Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 5 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
- £16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)
A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree, and usually a Master’s degree in a relevant subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students intending to seek Research Council funding are required to undertake a Master’s degree first.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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Recent or on-going SSEES doctoral projects include:
Economics and Business
- Competition and Entrepreneurship as Engines of Growth
- Economics of Health Behaviours in the Russian Federation
- Being European: Russian Travel Writing and the Balkans, 1804–1877
- Being without a State: the Thought of Petr Kropotkin between Statehood and Statelessness
Languages and Culture
- Cinematic Bordelands: Ukrainian Poetic Cinema and the ‘Experiential Ethnographic Modality’
- The Portrayal of Female Sexual Desire in 20th-century Czech Literature
Politics and Sociology
- Electoral Performance of Popularist Radical Right Parties
- Gender in the Croatian Nationalist Struggle
AHRC and ESRC Scholarships for MA, MRes and PhD study and IMESS Studentships are available.
The SSEES Foundation Scholarship for PhD study is awarded annually. The Victor and Rita Swoboda Memorial Fund Scholarship supports a PhD in any discipline within Ukrainian Studies.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- £700 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- £15,000 (3 years)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
- UK/EU fees (2-3 years)
- UK, EU students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
SSEES graduates have found employment in academic posts, as lecturers, teaching fellows and post-doctoral researchers at leading UK and overseas universities, as well as in research and consultancy roles for public, private and third-sector organisations, including think tanks, government departments, interpreting and publishing groups and market research and business intelligence companies
Top career destinations for this degree
- Assistant to Director of Finance Operations, Company Watch Limited (2010)
- Senior Researcher in National Offender Management Service, UK Government (2009)
- Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Erfurt, Germany (2009)
- Research Assistant, Strategy, Policy and Review Department, International Monetary Fund (2010)
- Lecturer, University of Toronto (2009)
SSEES graduates have a unique range of expertise, grounded in advanced methodological training in their chosen discipline and applied to the area studies context. This hybrid profile, which can also include knowledge of one or more languages, is highly sought after by employers as it offers expertise which is intellectually rigorous as well as empirically relevant.
SSEES scholars have developed strong links with a range of institutions in London, including the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), Roubini Global Economics, NGOs such as Health Prom, Amnesty International and others through the BEARR Trust, Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), as well as with the European Commission. SSEES also cultivates connections with the London embassies of the region, which regularly co-sponsor roundtables and lectures by leading international figures relevant to our area interests.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Student / staff ratios › 70 staff › 200 taught students › 80 research students
"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 BracewellSlavonic and East European Studies MPhil/PhD
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."
Imogen WadeSSEES MPhil/PhD
"SSEES is the leading institution focused on studying Eastern and Central Europe in the UK and Europe and its specialist library and collections are unmatched. I was also particularly drawn by the supervisor."
Bartley RockSSEES MPhil/PhD
Application and next steps
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.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now