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  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

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History (SSEES) MA


This MA provides a unique range of options from the early modern period to the present, covering lands where mighty empires and many nations have interacted and competed over the centuries: the Russian Empire, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Habsburg Monarchy, the Ottoman Empire, the German Empire, and their successor states.


Overview

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students are encouraged to choose a range of courses that is as diverse in geography as it is varied in approach. The programme is especially rich in courses exploring the relationship between power and culture. Several methods courses are available, including Methods of area studies research (MASR).

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.

Structure

Structure

The programme consists of 180 credits in total.
Compulsory Modules (90 credits)
SEESGH07 - Historical Methods and Approaches (30 credits)
SEESGS40 - Dissertation Preparation (0 credits)
SEESGX99 - Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules (at least 45 credits)
SEESGH01 - Fashion, Folly and the Fatherland in Polish Culture, 1764-1834 (15 credits)
SEESGH08 - Metropolis: History of Berlin 1871-1990 (15 credits)
SEESGH05 - The Self and the World: Travel Writing (not 2013/14)
SEESGH06 - Little Hitlers? Right Radicalism in Central and Eastern Europe, 1900-1945 (15 credits)
SEESGH12 - Religion in South-East Europe: From the Age of Empires to Post-Communism (15 credits)
SEESGH13 - The Soviet Cultural Experiment I, 1917-1945 (15 credits)
SEESGH14 - The Soviet Cultural Experiment II, 1945-1991 (not 2013/14)
SEESGH16 - The Crisis Zone: Central Europe, 1900-1990 (15 credits)
SEESGH71 - Transnational Cultural Exchange (not 2013/14)
SEESGH72 - The Russian Monarchy: Court Ritual and Political Ideas, 1498-1917 (15 credits)
SEESGH73 - The Culture of Russian Revolutionary Terrorism, 1866-1914 (15 credits)
Up to 45 credits from courses offered by other SSEES programmes and UCL departments, including languages.

Courses

Courses

Entry

Entry and application

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.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. 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?

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have degrees in the study of the region; others have no acquaintance with Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. We welcome students with one or more of the area's languages, and encourage those without a language to take one up.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study History (SSEES) at graduate level
  • why you want to study History (SSEES) 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.

Funding

Funding

AHRC Scholarships may be available.

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.


Careers

Career

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.

Recent employer destinations include:

  • Independent Television News
  • The Financial Times
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • NATO
  • Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ)
  • Amnesty International
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • European Parliament
  • The Bank of England
  • The European Union
Some graduates advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: