• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
The International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS) at Charles University compares the economic, social and political systems of European, Baltics, Caucasus and Central Asia countries. The Master’s course has three specialisations: economics and business, politics and security and history and society and each year you will study at a different university in a European country.

About

The International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS) is a leading two-year double degree Master's programme in comparative area studies, which focuses on 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.

The first year of the programme is spent at the coordinating university, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College of London (UCL) – one of the top twenty global universities – with the second year spent at one of the leading universities from Eastern Europe Charles University (Czech Republic), Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary), Helsinki University (Finland), Jagiellonian University (Poland), University of Tartu (Estonia) and Higher School of Economics (Russia).

Programme Structure

The IMESS degree offers three distinct interdisciplinary study tracks, reflecting the unique multidisciplinary expertise of the IMESS partner institutions. Students enrol onto one of the study tracks and specialise, from beginner's level, in one of the partner institution languages. Additionally, for non-native English speakers a nine-week course in 'Academic writing in English' is included in the first semester at UCL. Each IMESS track combines compulsory language training, research methodology, specialist electives and a research dissertation carried out from the end of the first year.

The IMESS consortium

  • IMESS at University College London, UK
  • IMESS at the University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • IMESS at Charles University, Czech Republic
  • IMESS at Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
  • IMESS at Helsinki University, Finland
  • IMESS at Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
  • IMESS at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
  • IMESS at University of Tartu, Estonia

Country-specific course requirements

Students wishing to study on the 'Politics and Security' or 'Nation, History and Society' tracks in Moscow must take 'Theories of International Relations', 'Theory and Practice of Social Research' and EITHER 'Comparative Analysis in Social & Political Research' OR 'Quantitative Methods' OR 'Advanced Qualitative Methods' in their first year at UCL.

Students wishing to study at in Krakow must take European Civilisation and three further courses relating to the following six themes over the course of the two-year programme: Collective Identities, Financial Structures, EU Law, EU Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy of Central and Eastern Europe and Democracy. Two of these courses will have to be taken at in the first year at UCL. More detailed information about course choices will be made available if your application is successful.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • scholarship applications: 24th March 2017
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
    Economy & Business Track: Course structure

    Compulsory courses

    42 ECTS

    - dissertation (via JMMZ019 & JMMZ020)

    30 ECTS

    - methods

    12 ECTS

    Research method module

    12 ECTS

    Language module

    12 - 24 ECTS

    E & B Track Electives

    42 - 54 ECTS

    IMESS Electives

    0 - 12 ECTS

    Total

    120 ECTS

    Oral defence of M.A. dissertation

    Politics & the International Economy Track: Course structure

    Compulsory courses

    48 ECTS

    - dissertation (via JMMZ019 & JMMZ020)

    30 ECTS

    Research methods modules

    6 ECTS

    Language module

    12 - 24 ECTS

    P & IE Track Electives

    42 - 54 ECTS

    IMESS Electives

    0 - 12 ECTS

    Total

    120 ECTS

    Oral defence of dissertation

    Politics & Security Track: Course structure

    Compulsory courses

    42 ECTS

    - dissertation (via JMMZ019 & JMMZ020)

    30 ECTS

    Research method module

    12 ECTS

    Language module

    12 - 24 ECTS

    P & S Track Electives

    42 - 54 ECTS

    IMESS Electives

    0 - 12 ECTS

    Total

    120 ECTS

    Oral defence of dissertation

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

All applicants should hold (or expect to obtain) an upper second class honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject area. Where the Bachelors degree is in an unrelated subject, candidates must demonstrate their interest in IMESS through the supplementary questionnaire.

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programme. For IMESS admissions students must provide evidence of English proficiency - 'good' level in accordance with UCL English Language Policy.

English Language Qualifications Accepted by UCL for Graduate Study

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic

Standard level: Overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests.
Good level: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests.
Advanced level: Overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in is each of the subtests.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Internet based version

Standard level: Score of 92, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 23/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.
Good level: Score of 100, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 23/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.
Advanced level: Score of 109, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 23/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English

Standard level: Pass at grade C.
Good level: Pass at grade B.
Advanced level: Pass at grade B.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English

Standard level: Pass at grade B.
Good level: Pass at grade A.
Advanced level: Not acceptable.

Pitman Examination in International ESOL

Standard level: Pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL).
Good level: Pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL).
Advanced level: Not acceptable.

UCL Language Centre: Pre-Sessional English Language Courses and Graduate Preparatory Course

Standard level: Mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the subtests.
Good level: Mark of 70%, with at least 60% in each of the subtests.
Advanced level: Mark of 75%, with at least 70% in each of the subtests.

UCL Language Centre: Diploma in English for Academic Purposes with Academic Research Skills

Standard level: Overall mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests.
Good level: Overall mark of 70%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests.
Advanced level: Overall mark of 75%, with at least 70% in each of the four subtests.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    8900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8900 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Fee is valid for academic year spent at FSV UK. Information about tuition fees at UCL is available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/www.imess.eu

Living costs for Prague

13900 - 19500 CZK/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

see http://www.imess.eu/funding/

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