The Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe MRes is a research training degree in methods and approaches for studying politics, economics and society in post-communist Europe including Russia and other post-Soviet states. The MRes is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council and forms part of our one- and three-year programmes.
Covid-19 programme updates
Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
Modes and duration
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.
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
Students gain a robust multidisciplinary foundation in social science research methods and an introduction to approaches in cultural and historical studies. They develop interdisciplinary and discipline-specific research techniques, as well as language skills oriented towards carrying out research in Eastern Europe.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme comprises specialist research methods and/or language training (60 credits), specialist electives (15 credits) and a dissertation (105 credits). In addition, all MRes students are expected to attend internal and external research seminars and workshops.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MRes in Politics and Economics of 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.
- Quantitative Methods
- Advanced Quantitative Methods
- Political Analysis
- Political Sociology
- Understanding and Analysing Data
- SSEES Language (any SSEES MA language course, subject to availability; 30 credits, terms one and two)
- SSEES Social Sciences programmes (15 credits)
- Further information about these modules is available on the department website.
All MRes students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000-18,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, classes and laboratory sessions. Students 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.
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. Graduates have gone on to advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.
The MRes is intended primarily for applicants planning to do a PhD or MPhil or make a professional career in research and who already have some background in the social sciences.
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-eastern Europe and Russia.
Located on the edge of Bloomsbury, SSEES offers an ideal location for scholars: the British Library, British Museum, University of London Library and other similar research centres are all close by.
The SSEES library is unequalled in Britain for the depth and breadth of its collections, the majority of which are on open access in the SSEES building.
What our students and staff say
"UCL SSEES has a great team of researchers and lecturers in eastern and central European languages and cultures. It makes UCL a desirable place for investigating the so-called “Other” Europe. SSEES also has one of the best libraries that specialises in Eastern Europe."
Dr Urszula ChowaniecAs a teacher in Polish Language and Culture I have the opportunity to contribute nearly to any graduate programme connected to Polish culture/politics/literature and language. Mainly, Literature and Culture of Eastern Europe, History, Eastern European Politics.
Teaching Fellow, School of Slavonic & East European Studies
"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
"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.
Who can apply?
The programme is intended primarily for applicants planning to do a PhD or MPhil or make a professional career in research, who have some background in the social sciences.
- All applicants
- 11 August 2020
In addition to the standard UCL application form, applicants should submit a short research proposal, outlining their areas of interest. Please download and complete the proposal form on the SSEES webpages. This should then be uploaded with your application.
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 the Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe at graduate level
- why you want to study the Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe 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.
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