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Course content

Our Eurasian Political Economy & Energy MSc focuses on the political and economic analysis of the extraction, production and export of energy in Eurasia. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the interconnected challenges facing the energy sector – and more broadly political, economic and social actors – in Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Europe, and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis 

Key benefits

  • Rigorous analysis-driven, multi-disciplinary course on the functioning and future of the Russian and Eurasian energy sectors.
  • Quality research-based teaching in a breadth of fields, with unique opportunities to engage with policy practitioners.
  • Unparalleled opportunity to study Russia and Eurasia in a world-spanning context from across our Global Institutes.
  • Draws on our network of connections, including a wide range of academic links with Russian universities and academic organisations, as well as Russian and international businesses, government agencies, international organisations and others.


Our Eurasian Political Economy & Energy MSc is designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to analyse a broad range of contemporary Russian and Eurasian policy challenges. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the interlocking social, political and economic challenges that have faced Russia and Eurasia in recent decades, extensive knowledge of Russian and Eurasian current events and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis. In addition, you will pursue specialised research and learning in a relevant field of your choice. The course will emphasise a comparative perspective throughout, and we will encourage to use your knowledge of the Russian and Eurasian case to challenge existing global theoretical and policy approaches.

Our MSc is part of the Russian Policy Studies.

The Russian Policy Studies course provides you with a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

  • The history of social, political and economic change in post-Soviet Russia.
  • Key challenges facing political, economic and other social actors across sectors and topics in Russia today.
  • Practical approaches to the collection and analysis of empirical data relevant to policy or academic puzzles in the Russian context and beyond.
  • The perspectives of policy practitioners professionally engaged with Russia
  • The policy-relevant implications of real and potential developments for policymakers and other relevant actors in the UK, Europe or elsewhere.

Additionally, our MSc Eurasian Political Economy & Energy course will focus on:

  • Energy and natural resources as a factor in domestic and international processes, including a critical analysis of the ‘resource curse’ argument.
  • The role of natural resources in the economic and political development of resourceabundant countries.
  • The application of political economy theories and approaches to themes of economic policymaking in resource-rich countries.
  • The utility of national statistical and budgetary data for enhancing research on economic policymaking.

This course will appeal to if you are a graduate of politics, economics and energy-related studies, Russian and European studies programmes, or if you studied a different course but you have developed an interest in Russian and Eurasian energy and/or you are seeking a career involving work in the sector.

Course format and assessment


You will typically have 20 hours per 20-credit taught module as well as 180 hours of self-study (some modules may

involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning). Typically one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

For the dissertation module, you will have 16 contact hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors and workshops to complement 584 hours of self-study and project work.

If you are taking the part-time course, you will take at least 60 credits of required modules during your first year, and take the remaining credits and your dissertation in your second year, although this can be individually discussed with the student.


Russia Institute modules will be assessed by essays, other written work (including policy briefs and memoranda, scenario analyses and models), timed written exams, in-class quizzes and presentations, and class participation and attendance.

Most 20-credit modules will have a volume of assessment equivalent to a 4,000-word essay, but this may be distributed over several different assessments.

The dissertation module assessment will be 100 per cent on the dissertation itself (14,000 words); a 1,000-word dissertation proposal is required but not assessed. Assessment of modules from other departments/institutes may vary.

Career prospects

You will develop skills and knowledge over the duration of this course which will make you more attractive to a range of employers. Our graduates have gone on to careers in analytical, research or strategic roles in business, particularly the energy sector, in diplomacy, international civil service, non-governmental organisations, media and journalism and to further academic research.

Visit the Eurasian Political Economy & Energy - MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!






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