East European Studies MRes

London, Bloomsbury

Our East European Studies MRes provides area-specific, language-oriented, advanced research training in the methodologies and approaches of economics, politics, sociology, history, culture and literature. Our MRes offers two pathways: social sciences, and arts and humanities, enabling you to tailor the programme to suit your own experience and interests.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£8,170
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£22,900
Duration
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

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 develop general research skills, interdisciplinary and discipline-specific research skills, area-specific research skills and language skills oriented towards carrying out research in the region. The programme produces multidisciplinary researchers specialised in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, with language proficiency and cultural, historical and institutional awareness.

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

Who this course is for

The programme is suitable for students who wish to gain advanced research training in the language, culture and institutions of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. It provides an ideal foundation for a PhD degree, and a research career in both public and private sector organisations.

What this course will give you

The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is one of the largest national centres in the UK, for the study of central, Eastern and south-eastern Europe and Russia.

You will have access to the SSEES Library which is unequalled in Britain for the depth and breadth of its collections, the majority of which are on open access in the SSEES building.

SSEES' location on the edge of Bloomsbury offers you access to the British Library, British Museum, University of London Library and other similar research centres, which are all close by.

The foundation of your career

Graduates of the programme will possess the attributes to complete a PhD within three years or to enter the labour market directly with advanced analytical and research skills, regional expertise and proficiency in a language of the area. The rigorous exams we set for our language courses mean that potential employers or prospective PhD supervisors will know that our graduates can work effectively with the languages they have studied.

Internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region as well as suite of leading events and research seminars complement your studies.

Employability

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 academia.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and language classes. You will be assessed by unseen and written examinations, coursework assignments, essays and the research 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.

Modules

Full-time

MRes East European Studies offers two pathways for you to choose from:

Social Sciences Pathway

In Year 1, you will study a language at beginner level; choose elective modules from SSEES's economics, politics and sociology programmes; and undertake modules in specialist research methods training.  Possible research methods courses include quantitative and qualitative methods training and modules on political and social analysis.

In addition, all MRes students are encouraged to attend regular Research Centre Seminars.

All MRes students also attend the MA/MRes Dissertation Preparation Programme. This programme includes a detailed, subject-specific dissertation briefing, and session dedicated to library and information management skills.

In Year 2, you will continue your language study at intermediate level and complete a specialist module in Interdisciplinary Area Studies together with one or two elective modules from SSEES's social sciences programmes.  The core of Year 2 is the work on the research dissertation, which in previous years has been around 20,000 words.

Arts & Humanities Pathway

In Year 1, you will study a language at beginner level; choose elective modules from SSEES's history, language and culture programmes; and undertake modules in specialist research methods training.  Possible research methods courses include quantitative and qualitative methods training and modules on political and social analysis.

In addition, all MRes students are encouraged to attend regular Research Centre Seminars.

All MRes students also attend the MA/MRes Dissertation Preparation Programme. This programme includes a detailed, subject-specific dissertation briefing, and session dedicated to library and information management skills.

In Year 2, you will continue your language study at intermediate level and complete a specialist module in Interdisciplinary Area Studies together with one or two elective modules from SSEES's arts and humanities programmes.  The core of Year 2 is the work on the research dissertation, which in previous years has been around 20,000 words.

Further details on the 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 undertake modules to the value of 330 credits over two years: 150 credits are taken in year one and 180 in year two. Two pathways are available: social sciences, and arts and humanities. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MRes in East European Studies.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £8,170
Tuition fees (2022/23) £22,900

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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

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

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

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.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study East European Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study East European Studies 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.

In addition to the standard UCL application form, you should submit a short research proposal, outlining yout areas of interest. Please download and complete the proposal form on the SSEES webpages. This should then be uploaded with your application.

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

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021