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The master's programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies draws on Leiden University's status as an international centre of expertise in the study of Russia and Eurasia. This programme explores Russia and the Eurasian world from the perspectives of language, literature and culture, or politics, history and economics.

Learn from leading researchers in the field

This one-year master’s programme explores Russia and the Eurasian world from the perspectives of language, literature and culture, or politics, history and economics. Leiden University's Faculty of Humanities has been studying Russia and the Slavic world since 1913. Scholars from around the world come to Leiden University to study and teach this fascinating field. During your studies, you will learn from our faculty members as well as visiting international scholars.

Flexibility to construct your own programme

A flexible degree format means that you can focus your studies on the region's language, literature and culture, or on its politics, history, international relations and economics. You can also combine elements from the two focus areas. At Leiden we offer courses taught nowhere else in the Netherlands.

International classrooms and internships

An international classroom makes this a particularly rich learning environment for students. A competitive scholarship and internship programme also gives you the opportunity to study or do an internship in Russia, Georgia, or other countries.

Career prospects

An increasing number of companies, non-profit organisations and government institutions are exploring the Russian market as a fertile location for their products and services. This has led to an bigger demand for graduates with expertise in Russia and a solid command of the Russian language. As a graduate of the master’s programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies, you will be qualified to meet this demand, with a range of career prospects that are both directly and indirectly related to your studies.

The master’s programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies degree is a qualification that will open doors to a wide range of careers.

Our graduates have found positions as:

  • Academic staff member for Eastern European collection at an international legal library
  • Political editor at a governmental information service
  • Regional coordinator at a human rights organisation
  • Librarian of Eastern European material at an international legal archive
  • Partner for management and business development at a trading company
  • Junior consultant at a software company
  • Information manager at a network organisation of consultants and policy experts
  • Project manager/policy advisor at a public management association
  • Communications officer at an NGO

Visit the MA Russian and Eurasian Studies page on the Leiden University website for more details!

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