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W: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

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Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £6,200
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,200

Funding

Funding opportunities include: AHRC Block Grant Partnership Award, Foundation Research Scholarship (£15,000 p.a. - three years), Victor and Rita Swoboda Memorial Scholarship (v8,000 p.a.).

Overseas research students may apply for an ORS award.

Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

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.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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East European Studies MRes


The East European Studies MRes provides area-specific, language-oriented, advanced research training in the methodologies and approaches of economics, politics, sociology, history, culture and literature. The MRes offers two pathways, Social Science and Humanities, enabling students to tailor the programme to suit their own experience and interests.


Overview

What will I learn?

Students 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. The programme produces multidisciplinary researchers specialised in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, with language proficiency and cultural, historical and institutional awareness.

Why should I 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.

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.


Structure

Structure

There are two pathways through the programme:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Social Sciences

On each pathway, students must take 330 credits over the two years, comprising:

  • 60 language credits
  • 30 credits in Interdisciplinary Area Studies Research (IAS)
  • 75 specialist research methods training
  • 60 subject electives
  • Free-standing dissertation worth 105 credits.

In addition, all MRes students are expected to attend regular external and internal Research Seminars and workshops.

Social Sciences: Year One (150 credits)

Compulsory Courses - Language (30 credits)
Any 'New Language' MA course
Compulsory Courses - Methods (75 credits)
SEESGS15 - Quantitative Methods (15 credits)
SEESGS46 - Advanced Quantitative Methods (15 credits)
SEESGS45 - Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
SEESGS42 - Theories of Social and Political Research (30 credits)
SEESGS67/ SEESGS63 - Understanding and Analysing Data (15 credits)
SEESGS59 - Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research (15 credits)
Elective Courses (45 credits)
Various from social science programmes
Summary: 30 Language + 75 Methods + 45 Electives = 150 credits total

Social Sciences: Year Two (180 credits)

Compulsory Courses - Language (30 credits)
Any 'Intermediate Language' MA course
Compulsory - Interdisciplinary Area Studies Research (IAS) (15 credits)
SEESGS48/SEESGS26 - Interdisciplinary Area Studies II (15 credits)
Elective Courses (30 credits)
Various from social science programmes
Dissertation (105 credits)
20,000 words
Summary: 30 Language + 15 IAS 2 + 105 Dissertation + 30 Electives = 180 credits total

Arts & Humanities: Year One (150 credits)

Compulsory Courses - Language (30 credits)
Any 'New Language' MA course
SEESGE95 - Literary and Cultural Theory (30 credits)
SEESGH07 - Historical Methods and Approaches (30 credits)
SEESGS42 - Theories of Social and Political Research (30 credits)
SEESGS67/ SEESGS63 - Understanding and Analysing Data (15 credits)
SEESGS45 - Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
SEESGS59 - Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research (15 credits)
Elective Courses (45 credits)
Various from arts and humanities programmes
Summary: 30 Language + 75 Methods + 45 Electives = 150 credits total

Arts & Humanities: Year Two (180 credits)

Compulsory Courses - Language (30 credits)
Any 'Intermediate Language' MA course
Compulsory - Interdisciplinary Area Studies Research (IAS) (15 credits)
SEESGS48/SEESGS26 - Interdisciplinary Area Studies II (15 credits)
Elective Courses (30 credits)
Various from arts and humanities programmes
Dissertation (105 credits)
20,000 words
Summary: 30 Language + 15 IAS 2 + 105 Dissertation + 30 Electives = 180 credits total

Entry

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.

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 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students who wish to gain advanced research training in the language, culture and institutions of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. It provides an ideal foundation for a PhD degree, and a research career in both public and private sector organisations.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study East European Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study 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
  • 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.


Applications for the MRes programmes must include a dissertation proposal of 250-400 words, including references.  Please see the MRes proposal form for further details. 

Funding

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

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.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Careers

Career

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

  • UCL, MPhil in Political Science, 2010
  • GHK, Consultant, 2010
  • Oxford University, Research Assistant, 2011
  • London School of English, English Teacher, 2011
  • London School of Economics, Research Associate, 2011

Employability

Graduates of the programme will possess the attributes to complete a PhD within three years or to enter the labour market directly with advanced analytical and research skills, regional expertise and proficiency in a language of the area. The rigorous exams we set for our language courses mean that potential employers or prospective PhD supervisors will know that our graduates can work effectively with the languages they have studied.

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.