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.


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 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 a world-leading specialist institution, 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 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:


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?

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.

Some graduates advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Lund University, PhD student, 2010
  • People in Need, Programme Co-ordinator, 2010
  • Incisive Media, Reporter, 2009
  • Oxford University, Senior Library Assistant, 2011
  • UK Parliament, MP's Researcher, 2009

Employability

Students who have successfully completed this programme have moved into further academic research and doctoral studies, careers in teaching and careers in government, NGOs or the European Parliament. The regional specialism of this MA along with the opportunity to learn a language is attractive to employers. 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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Student View

"UCL offers access to the policy world and opportunities to get involved (often via paid work) in conferences, workshops and training courses run by the graduate school."

Imogen Wade

Degree: MPhil/PhD

Staff View

"I value the opportunity to see my own subject from very different perspectives in my exchanges with students and colleagues, whose standpoints are defined by their different experiences and approaches."

Professor Wendy Bracewell

Professor of Southeast European History