Fees and funding
ESRC funding may be available for UK residents and EU nationals accepted onto the 1+3 programme. The deadline for receipt of application is the 1 May for the year of entry.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
The Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe MRes
The Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe MRes is a research training degree in methods and approaches for studying politics, economics and society in post-communist Europe (including Russia and other post-Soviet states). The MRes is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council and forms part of our 1+3 programme.
What will I learn?
Students gain a robust multidisciplinary foundation in social science research methods and an introduction to approaches in cultural and historical studies. They develop generic research skills, interdisciplinary and discipline specific research skills, area specific research skills and language skills oriented towards carrying out research in Eastern Europe.
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.
|Students on the one year MRes must take 180 credits during the year, comprising 60 specialist research methods training credits, 15 specialist electives and a free-standing dissertation worth 105 credits. In addition, all MRes students are expected to attend internal and external Research Seminars and Workshops.|
|Dissertation (105 credits)|
|Compulsory Courses - Methods (60 credits)|
|SEESGS15 - Quantitative Methods (15 credits)|
|SEESGS67/ SEESGS63 - Understanding and Analysing Data (15 credits)|
|SEESGS46 - Advanced Quantitative Methods (15 credits) - if SEESGS15 - Quantitative Methods taken in term 1|
|SEESGS45 - Advanced Qualitative Methods (15 credits)|
|SEESGS42 - Theories of Social and Political Research (30 credits)|
|Elective Courses (15 credits)|
|Various from social science programmes (Economics or Politics)|
|Summary: 60 Methods + 15 Electives + 105 Dissertation = 180 credits total|
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.
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 intended primarily for applicants planning to do a PhD or MPhil or make a professional career in research, who already have a good knowledge of one or more of the languages of the region as well as some background in the social sciences.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study the Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe at graduate level
- why you want to study the Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe 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
Applications for the MRes programmes must also include a dissertation proposal of 250-400 words, including references. Please see the MRes proposal form for further details.
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: