IMESS: International Masters in Economy, State & Society
Two years, two countries, one prestigious programme
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IMESS is the leading two-year programme in comparative area studies that helps you to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Baltics, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
You can choose between three tracks: Economics and Business, Politics and Security and Nation, History and Society. In addition to discipline-specific modules, all students follow a spine of interdisciplinary training and language tuition, and complete an extended research-based dissertation.
In your first year you will study at University College London (UCL) — the coordinating university listed among the top twenty global universities. You will spend your second year at one of these leading universities in 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
IMESS also involves a number of high-profile Associate Partners (banks, businesses, national libraries, NGOs) that will offer you opportunities for professional internships between the two years of study.
Our graduates have taken leadership positions in distinguished private and public sector organisations (including the IMF, EBRD, Risk Control, banks and financial institutions, diplomacy and media, civil service, self-employment) and many have continued with doctoral studies. Read about our student experiences here.