Identity, Culture and Power MA
This MA provides the opportunity to study the political and cultural power of identity (defined in terms of nation, ethnicity, gender or sexuality) through a range of contexts and perspectives. The programme adopts an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on politics, international relations, sociology, anthropology, literature, discourse, linguistics, film studies and history.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Students develop an interdisciplinary understanding of domestic socio-political and cultural issues and processes in Central and Eastern Europe, in the context of the legacies of the communist past and the ongoing integration into wider institutional frameworks. Methodology and research skills courses are offered, 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), optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
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, presentations, self-study and specialist language classes. Students are assessed by a variety of methods, including unseen examinations, long essays, course work and a dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
AHRC Scholarships may be available.
Scholarships available for this department
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.
For female prospective full-time Master's students in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. Successful applicants are normally required to hold or expect to achieve a UK first-class honours undergraduate degree or equivalent. This award is based on academic merit.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
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 suitable for students from a variety of backgrounds who wish to enhance their mastery of skills essential for social and cultural research, for either further doctoral study or a career in this field.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Identity, Culture and Power at graduate level
- why you want to study Identity, Culture and Power 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
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
- Institute of Democracy, Research Team Leader, 2011
- French Embassy in Prague, Product Manager, 2011
- Berlitz, Language Instructor, 2011
- Associated Press, Sub-editor, 2010
The MA opens up a range of opportunities and previous graduates from this programme have gone on to work in think-tanks, political parties, national, European and international private and public sector organisations and in media and non-governmental organisations as political analysts. Other graduates have progressed to further academic study. 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.
For queries relating to this programme, please contact:
Miss Natasha Clark
T: +44 (0)20 7679 8810
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"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
"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."
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