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Politics, Security and Integration MA

This MA provides an opportunity to study political and social developments in post-communist Europe in breadth and depth, acquiring a mix of in-depth knowledge, analytical and research skills, and theoretical understanding. Regions covered include Central and Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and most parts of the former Soviet Union.

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.

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

The programme tackles issues such as democracy and authoritarianism, corruption, ethno-political conflict, foreign policy and security in both thematic and area/country-oriented modules. Students are able to either focus on one region or to study regions across the post-communist world. All students take a core module in Political Analysis and have the option of learning Russian or another East European language.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules of 15 credits each, optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Module

  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Understanding and Analysing Data
  • Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research
  • And at least one chosen from:
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Political Analysis
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods

Options

  • Security, Identity, Polarity
  • Russian Politics
  • Politics of South-Eastern Europe
  • Nation, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Making of Modern Ukraine
  • Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
  • Ethnopolitical Conflict in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance
  • <b>Choose from a list including the following:</b>
  • Baltic Politics and Society
  • Russian Foreign Policy
  • Governance and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe

Dissertation/report

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

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, workshops and classes. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods: unseen examinations, long essays, course work and the research 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

  • European Council on Foreign Relations, Programme Co-ordinator, 2011,
  • Department of Internal Affairs, Financial Advisor, 2012,
  • Family Online Safety Institute, Europe and Middle East Project Manager, 2012,
  • Parliament of Moldova, Foreign Affairs Office, 2010,
  • Norwegian Director of Immigration, Senior Executive Officer, 2010,

Employability

The range of modules offered allows students either to focus on one region or to study regions across the post-communist world. The MA opens up a range of opportunities and previous graduates from this programme, as with SSEES' other MA programmes, have gone on to work in think-tanks, political parties, national, European and international private and public sector organisations and in media and non-governmental organisations as political analysts. Other graduates have progressed to further academic study. 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.

Our MA allows you to develop the political development of the region in unparalleled breadth and depth and to develop analytical and research capabilities, language skills and practical insights.

Our nationally unequalled specialist library and central London location provide an ideal environment for research, while our close contacts with employers, policy-makers and alumni afford excellent opportunities for networking and career development.

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

Department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

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 designed for all those seeking to develop an up-to-date, policy-relevant knowledge of politics and society in Russia and Eastern Europe drawing on cutting-edge insights in political and social science.

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 Political Analysis at graduate level
  • why you want to study Political Analysis 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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