UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Russian and Post-Soviet Politics MA Structure

Compulsory and Elective Modules for the MA Russian and Post-Soviet Politics MA. All students take 180 credits in total. Please note that elective lists are not exhaustive.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of a core module in Russian Politics (30 credits)' a core option on another aspect of Russian or post-Soviet politics (15 or 30 credits); a research dissertation (60 credits); and additional options to a value of up to 75 credits. 


SEES0085 Russian Politics (30 credits)


SEES0108 Post-Soviet Politics (30 credits)

SEES0080 The Making of Modern Ukraine (30 credits)

SEES0084 Russian Foreign Policy (30 credits)

SEES0081 Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance (30 credits)

SEES0099 Baltic Politics and Society (15 credits)

SEES0091 Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies (15 credits)


SESS0074 Undermining Democracy: Political Manipulation in Comparative Perspective

SEES0103Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research (15 credits)

SEES0120 Democracy and Authoritarianism in Post-communist Europe (15 credits)

SEES0106 Introduction to Discourse Analysis (15 credits)

SEES0083 Quantitative Methods (15 credits)

SEES0095 Advanced Quantitative Methods (15 credits)

SEES0128 Qualitative Methods (15 credits)

SEES0107 Understanding and Analysing Data (15 credits)

SEES0111Sexuality and Society in Russia and Eastern Europe (15 credits)

SEES0087 Security, Identity, Polarity: The Contemporary Debates (30 credits)

SEES0105 Politics of South-Eastern Europe (15 credits)

SEES0119 Understanding 'Transitional Justice' (15 credits)

SEES0101 Governance and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits)

  • 30 credit MA SSEES language course in Russian, Ukrainian or Estonian as a new language or at intermediate or advanced level as appropriate
  • Up to 30 credits from other SSEES MA modules or other approved UCL departments
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All MA students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.