The International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS) is an established two-year double degree Masters programme, taught in English and offered by a consortium of leading European universities headed by UCL - London`s research and teaching powerhouse and one of the top five universities worldwide (THES–QS 2009). IMESS draws on an unparalleled pool of resources to offer the definitive Masters course focusing on the economies, states and societies of Central and Eastern Europe.
The programme, recognised for its excellence by the European Uni0n`s Erasmus Mundus Programme, offers three distinct study tracks, reflecting the unique multidisciplinary expertise of the consortium institutions.
The study tracks are:
- Politics and Security
- Economics and Business*
- Nation, History and Society
The IMESS consortium
- University College London, UK
- Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
- Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
- Helsinki University, Finland
- University - Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
- Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
- University of Tartu, Estonia
Applications to IMESS
For entry in 2011 the Erasmus Mundus (EM) Scholarship deadlines are 17 December 2010 for Category A applications and 29 April 2011 for Category B applications. The final closing date for self-funded student applications is 29 April 2011. Applicants in the final stages of their undergraduate degree may apply but they must be able to present their transcript of marks by no later than 31 August of the relevant year of entry.
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. For IMESS admissions students must provide evidence of English proficiency - `good` level in accordance with UCL English Language Policy.
All applicants must complete the standard UCL graduate studies application form and include the additional required materials, paying particular attention to the guidelines below on how to complete the IMESS Supplementary Questionnaire. Failure to complete the IMESS Supplementary Questionniare will result in your application being discarded.
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Erasmus Mundus Scholarships
Erasmus Mundus (EM) scholarships are EU funded scholarships to support Category A and Category B students to study selected MA programmes, including IMESS. For entry in 2010 there will be 18-20 EM scholarships.
Category A scholarships can be awarded to students who come from a country other than an eligible applicant country (EU member-states and EEA-EFTA states) and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries. N.B.: students holding a Category A scholarship may not spend their second year in Russia.
Category A applicants satisfying the Erasmus Mundus criteria (Category A) are eligible to apply for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship of €24,000 per year (€48,000 in total). Scholarship holders must pay tuition fees to the IMESS consortium of €14,800 per year (€29,600 in total). These monies will be deducted from the scholarship and scholarship holders will receive a balance on a monthly basis. Recipients of Erasmus Mundus Scholarships (Category A), entering the IMESS programme in 2011, will be entitled to a partial fee waiver of €6,800 per year.
Category B scholarships can be awarded to any students who do not fulfil the Category A criteria defined above.
Category B applicants satisfying the Erasmus Mundus criteria (Category B) are eligible to apply for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship of €10,000 per year (€20,000 in total). Scholarship holders must pay tuition fees to the IMESS consortium of €6,250 per year (€12,500 in total) if they are EU citizens or €14,800 per year (€29,600 in total) if they are non-EU citizens. These monies will be deducted from the scholarship and scholarship holders will receive a balance on a monthly basis. Recipients of Erasmus Mundus Scholarships (Category B), entering the IMESS programme in 2011, will be entitled to a partial fee waiver of €2,250 per year (for EU citizens) or €6,800 per year (for non-EU citizens).
NB: applicants must not have received their last university degree from either of the two countries in which they will study as part of the IMESS programme. The scholarship therefore covers the fees, associated with attendance at two of Europe`s leading universities, but does NOT cover all of the costs associated with attending the Programme. Rather, participants will need some additional source of funding to cover the full costs associated with accommodation, food, travel and books. For example, in year one (all students are in London) it is estimated that the average living costs for a single graduate student for an academic year are approximately €12,000. Living costs in year 2 vary.
Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders will also benefit from the insurance provided through the IMESS consortium. Students may wish to top up this insurance with a supplementary private policy.
The next Erasmus Mundus Scholarship application deadline for IMESS is 17 December 2010. UCL Registry must have received your full application by no later than this date. Please note that students can only apply to a maximum of three Erasmus Mundus Programmes in any one year.
Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: `IMESS enquiry`
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