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Miss Natasha Clark

Email: maadmissions@ssees.ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 8810

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

AHRC Scholarships may be available.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

45% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

History (SSEES) MA

This MA provides a unique range of options from the early modern period to the present, covering lands where mighty empires and many nations have interacted and competed over the centuries: the Russian Empire, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Habsburg Monarchy, the Ottoman Empire, the German Empire, and their successor states.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students are encouraged to choose a range of courses that is as diverse in geography as it is varied in approach. The programme is especially rich in courses exploring the relationship between power and culture. Several methods courses are available, including Methods of area studies research (MASR).

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is one of the world's leading specialist institutions, and the largest national centre in the UK, for the study of Central, Eastern and South-East Europe and Russia.

Located on the edge of Bloomsbury, SSEES offers an ideal location for scholars. The British Library, British Museum, University of London Library and other similar research centres are all close by.

The SSEES Library is unequalled in Britain for the depth and breadth of its collections, the majority of which are on open access in the SSEES building.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), a choice from a range of optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Module

  • Historical Methods and Approaches

Options

  • Options may include the following:
  • Methods of Area Studies Research (MASR) modules
  • Advanced Qualitative Skills
  • Contemporary Cultural Studies: Between Post-Communism and Post-Modernism
  • Beyond Stereotypes: The Jews in Polish Culture
  • Cities in Eastern Europe
  • The Crisis Zone: Central Europe 1900-1990
  • Cultural Anthropology of South East Europe
  • Empires, Nationalism and Communism: States and Societies of Southeast Europe
  • Gender and Sexuality in Modern Russian Culture
  • History, Myth and Nation in South-Eastern Europe
  • How to Read/Interpret Texts: Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • Isolate and Punish: Exile, Prison and Hard Labour in Russian Literature
  • Little Hitlers?: Right Radicalism in Central and Eastern Europe 1900-1945
  • The Making of Modern Ukraine
  • 'Metropolis': History of Berlin, 1871-1990
  • Fashion, Folly and the Fatherland in Polish Culture, 1764-1834
  • Politics of Southeast Europe Since 1990
  • The Self and the World: Theoretical Approaches to Travel Writing
  • The Soviet Cultural Experiment I, 1917-1945

Dissertation/report

All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, and self study. Student performance is assessed through examinations, essays, a portfolio of work (which includes annotated bibliography, bullet-point presentation, encyclopaedia-style entry, and book review), oral presentation, document analysis, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with a good lower second-class Bachelor's degree (pass of 55% or better) or equivalent may also be considered on their individual merits.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have degrees in the study of the region; others have no acquaintance with Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. We welcome students with one or more of the area's languages, and encourage those without a language to take one up.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study History (SSEES) at graduate level
  • why you want to study History (SSEES) at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging and truly international academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

With their specialist knowledge and language skills, SSEES Masters graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academe.

Recent employer destinations include:

  • Independent Television News
  • The Financial Times
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • NATO
  • Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ)
  • Amnesty International
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • European Parliament
  • The Bank of England
  • The European Union
Some graduates advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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