The Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe MRes is a research training degree in methods and approaches for studying politics, economics and society in post-communist Europe including Russia and other post-Soviet states. The MRes is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council and forms part of our one- and three-year programmes.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £6,980 (FT)
- £19,580 (FT)
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.
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.
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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About this degree
Students gain a robust multidisciplinary foundation in social science research methods and an introduction to approaches in cultural and historical studies. They develop interdisciplinary and discipline-specific research techniques, as well as language skills oriented towards carrying out research in Eastern Europe.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme comprises specialist research methods and/or language training (60 credits), specialist electives (15 credits) and a dissertation (105 credits). In addition, all MRes students are expected to attend internal and external research seminars and workshops.
- Quantitative Methods
- Advanced Quantitative Methods
- Advanced Qualitative Methods
- Political Analysis
- Political Sociology
- Understanding and Analysing Data
- SSEES Language (any SSEES MA language course, subject to availability; 30 credits, terms one and two)
- SSEES Social Sciences programmes (15 credits)
All MRes students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000-18,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, classes and laboratory sessions. Students will be assessed by unseen and written examinations, coursework assignments, essays and the research dissertation.
Detailed module information
ESRC funding may be available for UK residents and EU nationals accepted on to the programme. The deadline for receipt of application is 1 May for the year of entry.
Up to five tuition fee studentships are available to prospective Home/EU MRes students at UCL's School of Slavonic & East European Studies.
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 Master's graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academia. Graduates have gone on to advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Account Manager, ONEm
- Management and Advocacy Assistant, Transparency International
- Journalist, Al Jazeera and studying PhD in Economics and Politics of Eastern Europe, UCL
- IT Project Manager, Thomson Reuters
- PhD in Musicology, University of Bristol
The MRes is intended primarily for applicants planning to do a PhD or MPhil or make a professional career in research and who already have some background in the social sciences.
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 2013–2015 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-eastern 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 numbers
› 70 staff
› 200 taught students
› 80 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
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
64% 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
"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 ChowaniecAs 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
"The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies is easily the country's biggest specialist centre dealing with the politics and societies of Central and Eastern Europe. The underlying concern in all my research is the extent to which East-Central European democracies have come to resemble models familiar from the West – and, contrarily, whether the fluid, populist politics of East-Central Europe may be a harbinger of things to come in established democracies such as the UK."
UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies
"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 intended primarily for applicants planning to do a PhD or MPhil or make a professional career in research, who have some background in the social sciences.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study the Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe at graduate level
- why you want to study the Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe 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.