Russian and Post-Soviet Politics MA

London, Bloomsbury

Our MA programme is designed to respond to the growing strategic importance of Russia and the former Soviet Union and meet the emerging demand for area-focused academic training. The programme focuses on the unique and challenging political and social environment of the region and students gain valuable analytical and research skills.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£14,700
£7,350
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£26,600
£13,300
Duration
1 calendar year
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

This degree offers you a structured, focused programme as well as flexibility to pursue individual interests. Study of Russian and post-Soviet politics is supplemented by a wide range of options on other regions of the former Soviet Union and broad thematic issues such as corruption and governance, ethno-political conflict, nationalism, sexual identity and security. You are also encouraged to learn Russian, Ukrainian or Estonian language. 

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

Who this course is for

The programme is designed for those of you who seek to develop expertise in Russian and eastern European politics and society, and draw on the latest insights from political and social science.

What this course will give you

The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is one of the largest UK centres for the study of Russia and the post-Soviet region.

The school has superb research facilities and can point to expertise in a range of disciplines, including language training. Our SSEES Library, in particular, is unequalled in Britain in the scope and size of its specialist collections.

Our central London location, regular workshops and events, and close links with employers and alumni afford excellent opportunities for networking and career development.

The foundation of your career

The programme allows you to develop a blend of specialist area knowledge, analytical expertise and language skills tailored to their individual interests and requirements. The programme together with regular workshops and events such as the weekly Post-Soviet Press Group discussion forum - provides opportunities to develop understanding of current developments in Russia and the post-Soviet region alongside deeper theoretical and historical insights into their politics and societies. This skill set leaves you well placed to meet the requirements of employers and policy-makers, or to move on to further study.

Employability

SSEES Master's graduates with expertise in the politics and societies of Russia and the post-Soviet states have achieved success in both public and private sectors. Career destinations include NGOs, think tanks, risk and business consultancies, diplomacy, government and international organisations, journalism and the media; often – but not always - in roles dealing directly with Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

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 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. 

Modules

Full-time

The taught modules comprise a 30 credit compulsory modules on Russian Politics;  a choice of core modules on aspects of politics and society in Russia and other parts of the former Soviet Union; and  a choice of modules including methodology; the culture and history of Russia and the former USSR; thematic courses dealing with political and social issues in the post-communist world; and a language course in Russian, Ukrainian or Estonian. In addition all students must undertake a free-standing dissertation and a Dissertation Preparation Module.

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 undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Russian and Post-Soviet Politics.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £14,700 £7,350
Tuition fees (2022/23) £26,600 £13,300

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.

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 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Russian and Post-Soviet Politics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen progamme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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.

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