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

Scholarship application submission deadline: 24. 03. 2024 (no separate application needed)

Application submission deadline: 05. 04. 2024

Please, follow the IMESS website for the most up-to-date information.

Basic Information

Programme Duration: 2 years

Language of Instruction: English

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

Programme Study Support: Mgr. Klára Kosová (


Tuition Fee: See the information on the official IMESS website here.

Scholarship: See the information on the official IMESS website here.

Requirements for Application: See the full list here.

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.