Postgraduate Resources (MA/MRes/IMESS)

Postgraduate Taught Student Handbook

This contains key information relating to operation of your programme within SSEES, including details about key dates, coursework submission, assessment penalties and contact details. It is intended to serve as your first point of reference for queries and contains links to relevant official documents and online resources.

This document is updated annually and further updates may occur during the academic year to reflect changes in UCL or SSEES policy and it is important that you ensure you refer to the handbook for the appropriate academic year.


Modules 2014-15

Economics & Business Modules

The following modules are offered to students on the Economics & Business MA programmes. These are also available to all SSEES and UCL students who have the appropriate pre-requisites*, which normally require students to have studied some introductury economics previously.

Policy Modules
SEESGS79 - International Macroeconomic Policy
[compulsory for MA Comparative Economics Policy]
SEESGS74 - Public Choice Private Interest
SEESGS38 - The Economics of Health and Population
SEESGS23 - Trade and FDI Policy with reference to Eastern Europe
SEESGS03 - Development Economics and Policy

Business & Finance Modules
SEESGS11 - Political Economy of International Business
[compulsory for MA Comparative Business Economics]
SEESGS02 - Corporate Governance
SEESGS50 - Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets
SEESGS78 - The Economics of Property Rights
SEESGS51 - Financial Development

Methodology Modules
SEESGS15 - Quantitative Methods
SEESGS46 - Advanced Quantitative Methods

Further Modules
SEESGS65 - Energy, Technology and Innovation

SEESGS39 - Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies

SEESGS09 - Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance

SEESG*** - SSEES Languages

Please note: Not all modules run each academic year, and final confirmation of modules running will take place at the start of the academic year.

*there are maximum student numbers set for each module

History Modules

Literature Culture Modules

SSEES offers a range of modules in literature and culture. These are offered to students across SSEES and UCL.


Literature Modules (Russia & Eastern Europe)

SEESGE07 - Introduction to Hermeneutics: How to Read and Interpret Texts

SEESGE86 - Literatures of Rupture: Modernism in Russia and Eastern Europe

SEESGR04 - The Nineteenth-Century Russian Novel

Culture & Cinema Modules (Russia & Eastern Europe)

SEESGE18 - All Quiet on the Eastern Front: Culture, Politics and Everyday Life in Central &Eastern Europe from Stalin to Present

SEESGR17 - Contemporary Cultural Studies: Between Post-Communism and Post-Modernism

SEESGR24 - Gender and Sexuality in Modern Russian Culture

SEESGR30 - The Reflecting Screen: Russian and Soviet Cinema in its Cultural Context, 1896 to the Present


Methodology Modules

SEESGE95 - Literary and Cultural Theory

SEESGE94 - Linguistic Methods

Please note: Not all modules run each academic year, and final confirmation of modules running will take place at the start of the academic year.

Politics & Sociology Modules

SSEES offers a wide-range of modules in politics and sociology which can be broadly grouped into area-based, thematic and theory/methods-oriented modules.

Area-based Modules

SEESGS53 - Baltic Politics and Society

SEESGS60 - Empires, Nationalism and Communism: States and Societies of South-Eastern Europe

SEESGS56 - Governance and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe

SEESGS07 - The Making of Modern Ukraine

SEESGS61 - Politics of South-Eastern Europe

SEESGS18 - Russian Foreign Policy

SEESGS19 - Russian Politics

Thematic Modules

SEESGS09 - Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance

SEESGS37 - Cities in Eastern Europe

SEESGS33 - Ethnopolitical Conflict in Central and Eastern Europe

SEESGS39 - Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies

SEESGS58 - Migration in the European Union

SEESGS76 - Sexuality in Russia and Eastern Europe

SEESGS77 - Sociology of Religion

SEESGS34 - Nations, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe

SEESGS32 - Security, Identity, Polarity: The Contemporary Debates

Methodology Modules

SEESGS59 - Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research

SEESGS48 - Interdisciplinary Area Studies II

SEESGS45 - Qualitative Methods

SEESGS42 - Theories of Social and Political Research

[compulsory for students on MA Politics, Security, Integration, and MA Identity, Culture, Power]

SEESGS63 - Understanding and Analysing Data


Please note: Not all modules run each academic year, and final confirmation of modules running will take place at the start of the academic year.

Language Modules

New Language

These modules aim to provide a competent reading knowledge and basic communicative skills in the language. Students who complete the course successfully will be able to assure both potential employers and academic supervisors that they possess the necessary foundation-level language skills to work with original texts and to enable them to undertake study and/or research in the countries where the language is spoken.

The modules are designed for beginners, i.e. for students who do not already speak or understand the language. They require intensive study and applicants must provide evidence of language learning ability. 

Assessment is by written examination (75%) and oral examination (25%).

SEESGE70 - New Language: Bulgarian

SEESGE71 - New Language: Czech

SEESGE80 - New Language: Estonian

SEESGE72 - New Language: Finnish

SEESGE73 - New Language: Hungarian

SEESGE74 - New Language: Polish

SEESGE75 - New Language: Romanian

SEESGR10 - New Language: Russian

SEESGE76 - New Language: Serbian and Croatian

SEESGE77 - New Language: Slovak

SEESGE79 - New Language: Ukrainian

Intermediate Language

These modules aim to develop a range of language skills primarily for the purposes of conducting research: to support master’s dissertation work, for PhD research and for use in other contexts where advanced reading skills, along with a range of further skills, are required. 

By the end of the course the student will be well equipped to read written material for research purposes, and will also be able to talk and write about his/her research interests/topic, as well as having developed a more general competence across the range of productive and receptive skills. 

Assessment is by written examination (70%) and oral examination (30%).

SEESGE60 - Intermediate Language: Bulgarian

SEESGE61 - Intermediate Language: Czech

SEESGE90 - Intermediate Language: Estonian

SEESGE62 - Intermediate Language: Finnish

SEESGE63 - Intermediate Language: Hungarian

SEESGE64 - Intermediate Language: Polish

SEESGE65 - Intermediate Language: Romanian

SEESGR11 - Intermediate Language: Russian

SEESGE66 - Intermediate Language: Serbian and Croatian

SEESGE67 - Intermediate Language: Slovak

SEESGE69 - Intermediate Language: Ukrainian

Upper Intermediate Language

SEESGR13 - Upper Intermediate: Russian *** NEW for 2014! ***

 Advanced Language

SEESGR12 - Advanced Language: Russian

Please note: Not all modules run each academic year, and final confirmation of modules running will take place at the start of the academic year.

Methodology Modules

Each MA programme in SSEES has prescribed or preferred methodology modules, however, students are able to select additional methodology modules from across SSEES.

SEESGE94 Linguistic Methods

SEESGE07 Introduction to Hermeneutics

SEESGS42 Theories of Social and Political Research

SEESGS59 Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research

SEESGS48 Introduction to Discourse Analysis (not running in 2014/15)

SEESGS63 Understanding and Analysing Data

SEESGS45 Qualitative Methods

SEESGS15 Quantitative Methods

SEESGS46 Advanced Quantitative Methods

Please note: Not all modules run each academic year, and final confirmation of modules running will take place at the start of the academic year.

MA Scheme of Award, Handbooks & Guides

 Prizes