Comparative Russian and Eurasian Politics: Dual Degree MA

London, Bloomsbury

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Fees to be confirmed
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Fees to be confirmed
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted

This programme will not be offered for entry in 2023/24 (decision confirmed on 31 March 2022).

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

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.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

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. 

Further details on structure and modules can be found in the Programme Handbook

Who this course is for

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.

What this course will give you

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.

The foundation of your career

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. 


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. 

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. 



In Year 1 you take 120 UCL credits (60 ECTS) of compulsory modules, including Russian Politics (30 UCL credits) and Quantitative Methods (15 credits), and 30 credits of language in either Russian, Ukrainian or Estonian, plus a choice of at least one module in Russian and Eurasian Politics options, and a choice of a methodology module.

In Year 2 you take 120 UCL credits (60 ECTS) at HSE, including a compulsory dissertation (48 UCL credits, 24 ECTS), Internship (12 UCL credits, 6 ECTS) and Project seminar + Project (12 UCL credits, 6 ECTS). You then have a choice of a methodology module and electives in politics, history and society..

Further details on structure and modules can be found in the Programme Handbook

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.

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


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Graduate Open Events: School of Slavonic and East European Studies - Comparative Russian and Eurasian Politics

This is a recorded event, part of the Graduate Open Days, for Comparative Russian and Eurasian Politics degree.

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Graduate Open Events: Applying for Graduate Study at UCL

The Applying to UCL for graduate study session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment teams, provides helpful information about the process of applying for graduate study, as well as offering an insight into what we consider to be a competitive application.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

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Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) Fees to be confirmed
Tuition fees (2022/23) Fees to be confirmed

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

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.  

All students are dual registered with UCL and HSE St Petersburg. In order to meet HSE requirements for enrolment, if you accept your offer, prior to enrolment you will be required to provide official, notarised translations of passport and transcripts into Russian. This can cost approximately £350-400 in some instances. Please contact for guidance if required.

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

Funding your studies

All offer holders will be automatically considered for a £5,000 fee contribution (for Year 1 only), based on academic merit. We expect to have two of these to award for 2022 entry.

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

Next steps

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 Application fees.

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.

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. 

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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.