This MA provides an opportunity to study political and social developments in post-communist Europe in breadth and depth, acquiring a mix of in-depth knowledge, analytical and research skills, and theoretical understanding. Regions covered include central and Eastern Europe, the western Balkans and most parts of the former Soviet Union.
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Tuition fees (2020/21)
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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.
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About this degree
The programme tackles issues such as democracy and authoritarianism, corruption, ethno-political conflict, foreign policy and security in both thematic and area/country-oriented modules. Students are able to either focus on one region or to study regions across the post-communist world. All students take a core module in political analysis and have the option of learning Russian or another east European language.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Political Analysis (Russia and Eastern Europe).
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.
Students take two core modules of 15 credits each, one of which much be 'Political Analysis'
- Political Analysis
- And at least one chosen from:
- Qualitative Methods
- Understanding and Analysing Data
- Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research
- Introduction to Discourse Analysis
- Quantitative Methods
- Advanced Quantitative Methods
Optional Modules may include the following:
- Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance
- Politics of South Eastern Europe
- Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
- Making of Modern Ukraine
- Understanding 'Transitional Justice'
- Russian Politics
- Security, Identity, Polarity
- Governance and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe
- Russian Foreign Policy
- Baltic Politics and Society
- Democracy and Authoritarianism in Post-communist Europe
- Understanding 'Transitional Justice'
Up to 30 credits from other SSEES MA modules or other approved departments.
All MA students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, workshops and classes. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods: unseen examinations, long essays, coursework 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.
Detailed module information
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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.
Some graduates advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.
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 have gone on to work in think tanks; political parties; national, European and international private and public sector organisations; and in the media and in NGOs as political analysts. Other graduates have gone on to further academic study. Internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region as well as suite of leading events and research seminars complement your studies.
Why study this degree at UCL?
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-east Europe and Russia.
Our MA allows you to study the political development of the region in unparalleled breadth and depth and to develop analytical and research capabilities, language skills and practical insights.
Our nationally unequalled specialist library and central London location provide an ideal environment for research, while our close contacts with employers, policy-makers and alumni afford excellent opportunities for networking and career development.
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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
The programme is designed for all those seeking to develop up-to-date knowledge of politics and society in Russia and Eastern Europe, and to draw on the latest insights in political and social science.
- All applicants
- 11 August 2020
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Political Analysis at graduate level
- why you want to study Political Analysis 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.
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