• Interdisciplinary study of this culturally rich and diverse region (the eastern half of the European Union, the Balkans, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia) combining the fields of history, politics, and international relations, peace and security studies, languages and literature, and other aspects of artistic representations.
• The summer preceding the taught element can be spent acquiring an appropriate language (i.e. Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Slovenian, Serbo-Croatian, Albanian, Macedonian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Greek, Ukrainian, Belarusian or Russian) with the help of the School of History’s Language Bursary Scheme.
• A wide range of taught postgraduate modules focusing on International Relations, History, Art History as well as Russian language and literature.
• Option of a Directed Reading module (tailored individual course of study) in order to engage with a research field of specific individual interests with the support of a specialist member of staff.
There are no compulsory modules for this programme; the specific taught modules will be chosen in consultation with staff at the beginning of the programme.
The University of St Andrews, as a small institution with a strong unified academic community, is exceptionally well placed to offer students the benefits of interdisciplinary studies. In the contemporary complex world students need to be prepared to call upon a strong background incorporating skills and a wider academic knowledge which crosses the boundaries of the traditional subject silos. Students taking one of our interdisciplinary degrees can be exposed to excellent academic researchers at the forefront of their discipline and will benefit from the rich dialogue that results from a diverse postgraduate class setting.
Graduates from these programmes can expect to have developed effective communication skills, intercultural understanding and the ability to critically analyse information to solve complex interdisciplinary problems. These strengths are valued by future employers and are equally valuable to those wishing to pursue a research career with an interdisciplinary aspect.
* Unique opportunities to study interdisciplinary subjects in an environment where academics regularly exchange ideas and develop interdisciplinary debate through a vibrant and active seminar, workshop and conference programme.
* An excellent Special Collections library resource.
* Our teaching arises from a foundation of world-class research.
* In our historic town, the academic disciplines are nestled side-by-side stimulating a thriving environment of intellectual discussion between postgraduates, undergraduates and academic staff.