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Russian, Central & East European Studies (Erasmus Mundus International Masters) [MSc]


Course Description

This programme offers you the unique opportunity to combine a year of study in Glasgow with a year studying overseas (in English) at one of our renowned partner institutions and leads to the award of a double degree or a single degree.

Key facts

• International Master (Double degree/single degree): 24 months full-time;
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Why Glasgow

• If you are interested in the challenges faced by the states and societies of Central and Eastern Europe and their place within the new global security order, this two-year programme is for you.
• The programme has been recognised by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Masters Programme of ‘outstanding academic quality’.
• The Erasmus Mundus label allows the programme to annually grant a substantial number of scholarships (including several full scholarships to non-European students).
• Language and other study trips to the region are available. You will be offered the opportunity to spend a month in Russian. Some financial support is available to help you fund these trips.

Programme Structure

Year 1

You will take two core courses and two optional courses at the University of Glasgow.

Core courses
• Language - Czech, Estonian (tbc), Hungarian, Polish, Russian
• Issues in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
• Research methods for studying Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Optional courses
• Developments in Czech society since 1989
• Gender and identity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia
• Media and democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
• Post-Soviet Russia: renegotiating global and local identities
• Rethinking Central Asian security
• Russian foreign policy
• Statehood and nationality in Central and Eastern Europe
• A maximum of one outside option from an approved subject.

Note: Some courses might not be available every year.

Year 2: study abroad & dissertation

In semester 1 you will attend lectures/seminars at an international partner university and may choose your study programme from a wide range of options. Dissertation topic will have a strong influence on the selection of Year 2 double degree partner. Relevant language options to a maximum of 6 ECTS may also be selected. In semester 2 you will complete a 20,000-25,000 word dissertation.

Erasmus Mundus graduates will receive the official degree of International Masters in Russian, Central & East European Studies and an official degree from one of our partner universities.

Background and Aims

This challenging and innovative programme enables you to understand the history of communism and why it collapsed. You gain an informed knowledge of the process of economic and political transformation in the former communist states.

We want to develop world class researchers specialising in one or more of the following critical geopolitical areas: Central Asia; the Caucasus & Caspian Sea Basin; Russia; Central and Eastern Europe, including the Baltic Sea Region. This should support bodies like the European Union to address the myriad of socio-economic, political and security challenges of the 21st century. Flexible and high quality language training is an essential part of the programme.

You will get international experience in at least two countries, develop your skills in area research and acquire a range of key employability skills through our well-developed placements with associate partners from the business, public policy and third sector communities. You will also participate in conferences, workshops and other socio-cultural events, making the experience truly rewarding.

Career Prospects

You will be prepared for careers in policy-making in government, foreign ministries, the EU, Intergovernmental organisations and non-governmental organisations. Other career opportunities include higher education and business.

Visit the Russian, Central & East European Studies (Erasmus Mundus International Masters) [MSc] page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Aga Khan Foundation - International Scholarship Programme - No. of awards TBC

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to prepare them for employment, primarily within the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master's level courses but may consider applications for PhD programmes, in the case of outstanding students who are highly recommended for doctoral studies by their professors and who need a PhD for the fulfilment of their career objectives (academic or research oriented).
Applications for short-term courses are not considered; neither are applications from students who have already started their course of study.To be eligible applicants must
- Be nationals of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique. May also be considered those originally from these countries but currently living in France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada, who are interested in development-related studies and who have no other means of financing their education.
- Demonstrate consistently excellent academic records
- Show evidence of genuine financial need
- Have obtained admission to a highly reputable university or programme of study
- Establish relevance of the field of study to AKDN’s focus areas
- Provide thoughtful and coherent educational and career plans, their extra-curricular interests and achievements, potential to achieve their goals and likelihood to succeed in a foreign academic environment.
- Have some years of work experience in their field of interest.Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis.
The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only. The cost of travel is not included in AKF scholarships. Funding for PhD programmes is only provided for the first two years of study, after which the students are expected to find alternative sources of assistance. Financial assistance is provided according to the needs of students, but the International Scholarship Programme must be considered a lender of last resort. Preference is given to those who have been able to secure some funding from alternative sources.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% grant : 50% loan basis

Eligibility

- Be nationals of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique. May also be considered those originally from these countries but currently living in France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada, who are interested in development-related studies and who have no other means of financing their education.
- Demonstrate consistently excellent academic records
- Show evidence of genuine financial need
- Have obtained admission to a highly reputable university or programme of study
- Establish relevance of the field of study to AKDN’s focus areas

Application Procedure

Application forms can be obtained as of 1st January from AKF offices or Aga Khan Education Services/Boards in the applicant’s country of current residence.
The application procedures of AKF's International Scholarship Programme are decentralised. Completed applications should be returned to the agency from which the form was obtained. They should not be sent to Geneva.
Applicants should be prepared to be interviewed by local Scholarship Committees about their financial situation, their academic performance, extra-curricular achievements and career plans. Applications and Interview reports of shortlisted candidates are sent to Geneva for the final selection.
The annual Scholarship Selection Meeting takes place in late June or early July and the Aga Khan Foundation notifies all students of the outcome of their application shortly thereafter.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=185


(Scholarship)

College of Social Sciences Graduate School - No. of awards TBC

The College of Social Sciences Graduate School offers a range of scholarships and funding opportunities each year.Check the Postgraduate Research Scholarship website for further information. http://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/socialsciences/studentfundingopportunities/postgraduateresearch/#d.en.190782

Value of Scholarship(s)

Variable

Eligibility

Check the Graduate School website for further information. http://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/socialsciences/studentfundingopportunities/

Application Procedure

Please refer to individual schemes on the College of Social Sciences webpage. http://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/socialsciences/studentfundingopportunities/

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=167


(Scholarship)

The University of Glasgow - James McGill Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The College of Social Sciences has introduced scholarships, available to graduates of McGill University who apply to the Masters programme at the University of Glasgow, commencing in September 2016. The scholarships will be awarded as a tuition fee waiver.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fee waiver

Eligibility

- nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) Canada.
- in the final year of their undergraduate degree or have graduated from McGill University in the last five years.
- hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) of a place for one the programmes above (full-time only, excludes PgDip and PgCert).

Application Procedure

- You must secure an offer (conditional or unconditional) of a place for one of the eligible programmes.
- You should also complete the online form by 15 December 2015 which consists mainly of a 400-word personal motivational statement.
- Following the closing date, a joint Glasgow/McGill panel will select candidates.
- All applicants will be informed of the outcome by 15 January 2016.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=223


(Scholarship)

University of Glasgow Country Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The University of Glasgow award a total of 40 postgraduate scholarships worth £5,000. Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University’s colleges and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

- obtain a degree equivalent to a UK 2.1 Hons or better
- hold an offer of a place for a postgraduate taught programme in any of the 4 University Colleges
- be classed as International students for fee purposes be a National of Brazil Canada Egypt Ghana Indonesia Japan Jordan Kenya Malaysia Nigeria Pakistan South Korea Taiwan Thailand or United States of America

Application Procedure

Applicants will be automatically assessed for a scholarship. Offers will be made to outstanding applicants for our postgraduate taught programmes based on academic merit. There is no separate application form required.Students who have been awarded a scholarship will normally be notified within six weeks of making an application. If you do not hear from us within this time, you should assume you have not been awarded a scholarship.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=150


(Scholarship)

University Trust International Leadership Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The University of Glasgow offer 52 University Trust International Leadership scholarships to international (non-EU) students starting a postgraduate taught Masters programme in any discipline. 12 awards worth £10,000 and 40 awards worth £5000 will be awarded as a tuition fees discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000-£10,000

Eligibility

- demonstrate academic excellence and achieve grades equivalent to UK 1st Class Honours
- hold an offer of a place for a postgraduate taught programme for admission in 2015
- be classed as International students for fee purposes

Application Procedure

Applicants will be automatically assessed for a scholarship. Offers will be made to outstanding applicants for our postgraduate masters programmes based on academic merit. There is no separate application form required.Students who have been awarded a scholarship will normally be notified within six weeks of making an application. If you do not hear from us within this time, you should assume you have not been awarded a scholarship.

Further Information

http://www.gla.ac.uk/t4/international/files/forms/scholarships/view_scholarships.php?scholarship_ID=154



Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject.Applicants from other subject backgrounds, however, will be considered.International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation courses.

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