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

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£6,575 (FT) £N/A (PT)
£17,190 (FT) £N/A (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

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 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.

International students

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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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 over two years. 150 credits are taken in year one and 180 in year wo. Two pathways are available: Social Sciences, and Arts and Humanities.

The first year of the programme consists of a core language module (30 credits), optional modules (75 credits) and electives (30 credits). The second year consists of core modules (45 credits), electives (30 credits) and dissertation (105 credits).

Core Modules

  • Year One:
  • Beginner's New Language MA module offered at SSEES
  • Year Two:
  • Intermediate Language MA module offered at SSEES
  • Interdisciplinary Area Studies II

Optional Modules

  • Social Science Pathway Year One
  • A choice of 75 credits from:
  • Quantitative Methods (15)
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)
  • Qualitative Methods (15)
  • Theories of Social and Political Research (30)
  • Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research (15)
  • Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research (15)
  • Arts & Humanities Pathway Year One
  • A choice of 75 credits from:
  • Historical Methods and Approaches (30)
  • Theories of Social and Political Research (30)
  • Understanding and Analysing Data (15)
  • Qualitative Methods (15)
  • Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research (15)
  • Contemporary Cultural Studies
  • Plus
  • Both pathways take electives in years one and two.


All MRes students undertake an independent research project in the second year which culminates in a dissertation of 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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site East European Studies MRes


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.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)- NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY

Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


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

  • Social Researcher, NHS Homerton University Hospital (2013)
  • Research Assistant, Oxford University (2011)
  • English Teacher, London School of English (2011)
  • Research Associate, London School of Economics (2011)


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

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.
Teaching Fellow, School of Slavonic & East European Studies
Staff review

"UCL SSEES is a leading centre nationally and internationally for research and teaching in the field of Russian cinema, and the UCL SSEES Library has the largest holdings outside Russia of Russian film material (feature films, documentaries, newsreels, books, journals and databases). My current research focuses on early Russian cinema and in particular on both the representation of gender and the development of a specifically cinematic language in films made during the period 1908 to 1918."

Dr Rachel Morley

Russian Studies MA, East European Studies MRes
UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies
Staff review

"UCL is an energetic place that is clearly on an upward trajectory, bustling with original thinkers doing cutting-edge work and incredibly talented students from all over the world. Definitely the place to study and do research at the beginning of the 21st century."

Professor Jan Kubik

UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies

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.

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
29 July 2016

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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