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Economy, State and Society: Politics and Security MA

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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 2 years

Tuition fees (2019/20)

UK/EU:
€TBC (FT)
Overseas:
€TBC (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 15 October 2018
Close: 26 July 2019
Scholarship applicants
Close: 24 March 2018

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. Fees for this programme are set by agreement with IMESS Management Board. The amounts will be confirmed, in Euros and in GBP, in October 2018. The fees will be payable to UCL in GBP.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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:

About this degree

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.

Students take modules to a total value of 120 ECTS, with 60 ECTS taken in year one at UCL and 60 ECTS taken in year two at their chosen institution.

Year one compulsory modules

  • Political Analysis (6 ECTS) AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
  • Understanding and Analysing Data (6 ECTS) OR Quantitative Methods (6 ECTS) OR Introduction to Discourse Analysis (6 ECTS)
  • Language*
  • *If not taken in year one, a Language module is compulsory in year two.

Optional modules include

36 ECTS or 48 ECTS if no language taken in year one

  • Anthropology, Politics, Intimacy
  • Baltic Politics and Society
  • Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research
  • Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance
  • Democracy and Authoritarianism in Post-communist Europe
  • Informal Practices in Post-communist societies
  • Interdisciplinary Area Studies
  • The Making of Modern Ukraine
  • Political Sociology
  • Post-Soviet Politics
  • Russian Foreign Policy
  • Russian Politics
  • Security, Identity, Polarity: The Contemporary Debates
  • Understanding 'Transitional Justice'
  • Migration in the European Union
  • Nations, Identity and Power

Year 2 modules will vary depending on second year destination choices. Please visit the IMESS website for further information. 

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project in their second year, which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 20,000–25,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and research supervision. Assessment is by written examination, coursework and dissertation; language courses involve an oral examination.

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.

Funding

IMESS Scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas applicants are available. For funding opportunities please visit the IMESS website

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

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. Other destinations include careers in diplomacy,  journalism, or in non-governmental organisations. Indeed, the scope of IMESS is broad and so too, correspondingly, are the post-IMESS possibilities.

Employability

Graduates of the programme have taken leadership positions in distinguished private and public sector organisations (including the IMF, EBRD, OSCE, NATO, United Nations, in risk control, banks and financial institutions, diplomacy and media, and the civil service) and many have also continued to doctoral studies. Scholarships, internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region provide further benefits.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The International Master's in Economy, State and Society a great programme 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 School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) and the second year 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 specialist library is unrivalled in the UK and our central London location provides an ideal environment for research. Our close contacts with employers, policymakers and alumni afford excellent opportunities for networking and career development.

Department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"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

Applications

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 no application fee for this programme.

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
26 July 2019
Scholarship applicants
24 March 2018

All applicants must complete the IMESS Supplementary Questionnaire which substitutes the personal statement. 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.


For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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