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Central and South-East European Studies MA

The Central and South-East European Studies MA is a multi-disciplinary programme that enables students to gain specialist knowledge and understanding of the complex culture, history, literature, politics and society of the region from Western Bohemia to Wallachia and from Mazuria to Macedonia.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

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.

English language requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

Degree Information

Students develop an advanced knowledge of Central and South-Eastern Europe from a multi-disciplinary perspective, focusing on aspects of history, politics and culture. They develop generic research skills, interdisciplinary and discipline specific research skills, area specific research skills and language skills oriented towards carrying out research in the region.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of a choice of one of three compulsory modules (30 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits). 90 credits can then be selected from a range of options across SSEES.

Core Modules

  • Theories of Social and Political Research
  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Historical Methods and Approaches
  • A choice of one of the following:

Options

  • Directed Reading Module
  • Politics of Change in the Baltic States
  • History, Myth and Nation in South-Eastern Europe
  • Cultural Anthropology of South-Eastern Europe
  • The Crisis Zone: Central Europe 1900-1990
  • Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research
  • Cities in Eastern Europe
  • Beyond Stereotypes: The Jews in Polish Culture
  • Bakhtin and Others: Alterity, Identity and Dialogue
  • Methods of Area Studies Research (MASR) modules
  • <strong>Options may include the following</strong>: </br>
  • Language Module
  • Walter Benjamin: Philosophy, Aesthetics, History, Politics
  • Visions of Power: Art and Rulership in Pre-Modern Russia
  • The Self and the World: Theoretical Approaches to Travel Writing
  • Security, Identity, Polarity
  • Politics of South East Europe since 1990
  • Nation, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe
  • 'Metropolis': History of Berlin, 1871-1990
  • How to Read/Interpret Texts: Introduction to Hermeneutics

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 and workshops. Students are assessed by a variety of methods: including unseen examinations, long essays, course work and the research dissertation.

Funding

AHRC Scholarships may be available.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

With their specialist knowledge and language skills, SSEES Master's graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academe.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Community Development Institute, Programme Assistant, 2012,
  • University of Belgrade, PhD student of Political Science, 2011,
  • Esimit Europa, Public Relations, 2011,
  • Freshminds, Research Analyst, 2011,
  • Wild Kat PR, Account Manager, 2012,

Employability

Students who have successfully completed this programme have progressed to further academic research on the region, or have obtained employment in such organisations as the European Parliament and the Ministry of Defence, as well as roles in business, think-tanks, NGOs, or similar, both in Britain and abroad. 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is one of the world's leading specialist institutions, 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.

Student / staff ratios › 70 staff › 200 taught students › 80 research students

Department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for both students with an undergraduate degree in Central and South-East European studies and those with little or no prior experience of the subject. It prepares students for further academic research or employment in business, think-tanks and National Government Organisations, both in Britain and abroad.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Central and South-East European Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Central and South-East European Studies 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.

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