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Russian and Post-Soviet Politics MA

This 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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Tuition fees (2019/20)

UK/EU:
£11,650 (FT) £5,800 (PT)
Overseas:
£21,790 (FT) £11,060 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 15 October 2018
Close: 26 July 2019

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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.

Select your country:

About this degree

This degree offers students 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. Students are also encouraged to learn Russian, Ukrainian or Estonian.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (45 or 60 credits), optional modules (60 or 75 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Compulsory modules

Students take one core module in Russian Politics (30 credits) and either a 15- or 30-credit core module on another aspect of Russian or post-Soviet politics. 

  • Russian Politics
  • Plus at least one chosen from:
  • Baltic Politics and Society
  • Corruption and Governance Causes, Consequences and Control
  • Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
  • Making of Modern Ukraine
  • Post-Soviet Politics
  • Russian Foreign Policy

Optional modules include

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research
  • Understanding Transitional Justice
  • Governance and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis
  • Politics of South-East Europe
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Security, Identity, Polarity
  • Sexuality and Society in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • Understanding and Analysing Data
  • SSEES language module in Russian, Ukrainian or Estonian at beginner's level or at intermediate or advanced level as appropriate

Up to 30 credits from other SSEES MA modules or other approved UCL departments. 

Dissertation/report

All 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, presentations, self-study and specialist language classes. Students are assessed by a variety of methods, including unseen examinations, long essays, coursework and a dissertation.

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.

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

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.

Employability

The programme allows students 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 students well placed to meet the requirements of employers and policy-makers, or to move on to further study.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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. The 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.

Department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"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 Hanley

SSEES
UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies
Staff view

"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 Mole

SSEES
UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies
Staff view

"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

Applications

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.

Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

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

Application deadlines

All applicants
26 July 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

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.

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