Identity, Culture and Power MA
This MA provides the opportunity to study the political and cultural power of identity (defined in terms of nation, ethnicity, gender or sexuality) through a range of contexts and perspectives. The programme adopts an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on politics, international relations, sociology, anthropology, literature, discourse, linguistics, film studies and history.
What will I learn?
Students develop an interdisciplinary understanding of domestic socio-political and cultural issues and processes in Central and Eastern Europe, in the context of the legacies of the communist past and the ongoing integration into wider institutional frameworks. Methodology and research skills courses are offered, 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.
|The programme consists of 180 credits in total.|
|Compulsory Courses (90 credits)|
|SEESGS42 - Theories of Social and Political Research (30 credits)|
|SEESGX99 - Dissertation (60 credits)|
|SEESGS40 - Dissertation Preparation Programme (0 credits)|
|Optional Courses (90 credits)|
|SEESGS34 - Nation, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits)|
|SEESGS60 - Empires, Nationalism and Communism: States and Societies of Southeast Europe (15 credits)|
|SEESGS32 - Security, Identity, Polarity (30 credits)|
|SEESGR24 - Gender and Sexuality in Modern Russian Culture (15 credits)|
SEESGE09 - Bakhtin and Others: Alterity, Identity and Dialogue (15 credits)
|SEESGS36 - Cultural Anthropology of South-Eastern Europe (15 credits)|
|SEESGH13 - The Soviet Cultural Experiment I, 1917-1945 (15 credits)|
|SEESGH14 - The Soviet Cultural Experiment II, 1945-1991 (15 credits)|
|SEESGR62 - Being Soviet: Typologies of Soviet Identity in Russian Cinema 1917-1956 (15 credits)|
|SEESGE18 - All Quiet on the Eastern Front (15 credits)|
|SEESGS45 - Advanced Qualitative Methods (15 credits)|
|SEESGE95 - Literary and Cultural Theory (30 credits)|
|SEESGS63 - Understanding and Analysing Data (15 credits)|
|SSEES Language Courses (30 credits)|
|Range of SSEES courses in politics, history, culture, and methods (15/30 credits)|
|Subject to SSEES approval, a module may be taken from these MA courses taught in other UCL departments:|
|ANTHGS16 - The Anthropology of Nationalism, Ethnicity and Race ANTHGS18 Gender, Language and Culture|
|BENVGPU4 - Gender in Policy and Planning|
|EUROGG01 - Gender, Society and Representation|
|GERM6020 - National Identity in Germany and Austria|
|HISTG077 - Gender and Knowledge in History|
|PUBLG065 - Governing Divided Societies|
|PUBLG068 - Gender and Politics|
Entry and application
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?
The programme is suitable for students from a variety of backgrounds who wish to enhance their mastery of skills essential for social and cultural research, for either further doctoral study or a career in this field.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Identity, Culture and Power at graduate level
- why you want to study Identity, Culture and Power 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
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)
- Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ)
- Amnesty International
- Chase Manhattan
- The Bank of England
- The European Union
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: