International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS)

International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS)

IMESS is a leading double degree programme in comparative area studies. It focuses on developing in-depth knowledge and understanding of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Baltics, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The first year of the programme is organised at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London (UCL) – one of the world's leading multidisciplinary universities. For the second year of study, students may choose one of the leading universities from Eastern Europe: Charles University, Czechia; Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary; Helsinki University, Finland; Jagiellonian University, Poland; University of Tartu,  Estonia; University of Belgrade, Serbia; and Higher School of Economics, Russia.

IMESS offers four different discipline-based tracks of study: Economics and Business; Politics and Security; Politics and the International Economy; and History and Society. The spine of the programme consists of interdisciplinary training and language tuition and is completed with a research-based dissertation. Graduates typically assume leadership positions in distinguished private and public sector organisations (including, e.g. IMF, EBRD), banks and financial institutions, diplomacy and media.

Application submission deadlines

The applications to the scholarship competition are now closed.

Application submission deadline: 24. 07. 2020

Basic Information

Programme Duration: 2 years

Language of Instruction: English

Academic Supervisor and Programme Coordinator: doc. PhDr. Jiří Vykoukal, CSc. (

Admission Administration:

Tuition Fee: 11 620 EUR per the first year at UCL for students from the EU (including EEA-EFTA)
                      20 680 EUR per the first year at UCL for students from other countries
                      8 900 EUR per the second year at Charles University

Scholarship: All applicants applying for an IMESS programme will be automatically considered for the IMESS Scholarship on condition that applications are received before March 27, 2020. For detailed information, see the IMESS website here.

Documents for Application: See the instruction via online application above.

Study Prerequisites: The programme is open to students who have completed a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a related programme study.

Programme Structure: For the programme structure, see the programme website above. For the course structure of Prague's programme, see the programme guidebook Karolinka.