Central and South-East European Studies MA


The Central and South-East European Studies MA is a multi-disciplinary programme that enables students to gain specialist knowledge and understanding of the complex culture, history, literature, politics and society of the region from Western Bohemia to Wallachia and from Mazuria to Macedonia.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students develop an advanced knowledge of Central and South-Eastern Europe from a multi-disciplinary perspective, focusing on aspects of history, politics and culture. They 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.

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.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of a choice of one of three compulsory modules (30 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits). 90 credits can then be selected from a range of options across SSEES.

Core Modules

  • A choice of one of the following:
  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Historical Methods and Approaches
  • Theories of Social and Political Research

Options

  • Options may include the following:
  • Methods of Area Studies Research (MASR) modules
  • Bakhtin and Others: Alterity, Identity and Dialogue
  • Beyond Stereotypes: The Jews in Polish Culture
  • Cities in Eastern Europe
  • Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research
  • The Crisis Zone: Central Europe 1900-1990
  • Cultural Anthropology of South-Eastern Europe
  • History, Myth and Nation in South-Eastern Europe
  • How to Read/Interpret Texts: Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • 'Metropolis': History of Berlin, 1871-1990
  • Nation, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Politics of Change in the Baltic States
  • Politics of South East Europe since 1990
  • Security, Identity, Polarity
  • The Self and the World: Theoretical Approaches to Travel Writing
  • Visions of Power: Art and Rulership in Pre-Modern Russia
  • Walter Benjamin: Philosophy, Aesthetics, History, Politics
  • Language Module
  • Directed Reading Module

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 and workshops. Students are assessed by a variety of methods: including unseen examinations, long essays, course work and the research dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


Funding

AHRC Scholarships may be available.

Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for both students with an undergraduate degree in Central and South-East European studies and those with little or no prior experience of the subject. It prepares students for further academic research or employment in business, think-tanks and National Government Organisations, both in Britain and abroad.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Central and South-East European Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Central and South-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
  • 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 Master's graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academe.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • European Parliament, PA Intern, 2010
  • University of Belgrade, PhD student of Political Science, 2011
  • Esimit Europa, Public Relations, 2011
  • Freshminds, Research Analyst, 2011

Employability

Students who have successfully completed this programme have progressed to further academic research on the region, or have obtained employment in such organisations as the European Parliament and the Ministry of Defence, as well as roles in business, think-tanks, NGOs, or similar, both in Britain and abroad. Networking is facilitated by two major collaborations led by SSEES: CEELBAS and the International Master's (IMESS). Scholarships, internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region provide further benefits.


Next steps

Contact

Miss Lilla Bettiol

T: +44 (0)20 7679 8810

Department

SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

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