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Contact details

Miss Natasha Clark

Email: maadmissions@ssees.ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 8810

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£6,000 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

Funding opportunities include: AHRC Block Grant Partnership Award, Foundation Research Scholarship (£15,000 p.a. - three years), Victor and Rita Swoboda Memorial Scholarship (v8,000 p.a.).

Overseas research students may apply for an ORS award.

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. 

East European Studies MRes

The East European Studies MRes provides area-specific, language-oriented, advanced research training in the methodologies and approaches of economics, politics, sociology, history, culture and literature. The MRes offers two pathways, Social Science and Humanities, enabling students to tailor the programme to suit their own experience and interests.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop generic research skills, interdisciplinary and discipline specific research skills, area specific research skills and language skills oriented towards carrying out research in the region. The programme produces multidisciplinary researchers specialised in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, with language proficiency and cultural, historical and institutional awareness.

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.

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.

The rigorous exams we set for our language courses mean that potential employers or prospective PhD supervisors will know that our graduates can work effectively with the languages they have studied.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 330 credits. 150 credits are take in year one and 180 in year two. Two pathways are available: Social Sciences, and Arts & Humanities. The first year of the programme consists of core modules (120 credits), and electives (30 credits), and the second year consists of core modules (45 credits), dissertation (105 credits) and electives (30 credits).

Core Modules

  • Year one:
  • Beginners' New Language
  • Interdisciplinary Area Studies I
  • Year two:
  • Intermediate Language
  • Interdisciplinary Area Studies II


  • Social Science Pathway
  • A choice of 75 credits from:
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Theories of Social and Political Research
  • Comparative Methods
  • Arts & Humanities Pathway
  • A choice of 75 credits from:
  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Historical Methods and Approaches
  • Theories of Social and Political Research
  • Understanding Data
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Comparative Methods
  • Contemporary Cultural Studies
  • Plus
  • Both pathways take electives in years one and two.


All MRes students undertake an independent research project in the second year which culminates in a dissertation of 16,000-20,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, language classes and laboratory sessions. Students will be assessed by unseen and written examinations, coursework assignments, essays 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.

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

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?

The programme is suitable for students who wish to gain advanced research training in the language, culture and institutions of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. It provides an ideal foundation for a PhD degree, and a research career in both public and private sector organisations.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study East European Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study East European Studies 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
  • about your research interests and 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.


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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