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Tuition Fees (2015/16)
£6,385 (FT)
£16,690 (FT)

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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 one and three year programmes.


What will I learn?

Students gain a robust multi-disciplinary 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 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 Eastern 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.

Student / staff ratios › 70 staff › 200 taught students › 80 research students



Students on the one year MRes must take 180 credits during the year, comprising 60 credits of specialist research methods and/or language training, 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)
20,000 words
Compulsory Courses - Methods and/or Language (60 credits to be selected from the following list)
SSEES Language (any SSEES MA language course, subject to availability; 30 credits, terms 1&2)
SEESGS82 Political Analysis (15 credits, term 1)
SEESGS83 Political Sociology (15 credits, term 1)
SEESGS15 Quantitative Methods (15 credits, term 1)
SEESGS46 Advanced Quantitative Methods (15 credits, term 2)
SEESGS45 Qualitative Methods (15 credits, term 2)
SEESGS63 Understanding and Analysing Data (15 credits, term 2)
Elective Courses (15 credits)
Various from SSEES Social Sciences programmes
Summary: 60 Methods and/or Language + 15 Electives + 105 Dissertation = 180 credits total



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.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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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.

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.

Application deadlines
All applicants
31 July 2015
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
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 also include a dissertation proposal of 250-400 words, including references.  Please see the MRes proposal form for further details.


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.



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.

Some graduates advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.

Top career destinations for this programme
  • PhD student (Politics and Migration), UCL (2010)

The MRes is intended primarily for applicants planning to do a PhD or MPhil or make a professional career in research and who already have some background in the social sciences.

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