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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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Politics, Security and Integration MA


This MA provides an opportunity to study political and social developments in post-communist Europe. Regions covered by the programme include Central and Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and most parts of the former Soviet Union. Students are able to tailor their degree according to their interests and background.


Overview

What will I learn?

The programme tackles issues such as democratisation, state-building, ethnicity and nationalism, European integration, and foreign policy and security through both theoretically-based and area-oriented courses. Students are able to either focus on one region or to study regions across the post-communist world through the range of courses offered.

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.

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 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)
SEESGS19 Russian Politics (30 credits)
SEESGS18 Russian Foreign Policy since 1917 (30 credits)
SEESGS64 Post-Soviet Politics (30 credits)
SEESGS07 The Making of Modern Ukraine (30 credits)
SEESGS32 Security, Identity, Polarity (30 credits)
SEES09 - Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption & Governance (30 credits)
SEESGS56 Politics of Transition and Integration in Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits)
SEESGS53 Politics of Change in the Baltic States (15 credits)
SEESGS34 Nation, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe
SEESGS61 Politics of Southeast Europe since 1990 (15 credits)
SEESGS60 Empires, Nationalism and Communism: States and Societies of Southeast Europe (15 credits)
SEESGS39 Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies (15 credits)
SEESGS75 People and Populations: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (15 credits)
SEESGS59 Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research (15 credits)
SEESGS45 Advanced Qualitative Methods (15 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, up to 30 credits may be taken from MA courses taught in other UCL departments (15/ 30 credits).

Courses

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?

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 Politics, Security and Integration at graduate level
  • why you want to study Politics, Security and Integration 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.

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

Top career destinations for this programme

  • European Council on Foreign Relations, Programme Co-ordinator, 2011
  • NATO, Intern, 2010
  • Bank of Ireland, Graduate Manager, 2010
  • Parliament of Moldova, Foreign Affairs Office, 2010
  • Norwegian Director of Immigration, Senior Executive Officer, 2010

Employability

The range of modules offered allows students either to focus on one region or to study regions across the post-communist world. The MA opens up a range of opportunities and previous graduates from this programme, as with SSEES' other MA programmes, have gone on to work in think-tanks, political parties, national, European and international private and public sector organisations and in media and non-governmental organisations as political analysts. Other graduates have progressed to further academic study. 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.