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
- 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?
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).
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:
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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."