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This MA provides a unique range of options from the early modern period to the present, covering lands where mighty empires and many nations have interacted and competed over the centuries: the Russian Empire, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Habsburg Monarchy, the Ottoman Empire, the German Empire, and their successor states.

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.

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Degree Information

Students are encouraged to choose a range of courses that is as diverse in geography as it is varied in approach. The programme is especially rich in courses exploring the relationship between power and culture. Several methods courses are available, including Methods of area studies research (MASR).

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), a choice from a range of optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Module

  • Historical Methods and Approaches

Options

  • The Soviet Cultural Experiment I, 1917-1945
  • Isolate and Punish: Exile, Prison and Hard Labour in Russian Literature
  • Empires, Nationalism and Communism: States and Societies of Southeast Europe
  • Cultural Anthropology of South East Europe
  • The Crisis Zone: Central Europe 1900-1990
  • Cities in Eastern Europe
  • Beyond Stereotypes: The Jews in Polish Culture
  • Contemporary Cultural Studies: Between Post-Communism and Post-Modernism
  • Advanced Qualitative Skills
  • Methods of Area Studies Research (MASR) modules
  • <strong>Options may include the following:</strong><br />
  • The Self and the World: Theoretical Approaches to Travel Writing
  • Politics of Southeast Europe Since 1990
  • Fashion, Folly and the Fatherland in Polish Culture, 1764-1834
  • 'Metropolis': History of Berlin, 1871-1990
  • The Making of Modern Ukraine
  • Little Hitlers?: Right Radicalism in Central and Eastern Europe 1900-1945
  • How to Read/Interpret Texts: Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • History, Myth and Nation in South-Eastern Europe
  • Gender and Sexuality in Modern Russian Culture

Dissertation/report

All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, and self study. Student performance is assessed through examinations, essays, a portfolio of work (which includes annotated bibliography, bullet-point presentation, encyclopaedia-style entry, and book review), oral presentation, document analysis, and the 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 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 degree

  • UCL, PhD student, 2012,
  • People in Need, Programme Co-ordinator, 2010,
  • Incisive Media, Reporter, 2009,
  • Oxford University, Senior Library Assistant, 2011,
  • UK Parliament, MP's Researcher, 2009,

Employability

Students who have successfully completed this programme have moved into further academic research and doctoral studies, careers in teaching and careers in government, NGOs or the European Parliament. The regional specialism of this MA along with the opportunity to learn a language is attractive to employers. 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 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

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?

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have degrees in the study of the region; others have no acquaintance with Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. We welcome students with one or more of the area's languages, and encourage those without a language to take one up.

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 History (SSEES) at graduate level
  • why you want to study History (SSEES) 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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