The IMESS programme, recognised for its excellence by the European Union's Erasmus Mundus Programme, offers three distinct interdisciplinary study tracks, reflecting the unique multidisciplinary expertise of the consortium institutions. The study tracks are:
* Economics and Business
* Politics and Security
* Nation, History and Society
Students enrol onto one of the study tracks and specialise, from beginners level, in one of the partner institution languages.
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.
IMESS is creating a pool of expertise for conducting advanced research for public or private sector organisations and is fast becoming the programme of choice for students with a serious interest in the economies, states and societies of the wider European region.
Each IMESS track combines compulsory language training, research methodology, specialist electives and an extended research thesis carried out from the end of the first year. The very best research dissertations will be published in Slovo - the post-graduate pubication of the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.
The Economics and Business Track examines the economic challenges facing the Central and Eastern European region as it seeks to integrate into the globalising, knowledge-based economy. Students on this track may study options ranging from economic integration and optimal currency area theory, to health and development, to industrial change and corporate governance.
The Politics and Security track examines the communist system in Central and Eastern Europe, the main political and security aspects of the post-communist transition and the integration of the post-communist states into the European political and security structures. Students on this track may study options ranging from the politics of transition and security theory, to foreign policy and diplomacy, to human rights and public policy.
The Nation, History and Society track examines national and social traditions in Central and Eastern Europe and measures the impact of the collapse of communism on social structures and inter-ethnic relations. Students on this track are also able to explore in more depth the complexities of contemporary Central and East European politics and society from a cultural and historical perspective, analysing how the past shapes the present-day societies, governments and nations of the region and how this complex picture is reflected in and shaped by various cultural practices.
Further Programme details can be found on the IMESS Programme website:
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.