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Economy, State and Society (IMESS)

24 months
19937 GBP/year
11202 GBP/year
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This Economy, State and Society (IMESS) degree is a full-time programme established in 2007, with the first year spent at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, and the second either at the Centre for European Studies/Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University in Kraków or at another partner university.


The International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS) from Jagiellonian University, recognised for its excellence by the European Union's Erasmus Mundus Programme, is a two-year double degree Master's programme, taught in English and offered by a consortium of leading European universities headed by the University College London - London's research and teaching powerhouse and one of the top five universities worldwide.

Students choose from a range of courses focusing on the economies, states and societies of Central and Eastern Europe. The consortium also includes Associate Partners from the corporate sector (banks, businesses, libraries, NGOs etc), and in addition to the academic excellence, we emphasize the value of internship experience for our students.

IMESS incorporates advanced training in methodology and research with specialized study tracks:

  • Politics and Security
  • Economics and Business
  • Nation, History and Society
  • Politics and International Economy

Each track combines specialist electives (economics, politics, society or history), research methods training (social sciences or humanities), and language tuition with an advanced research dissertation conducted during the latter part of the degree. The central objective of the programme is to enhance global understanding and awareness of the wider European region. As well as developing cultural and linguistic knowledge of both Eastern and Western Europe, participants acquire the skills to identify and critically analyse key factors shaping the economies, states and societies of the expanding European region.

Learning outcomes

All IMESS students will benefit from: the world-leading expertise of the staff delivering the course; innovation in syllabus and teaching; integrated dissertation supervision; the dynamism of the research environment; the opportunity to participate in conferences, seminars and workshops; an IMESS oriented careers development programme; training in Academic English as well as in a CEE language; the excellence of the consortium's institutional support structures; the programme's interactive virtual learning environment; and the IMESS Alumni Association.

The IMESS programme will thus provide an essential flow of European expertise necessary for responding to the diverse research and policy challenges of the twenty-first century.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • EU Administration, Justice and Home Affairs
  • EU Foreign and Security Policy
  • EU Institutions and the Decision-Making Process
  • Foreign and International Relations in CEE
  • European Integration Theory and Practice
  • Political and Social History of 20th Century CEE

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19937 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19937 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    11202 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11202 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Kraków

2000 - 3400 PLN /month
Living costs

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


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