Our MA provides you with the opportunity to study key concepts and approaches in political sociology and theoretical debates about the relationship between state and society, and identity and power. You will acquire a mix of in-depth area knowledge of Russia and Eastern Europe, research skills and theoretical understanding.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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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. Applicants with a good lower second-class Bachelor's degree (pass of 55% or better) or equivalent may also be considered on their individual merits.
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
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About this degree
Our programme centres on sociology but is interdisciplinary in nature, combining topics and methods from political science, anthropology, history, cultural studies and economics to analyse the relationships among individuals, groups, institutions, governments and their environments. You will choose two core modules in political sociology and social science methods and can then select thematic or area-based options as well as options to study Russian or another East European language.
You will undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), one of a choice of four modules in social science methodology (15 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 Sociology (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.
You will take a 15 credits core module in Political Sociology and a 15 credit course from a list of options in social science methodology.
- Political Sociology
- Qualitative Methods
- Understanding and Analysing Data
- Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research
- Introduction to Discourse Analysis (not running 2021/22)
- Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance (not running 2021/22)
- Democracy and Authoritarianism in Post-communist Europe
- Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
- Migration in the EU (not running 2021/22)
- Understanding 'Transitional Justice'
- Sexuality and Society in Russia and Eastern Europe (not running 2021/22)
- Popular Culture and International Politics
- SSEES MA language
- Anthropological Approaches to Eurasian Socialist and Post Soviet Societies
- Cities in Eastern Europe
- Religion in South-Eastern Europe: From the Age of Empires to Post-Communism
- All Quiet on the Eastern Front: Culture, Politics and Everyday Life in Central & Eastern Europe from Stalin to Present
You can take up to 30 credits from other SSEES MA modules, or other UCL departments (subject to approval).
- Further information about these modules is available on the department website.
You will undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
You are 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 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.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
Detailed module information
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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 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 NGOs as political analysts. Other graduates have progressed 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.
This MA allows you to study the social and cultural issues in the region in unparalleled breadth and depth and to develop analytical and research capacities, 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.
What our students and staff say
"The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies is easily the country's biggest specialist centre dealing with the politics and societies of Central and Eastern Europe. The underlying concern in all my research is the extent to which East-Central European democracies have come to resemble models familiar from the West – and, contrarily, whether the fluid, populist politics of East-Central Europe may be a harbinger of things to come in established democracies such as the UK."
Dr Sean HanleySSEES
UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies
"SSEES students will benefit from language-based cross-disciplinary teaching and research. Drawing on insights from sociology, international relations and sexuality studies, my current research examines migration by LGBT Russians, Poles and Brazilians to Berlin and London, analysing their reasons for migrating and different strategies for negotiating and renegotiating their identities. "
Dr Richard MoleSSEES
UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies
"UCL is an energetic place that is clearly on an upward trajectory, bustling with original thinkers doing cutting-edge work and incredibly talented students from all over the world. Definitely the place to study and do research at the beginning of the 21st century."
Professor Jan Kubik
UCL 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?
The programme is suitable for students from a variety of backgrounds seeking to develop an up-to-date specialist knowledge of society and culture in Russian and Eastern Europe for personal or career development or with a view to further study.
- All applicants
- 31 May 2021
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 Sociology at graduate level
- why you want to study Political Sociology 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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