The Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe MRes


The Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe MRes is a research training degree in methods and approaches for studying politics, economics and society in post-communist Europe (including Russia and other post-Soviet states). The MRes is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council and forms part of our 1+3 programme.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,200

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students gain a robust multi-disciplinary foundation in social science research methods and an introduction to approaches in cultural and historical studies. They develop generic research skills, interdisciplinary and discipline specific research skills, area specific research skills and language skills oriented towards carrying out research in Eastern Europe.

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 four core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Theories in Social and Political Research

Options

  • One module selected from the social science programmes available

Dissertation/report

All MRes students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000-18,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, classes and laboratory sessions. Students will be assessed by unseen and written examinations, coursework assignments, essays and the research dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


Funding

ESRC funding may be available for UK residents and EU nationals accepted onto the 1+3 programme. The deadline for receipt of application is the 1 May for the year of entry.

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?

The programme is intended primarily for applicants planning to do a PhD or MPhil or make a professional career in research, who already have a good knowledge of one or more of the languages of the region as well as some background in the social sciences.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study the Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe at graduate level
  • why you want to study the Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe 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
  • about your research interests and 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

  • UCL, PhD student (Politics and Migration), 2010

Employability

The MRes is intended primarily for applicants planning to do a PhD or MPhil or make a professional career in research and who already have some background in the social sciences. Students requiring to learn a language for their proposed research should consider the two-year MRes in East European Studies programme which provides broad interdisciplinary training and language tuition.


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