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This MA provides an opportunity to study political and social developments in post-communist Europe in breadth and depth, acquiring a mix of in-depth knowledge, analytical and research skills, and theoretical understanding. Regions covered include central and Eastern Europe, the western Balkans and most parts of the former Soviet Union.

Degree information

The programme tackles issues such as democracy and authoritarianism, corruption, ethno-political conflict, foreign policy and security in both thematic and area/country-oriented modules. Students are able to either focus on one region or to study regions across the post-communist world. All students take a core module in political analysis and have the option of learning Russian or another East European language.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules - students take two core modules of 15 credits each, one of which much be 'Political Analysis'
-Political Analysis

And at least one chosen from:
-Qualitative Methods
-Understanding and Analysing Data
-Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research
-Introduction to Discourse Analysis
-Quantitative Methods
-Advanced Quantitative Methods

Optional modules - choose from a list including the following:
-Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance
-Ethnopolitical Conflict in Central and Eastern Europe
-Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
-Making of Modern Ukraine
-Nation, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe
-Russian Politics
-Security, Identity, Polarity
-Governance and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe
-Russian Foreign Policy
-Baltic Politics and Society

Dissertation/report
All MA 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 and classes. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods: unseen examinations, long essays, course work and the research dissertation.

Careers

With their specialist knowledge and language skills, SSEES Master's graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academia.

Some graduates advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Parliamentary Researcher, Houses of Parliament
-DPhil Sociology, University of Oxford
-Reporter, Bloomberg L.P
-Research Associate, BCG (The Boston Consulting Group)
-Senior Associate, Business Intelligence Services, Deloitte Forensic UK

Employability
The range of modules offered allows students either to focus on one region or to study regions across the post-communist world. The MA opens up a range of opportunities and previous graduates from this programme have gone on to work in think tanks; political parties; national, European and international private and public sector organisations; and in the media and in NGOs as political analysts. Other graduates have gone on to further academic study. Networking is facilitated by two major collaborations led by SSEES: CEELBAS and the International Master's (IMESS). Scholarships, internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region provide further benefits.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is a world-leading specialist institution, and the largest national centre in the UK, for the study of central, Eastern and south-east Europe and Russia.

Our MA allows you to study the political development of the region in unparalleled breadth and depth and to develop analytical and research capabilities, language skills and practical insights.

Our nationally unequalled specialist library and central London location provide an ideal environment for research, while our close contacts with employers, policy-makers and alumni afford excellent opportunities for networking and career development.

Visit the Political Analysis (Russia and Eastern Europe) - MA page on the University College London website for more details!

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