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

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 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).

Core Module

  • Theories of Social and Political Research

Options

  • Options may include the following:
  • 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 East Europe
  • Empires, Nationalism and Communism: States and Societies of Southeast Europe
  • Ethno-Political Conflict in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Gender and Sexuality in Modern Russian Culture
  • History, Myth and Nation in South-Eastern Europe
  • How to Read/Interpret Texts: Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • 'Metropolis': History of Berlin, 1871-1990
  • Politics of Southeast Europe Since 1990
  • Other MA modules from SSEES or other UCL Master's programmes

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, 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:


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 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
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

  • Institute of Democracy, Research Team Leader, 2011
  • French Embassy in Prague, Product Manager, 2011
  • Berlitz, Language Instructor, 2011
  • Associated Press, Sub-editor, 2010

Employability

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.


Next steps

Contact

Miss Lilla Bettiol

T: +44 (0)20 7679 8810

Department

SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

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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

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