IMESS: International Masters in Economy, State & Society
Two years, two countries, scholarships available
Scholarship applications for 2014 welcome until 22 April 2014
(click here for more information).
New: Academic Excellence Bursaries available based on year 1 results in 2014/15
(click here for more information)
The International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS) is the leading two-year programme in comparative area studies developing in-depth knowledge and understanding of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Baltics, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
IMESS offers three discipline-based tracks Economics and Business, Politics and Security and Nation, History and Society and includes a spine of interdisciplinary training and language tuition, leading to an extended research-based dissertation.
Full programme details here.
The first year of the programme is spent at the coordinating university, University College London (UCL) — one of the top twenty global universities — with the second year spent at one of the leading universities from Eastern Europe:
- Belgrade University,
- Charles University, Prague,
- Corvinus University, Budapest,
- University of Helsinki,
- National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow,
- Jagiellonian University, Krakow,
- Tartu University.
The programme benefits from the involvement of high-profile Associate Partners from the professional sector (banks, businesses, national libraries, NGOs) offering the opportunity to apply for a mid-programme professional internship.
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.