Politics, Security and Integration MA


This MA provides an opportunity to study political and social developments in post-communist Europe. Regions covered by the programme include Central and Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and most parts of the former Soviet Union. Students are able to tailor their degree according to their interests and background.


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?

The programme tackles issues such as democratisation, state-building, ethnicity and nationalism, European integration, and foreign policy and security through both theoretically-based and area-oriented courses. Students are able to either focus on one region or to study regions across the post-communist world through the range of courses offered.

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

  • Choose from a list including the following:
  • Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance
  • Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research
  • The Crisis Zone: Central Europe 1900-1990
  • Ethnopolitical Conflict in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Globalisation of Transition Economies
  • How to Read/Interpret Texts: Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
  • Nation, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Security, Identity, Polarity
  • The Politics of Transition
  • Russian Foreign Policy
  • Politics of Change in the Baltic States

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 and classes. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods: 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.

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 Politics, Security and Integration at graduate level
  • why you want to study Politics, Security and Integration 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

  • European Council on Foreign Relations, Programme Co-ordinator, 2011
  • NATO, Intern, 2010
  • Bank of Ireland, Graduate Manager, 2010
  • Parliament of Moldova, Foreign Affairs Office, 2010
  • Norwegian Director of Immigration, Senior Executive Officer, 2010

Employability

The range of modules offered allows students either to focus on one region or to study regions across the post-communist world. The MA opens up a range of opportunities and previous graduates from this programme, as with SSEES' other MA programmes, 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

W: 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