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Course content

This new Master’s programme is designed to respond to the growing strategic importance of Russia and the former Soviet Union and meet the emerging demand for area-focused academic training. The programme focuses on the unique and challenging political and social environment of the region and students gain valuable analytical and research skills.

Degree information

This degree offers students a structured, focused programme as well as flexibility to pursue individual interests. Study of Russian and post-Soviet politics is supplemented by a wide range of options on other regions of the former Soviet Union and broad thematic issues such as corruption and governance, ethno-political conflict, sexual identity and security. Students are also encouraged to learn Russian, Ukrainian or Estonian.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (45 credits), optional modules (75 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules - students take one core module in Russian Politics (30 credits) and either a 15 or 30 credit core module on another aspect of Russian or post-Soviet politis.
-Russian Politics

Plus at least one chosen from:
-Baltic Politics and Society
-Corruption and Governance Causes, Consequences and Control
-Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies
-Making of Modern Ukraine
-Post-Soviet Politics
-Russian Foreign Policy

Optional modules include:
-Advanced Quantitative Methods
-Being Soviet: Typologies of Soviet Identity in Russian Cinema 1917-1956
-Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research
-Contemporary Russian Cinema and Society since the Collapse of the Soviet Union: The Journey into the Unknown
-Ethno-political Conflict in Central and Eastern Europe
-Governance and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe
-Introduction to Discourse Analysis
-Politics of South-East Europe
-Qualitative Methods
-Quantitative Methods
-Security, Identity, Polarity
-Sexuality and Society in Russia and Eastern Europe
-Understanding and Analysing Data
-SSEES language module in Russian, Ukrainian or Estonian at beginner's level or at intermediate or advanced level as appropriate

All 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, presentations, self-study and specialist language classes. Students are assessed by a variety of methods, including unseen examinations, long essays, course work and a dissertation.


SSEES Master's graduates with expertise in the politics and societies of Russia and the post-Soviet states have achieved success in both public and private sectors. Career destinations include NGOs, think tanks, risk and business consultancies, diplomacy, government and international organisations, journalism and the media; often – but not always - in roles dealing directly with Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

The programme allows students to develop a blend of specialist area knowledge, analytical expertise and language skills tailored to their individual interests and requirements. The programme – together with regular workshops and events such as the weekly Post-Soviet Press Group discussion forum - provides opportunities to develop understanding of current developments in Russia and the post-Soviet region alongside deeper theoretical and historical insights into their politics and societies. This skill set leaves students well placed to meet the requirements of employers and policy-makers, or to move on to further study.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is a world-leading specialist institution, and the largest UK centre, for the study of Russia and the post-Soviet region.

The school has superb research facilities and can point to expertise in a range of disciplines, including language training. The SSEES Library, in particular, is unequalled in Britain in the scope and size of its specialist collections.

Our central London location, regular workshops and events, and close links with employers and alumni afford excellent opportunities for networking and career development.

Visit the Russian and Post-Soviet Politics - MA page on the University College London website for more details!





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