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Tuition fees (2015/16)

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,755
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,375
  • Overseas Full-time: £17,250
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,755

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Central and South-East European Studies MA

The Central and South-East European Studies MA is a multi-disciplinary programme that enables students to gain specialist knowledge and understanding of the complex culture, history, literature, politics and society of the region from Western Bohemia to Wallachia and from Mazuria to Macedonia.


What will I learn?

Students develop an advanced knowledge of Central and South-Eastern Europe from a multi-disciplinary perspective, focusing on aspects of history, politics and culture. They develop generic research skills, interdisciplinary and discipline specific research skills, area specific research skills and language skills oriented towards carrying out research in the region.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is one of the world's leading specialist institutions, and the largest national centre in the UK, for the study of Central, Eastern and South East 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.



The programme consists of 180 credits in total.
Compulsory Courses (90 credits)
SEESGX99 - Dissertation (60 credits)
SEESGS40 - Dissertation Preparation Programme (0 credits)
This is a multi-disciplinary programme. Nevertheless, students are required to gain a thorough methodological and theoretical grounding in disciplinary study and hence must choose between one of the following three courses:
SEESGE95 - Literary and Cultural Theory (30 credits)
SEESGH07 - Historical Methods and Approaches (30 credits)
SEESGS42 - Theories of Social and Political Research (30 credits)
Optional Courses (total of 90 credits from options below)
Area-Based Courses
SEESGE18 - All Quiet on the Eastern Front: Culture, Politics and Everyday Life in Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits)
SEESGE20 - Beyond Stereotypes: The Jews in Polish Culture (15 credits)
SEESGE19 - Central European Modernism (15 credits)
SEESGS37 - Cities in Eastern Europe (15 credits)
SEESGR17 - Contemporary Cultural Studies: Between Post-Communism and Post-modernism (15 credits)
SEESGH16 - The Crisis Zone: Central Europe 1900-1990 (15 credits)
SEESGS36 - Cultural Anthropology of South-Eastern Europe (15 credits)
SEESGS60 - Empires, Nationalism and Communism: States and Societies of Southeast Europe (15 credits)
SEESGS33 - Ethno-Political Conflict in Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits)
SEESGH01 - Fashion, Folly and the Fatherland in Polish Culture, 1764-1834 (15 credits)
SEESGE16 - Folly, Disaffection and Dystopia in Twentieth-Century Hungarian Literature (15 credits)
SEESGE15 - Freedom, Death and Love: Polish Fiction 1918-2005 (15 credits)
SEESGO25 - History, Myth and Nation in South-Eastern Europe (30 credits)
SEESGS39 - Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies (15 credits)
SEESGH06 - Little Hitlers? Right Radicalism in Central and Eastern Europe, 1900-1945 (15 credits)
SEESGS07 - The Making of the Modern Ukraine (30 credits)
SEESGH08 - Metropolis: History of Berlin 1871-1990 (15 credits)
SEESGS34 - Nation, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits)
SEESGS53 - Baltic Politics and Society (15 credits)
SEESGS61 - Politics of South-Eastern Europe Since 1990 (15 credits)
SEESGS32 - Security, Identity, Polarity: The Contemporary Debates (30 credits)
SEESGH05 - The Self and the World: Theoretical Approaches to Travel Writing (15 credits)
SEESGE08 - Walter Benjamin: Philosophy, Aesthetics, History, Politics (15 credits)
Theory and Methodology Courses
SEESGE09 - Bakhtin and Others: Alterity, Identity and Dialogue (15 credits)
SEESGE07 - How to Read/Interpret Texts: Introduction to Hermeneutics (15 credits)
SEESGE94 - Linguistic Methods (15 credits)
SEESGS62 - Introduction to Discourse Analysis (15 credits)
SEESGS63 - Understanding and Analysing Data (15 credits)
SEESGS45 - Advanced Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
SEESGH74 - Transnational Cultural Exchange: Methods and Approaches (15 credits)
If not already taken as a compulsory course:
SEESGE95 - Literary and Cultural Theory (30 credits)
SEESGH07 - Historical Methods and Approaches (30 credits)
SEESGS42 - Theories of Social and Political Research (30 credits)
Language Courses - only one course may be taken
SEESGE60 - Bulgarian as a New Language (30 credits)
SEESGE61 - Czech as a New Language (30 credits)
SEESGE80 - Estonian as a New Language (30 credits)
SEESGE72 - Finnish as a New Language (30 credits)
SEESGE73 - Hungarian as a New Language (30 credits)
SEESGE74 - Polish as a New Language (30 credits)
SEESGE75 - Romanian as a New Language (30 credits)
SEESGE76 - Serbian/Croatian as a New Language (30 credits)
SEESGE77 - Slovak as a New Language (30 credits)
SEESGE79 - Ukrainian as a New Language (30 credits)
SEESGE61 - Intermediate Czech (30 credits)
SEESGE63 - Intermediate Hungarian (30 credits)
SEESGE85 - Intermediate Romanian (30 credits)
SEESGE64 - Intermediate Polish (30 credits)
SEESGE66 - Intermediate Serbian/Croatian (30 credits)
SEESGE69 - Intermediate Ukrainian (30 credits)
Subject to approval, optional courses up to the value of 30 credits may be taken from another SSEES MA programme or from another MA programme within UCL (Anthropology, History, European Studies, Comparative Literature etc.).



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. Applicants with a good lower second-class Bachelor's degree (pass of 55% or better) or equivalent may also be considered on their individual merits.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2015.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for both students with an undergraduate degree in Central and South-East European studies and those with little or no prior experience of the subject. It prepares students for further academic research or employment in business, think-tanks and National Government Organisations, both in Britain and abroad.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Central and South-East European Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Central and South-East European 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
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.



AHRC Scholarships may be available.

Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)- NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY

This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships 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.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Community Development Institute, Programme Assistant, 2012
  • University of Belgrade, PhD student of Political Science, 2011
  • Esimit Europa, Public Relations, 2011
  • Freshminds, Research Analyst, 2011
  • Wild Kat PR, Account Manager, 2012


Students who have successfully completed this 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.