Master in Economy, State and Society

University of Helsinki

Program Description

Master in Economy, State and Society

University of Helsinki


Master in Economy, State and Society

All IMESS students enrol onto one of three disciplinary study tracks, spending the first year of the programme at UCL and the second in one of the top Central and Eastern European universities. After successfully completingbothyears of study, the students will be awarded adouble degree.

In addition to an unrivalled quantity and range of specialist elective modules each IMESS track combines: a shared interdisciplinary course, training in research methods, opportunities for language training and an extended (25,000 words) research dissertation.

This makes for a truly unique and exciting double degree programme

Why do IMESS?

Since the first edition of IMESS, in 2007, our students have come from academic backgrounds as diverse as their sixty plus countries. Some already have degrees in the study of our area. Others have degrees in specific disciplines but are less familiar with our region and some simply want the new and exciting challenge offered by a programme built for the 21stcentury.

In all cases IMESS has been shown to complement our students’ existing skills and to provide the perfect platform for a range of careers.

IMESS graduates – most of whom are connected through our alumni networks – are now working in institutions as diverse as the IMF, private financial institutions (such as HSBC, Nomura, Morgan Stanley), political risk agencies, national government diplomatic and civil services, NGOs, journalism, the energy sector and many too are also engaged in or have recently completed innovative doctoral work.

Indeed, the post-IMESS possibilities are almost as alluring as the programme itself, so come and join us by enrolling on this unrivalled, exciting and challenging programme.

The Languages of Eastern Europe

IMESS is very proud to offer an unparalleled range of training in the languages of Central and Eastern Europe. Whether you take language in both years of the programme or in just one year, we know from experience, that it will be an excellent investment in your future.

Knowledge of languages makes travelling to the region easier and more pleasurable. It allows you to gain more insight into the places you visit, and the people you meet there and will open doors to new research and career opportunities.

Indeed, as the countries of Central and Eastern Europe deepen their European and global integration, knowledge of the languages and cultures of Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Serbia can really make the difference in the job market, as well as in any further research you do.

Minimum Admission 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 e.g. ‘good’ level in accordance withUCL English Language Policy. Contact us for more information at

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  • English

Last updated June 2, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Aug. 2017
Finland Helsinki
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price - Erasmus Mundus programmes charge tuition