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Course content

Our Russia in Global Systems MSc focuses on the challenges involved in Russia’s global engagement and integration. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the interlocking reform challenges that have faced Russia in recent decades, comprehensive knowledge of Russian current events and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis, with an emphasis on Russian foreign policy and global policy towards Russia. 

Key benefits

  • The only Russian foreign policy course in the UK embedded in a truly global studies context.
  • Quality research-based teaching in a breadth of fields, with unique opportunities to engage with policy practitioners throughout the course.
  • Unparalleled opportunity to study Russia in a world-spanning context, amidst King’s 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.

Description

As part of King’s Russia Institute’s Russian Policy Studies course, we have designed our MSc in Russia in Global Systems to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to analyse a broad range of contemporary Russian policy challenges in practical and theoretical contexts. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the interlocking social, political and economic challenges that have faced Russia in recent decades, a comprehensive knowledge of Russian 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 study in a relevant field of your choice. Throughout, you will be aware of the comparative context and we will encourage you to use your knowledge of the Russian case to challenge existing global theoretical and policy approaches. 

Course format and assessment

Teaching

You will typically have 20 hours of teaching per 20-credit taught module, as well as 180 hours of self-study 180 hours (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 the 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 amount of credits and your dissertation in your second year; however this can be individually discussed.

Assessment

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

Career destinations for this course typically include:

  • diplomacy
  • international civil service
  • non-governmental organisations
  • media and journalism
  • analytical, research or strategic roles in business, including investment
  • academic research.

Visit the Russia in Global Systems - MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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