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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

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£9,840 (FT) £4,970 (PT)
£20,540 (FT) £10,430 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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. In exceptional cases we may accept applicants with grades below the prerequisite. However, you will need to put forward a strong case. All such cases must be granted by the Dean of Students, so even if we support your application, we cannot guarantee your place. In the case of mature students, there may be slightly more leeway to account for changes in qualifications, but all such offers are still ultimately decided upon outside of the department.

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 are encouraged to choose from modules which are as diverse in geography as they are varied in approach. The programme is especially rich in courses exploring the relationship between power and culture. Several methods modules 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

Optional modules

  • Qualitative Methods
  • Contemporary Cultural Studies: Between Post-Communism and Post-Modernism
  • Beyond Stereotypes: The Jews in Polish Culture
  • Cities in Eastern Europe
  • The Crisis Zone: Central Europe 1900-1990
  • Empires, Nationalism and Communism: States and Societies of South-East Europe
  • Religion in South-Eastern Europe: From the Age of Empires to Post-Communism
  • Little Hitlers?: Right Radicalism in Central and Eastern Europe 1900-1945
  • The Making of Modern Ukraine
  • 'Metropolis': History of Berlin, 1871-1990
  • The Self and the World: Theoretical Approaches to Travel Writing
  • The Soviet Cultural Experiment I, 1917-1945


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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: History (SSEES) MA


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS) - NOW CLOSED FOR 2016/17

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

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


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

  • Intern, Houses of Parliament
  • Equity Analyst, Charlemagne Capital
  • Press and Public Information Office Intern, OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe)
  • PhD Russian History, University College London (UCL)


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.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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 in 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.

Department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

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

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies
79% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"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 view

"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?

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
28 July 2017

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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