Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
- £18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)
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.
Select your country:
Russian culture is explored from a variety of perspectives. Students specialise in literature and culture, social sciences or history, or combine modules into an interdisciplinary programme. They are encouraged to develop their research skills, and many choose to learn Russian, or improve their command of Russian, through a language course.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of one of a choice of three core modules (30 credits), a choice of a Russian language module (30 credits) and/or optional modules (to a total of 90 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).
- One of the following:
- Literary and Cultural Theory
- Historical Methods and Approaches
- Theories of Social and Political Research
- Options may include the following:
- Advanced Qualitative Methods
- Contemporary Cultural Studies: Between Post-Communism & Post-Modernism
- Bakhtin and Others: Alterity, Identity and Dialogue
- Being Soviet: Typologies of Soviet Identity in Russian Cinema 1917–1956
- Beyond Stereotypes: The Jews in Polish Culture
- Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance
- Gender and Sexuality in Modern Russian Culture
- How to Read/Interpret Texts: Introduction to Hermeneutics
- Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
- Ire, Irony, Ideology: Satire and Humour in Russian Culture
- Isolate and Punish: Exile, Prison and Hard Labour in Russian Literature
- Nabokov and Émigré Literature
- Russian Language Module
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, film viewings, tutorials and specialist language courses. Assessment is carried out through unseen examinations, long essays, course work and the research dissertation.
AHRC Scholarships may be available.
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.
- 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.
Some graduates advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.
Top career destinations for this degree
- MSt in Slavonic Studies, University of Oxford (2012)
- Education Consultant, Bryanston Square (2012)
- Translator, Self Employed (2013)
- Europe and CIS Armed Forces Analyst, IHS Jane's (2013)
- Visa Officer, Finnish Consulate General of Petrozavodsk, Russia (2013)
Russia is one of the most exciting and important countries in the world, and SSEES is the ideal place in which to study it. Students who have successfully completed the programme have progressed to further academic research on the region, or have obtained employment in such organisations as the European Parliament and the Ministry of Defence, as well as roles in business, think-tanks, NGOs, or similar, both in Britain and abroad. 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?
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.
Student / staff ratios › 70 staff › 200 taught students › 80 research students
"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 MorleyRussian Studies MA, East European Studies MRes
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 designed for students who have little or no prior experience of the study of Russia as well as those who have undertaken Russian studies at BA level, who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of Russia from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
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 Russian Studies at graduate level
- why you want to study Russian 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
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree