UCL Graduate degrees


Comparative Russian and Eurasian Politics: Dual Degree MA

This new international two-year MA will provide you with the theoretical, empirical and linguistic knowledge needed to analyse Russian and Eurasian politics and also gives you the opportunity to spend a full year at HSE St Petersburg, carry out an internship, as well as conduct primary research for your Master’s thesis on the ground in Russia.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 2 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£12,500 (FT)
£25,800 (FT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. The published fee is for the first year of study only and subsequent years of study may increase by up to 5% annually.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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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About this degree

You will undertake rigorous research methods training, discipline-based and area studies training and intensive language tuition. You will learn to appraise political events and processes critically, solve problems of conflicting sources, use research resources and apply key theories, concepts and methodologies in political and social science, whilst drawing upon knowledge of the politics of the region. 

You will take modules to a total value of 120 ECTS, with 60 ECTS (120 UCL credits) taken in year one at UCL and 60 ECTS taken in year two at HSE St Petersburg.

Year One modules for UCL are outlined below. For information on Year 2 at St Petersburg, please see https://spb.hse.ru/en/ma/eurasia

Upon successful completion of 240 credits you will be awarded an MA in Comparative Russian and Eurasian Politics.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Year one compulsory modules

You take 75 UCL credits (37.5 ECTS) of compulsory modules, plus a choice of at least one module in Russian and Eurasian Politics options, and a choice of a methodology module. 

  • Russian Politics
  • Russian, Ukrainian or Estonian Languages
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Plus at least one chosen from:
  • Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
  • Making of Modern Ukraine
  • Post-Soviet Politics
  • Russian Foreign Policy
  • And at least one methodology module chosen from:
  • Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Understanding and Analysing Data

Optional modules

Remaining credits can be taken from options in politics, history, culture and society, which may include:

  • Anthropological Approaches to Eurasian Socialist and Post-Socialist Societies
  • Migration in the EU (not running 2021/22)
  • Nations, Identity and Power
  • Political Sociology
  • The Reflecting Screen: Russian and Soviet Cinema in its Cultural Context, 1896 to the Present
  • Russian Monarchy: Court Ritual and Political Ideas, 1498-1917
  • Sexuality and Society in Russia and Eastern Europe (not running 2021/22)

Up to 7.5 ECTS (15 UCL credits) can be taken from other MA programmes at SSEES or from other UCL departments with the permission of the Programme Co-ordinator.


The dissertation (48 UCL credits, 24 ECTS) is a compulsory requirement in Year 2, alongside an internship (12 UCL credits, 6 ECTS), Project Report and Seminar (12 UCL credits, 6 ECTS) conducted at HSE St Petersburg. 

Teaching and learning

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, workshops, presentations, self-study and specialist language classes. You are assessed by a variety of methods, including unseen examinations, long essays, coursework, project work and a dissertation.

Each 15-credit module is equivalent to 150 hours of study and a 30 credit module equivalent to 300 hours of study. Contact hours may vary depending on module choices, but full-time students will approximately have 8-10 hours of contact hours each week during term time. 

Additional costs

While there are no additional teaching costs to students, the second year will take place in St Petersburg, so students will be required to arrange their own travel to Russia from their home countries in the same fashion they would make travel arrangements to reach London to study at UCL. They are not required to be in the UK over the summer due to the lack of research project work in the first year of study.  

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


This programme provides skills for careers in government service (UK and other EU states), international agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), consultancy (economic, political risk, security, marketing), banking, financial services, law, media, teaching and the leisure industry, as well as to further study. 


You will develop analytical and research skills relevant for employment or further study in both academic and non-academic contexts. The period of fieldwork, internship and the research conducted for the thesis will enhance your independent research capability. Russian language skills will be developed to allow you to converse and conduct research. The programme thus opens up a range of opportunities in both public and private sectors. 

Why study this degree at UCL?

You will benefit from studying at two leading institutions, with the first year spent at the UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) and the second Higher School of Economics (HSE) St Petersburg, Russia. On completion, you are awarded two MAs; the UCL award entitled ‘MA Comparative Russian and Eurasian Politics’; the HSE award ‘MA Political Science’.

In the first year you will have access to our specialist SSEES library, which is unrivalled in the UK, and our central London location provides an ideal environment for research. Our close contacts with employers, policymakers and alumni provides you with excellent opportunities for networking and career development.

Department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

Application and next steps


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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

Our programme is designed to attract and challenge the brightest students, as well as professionals wishing to retrain to acquire regional expertise, and meet the challenges of the changing global environment. Evidence of English language ability is essential but there are no other language pre-requisites.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 May 2021

Applicants will be dual registered with UCL and HSE St Petersburg and if accepted onto the programme, will be required to provide Russian notarised translations of passport and transcripts to HSE. You will be contacted with guidance once an offer has been issued and accepted. 

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Comparative Russian and Eurasian Politics: Dual Degree at graduate level
  • why you want to study Comparative Russian and Eurasian Politics: Dual Degree at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • 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.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students. HSE St. Peterburg is regulated by the Ministry of Science & Higher Education of the Russian Federation Moscow.

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