year will be advertised as soon as they are available.
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
In addition, please note that if you wish to study abroad during your programme at UCL, this is likely to incur additional costs. Studying abroad may cost between £200–£1,000 per month depending on where you choose to study. The cost of studying abroad can be difficult to predict as it will depend on your priorities and choices. There is more information available on the UCL Study Abroad website.
A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
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