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The East European Studies MRes provides area-specific, language-oriented, advanced research training in the methodologies and approaches of economics, politics, sociology, history, culture and literature. The MRes offers two pathways, Social Science and Arts & Humanities, enabling students to tailor the programme to suit their own experience and interests.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£6,385 (FT)
Overseas:
£16,690 (FT)

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.

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 generic research skills, interdisciplinary and discipline specific research skills, area specific research skills and language skills oriented towards carrying out research in the region. The programme produces multidisciplinary researchers specialised in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, with language proficiency and cultural, historical and institutional awareness.

Students undertake modules to the value of 330 credits. 150 credits are taken in year one and 180 in Year Two. Two pathways are available: Social Sciences, and Arts & Humanities.

The first year of the programme consists of core modules (120 credits), and electives (30 credits), and the second year consists of core modules (45 credits), dissertation (105 credits) and electives (30 credits).

Core Modules

  • Interdisciplinary Area Studies II
  • Year Two:
  • Intermediate Language
  • Beginners' New Language
  • Interdisciplinary Area Studies I
  • Year One:

Pathways

  • Understanding Data
  • A choice of 75 credits from:
  • <strong>Arts & Humanities Pathway</strong>
  • Comparative Methods
  • Theories of Social and Political Research
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • A choice of 75 credits from:
  • <strong>Social Science Pathway</strong>
  • Both pathways take electives in years one and two.
  • <strong>Plus</strong>
  • Contemporary Cultural Studies
  • Comparative Methods
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Theories of Social and Political Research
  • Historical Methods and Approaches
  • Literary and Cultural Theory

Dissertation/report

All MRes students undertake an independent research project in the second year which culminates in a dissertation of 16,000-20,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

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

Funding

Funding opportunities include: AHRC Block Grant Partnership Award, Foundation Research Scholarship (£15,000 p.a. - three years), Victor and Rita Swoboda Memorial Scholarship (v8,000 p.a.).

Overseas research students may apply for an ORS award.
Up to five tuition fee studentships are available to prospective Home/EU MRes students at UCL's School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

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

  • UCL, MPhil in Political Science, 2010,
  • GHK, Consultant, 2010,
  • Oxford University, Research Assistant, 2011,
  • London School of English, English Teacher, 2011,
  • London School of Economics, Research Associate, 2011,

Employability

Graduates of the programme will possess the attributes to complete a PhD within three years or to enter the labour market directly with advanced analytical and research skills, regional expertise and proficiency in a language of the area. The rigorous exams we set for our language courses mean that potential employers or prospective PhD supervisors will know that our graduates can work effectively with the languages they have studied.

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 a world-leading specialist institution, and the largest national centre in the UK, for the study of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe and Russia.

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

Degree reviews

Staff review

"UCL SSEES has a great team of researchers and lecturers in Eastern and Central European languages and cultures. It makes UCL a desirable place for investigating the so-called “Other” Europe. SSEES also has one of the best libraries that specialises in Eastern Europe."

Dr Urszula Chowaniec

Subject: As a teacher in Polish Language and Culture I have the opportunity to contribute nearly to any graduate programme connected to Polish culture/politics/literature and language. Mainly, Literature and Culture of Eastern Europe, History, Eastern European Politics.

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 suitable for students who wish to gain advanced research training in the language, culture and institutions of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. It provides an ideal foundation for a PhD degree, and a research career in both public and private sector organisations.

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 East European Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study 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
  • 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.

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