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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. 

Politics, Security and Integration MA

This MA provides an opportunity to study political and social developments in post-communist Europe. Regions covered by the programme include Central and Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and most parts of the former Soviet Union. Students are able to tailor their degree according to their interests and background.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme tackles issues such as democratisation, state-building, ethnicity and nationalism, European integration, and foreign policy and security through both theoretically-based and area-oriented courses. Students are able to either focus on one region or to study regions across the post-communist world through the range of courses offered.

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), optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Module

  • Theories of Social and Political Research

Options

  • Choose from a list including the following:
  • Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance
  • Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research
  • The Crisis Zone: Central Europe 1900-1990
  • Ethnopolitical Conflict in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Globalisation of Transition Economies
  • How to Read/Interpret Texts: Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
  • Nation, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Security, Identity, Polarity
  • The Politics of Transition
  • Russian Foreign Policy
  • Politics of Change in the Baltic States

Dissertation/report

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

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, workshops and classes. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods: unseen examinations, long essays, course work and the research 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 Politics, Security and Integration at graduate level
  • why you want to study Politics, Security and Integration 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
  • Chase Manhattan
  • 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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