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Our Russian Politics & Society MSc focuses on contemporary political, economic and social policy challenges. You will gain detailed knowledge of the interconnected reform 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.

Key benefits

  • One of the only social-science driven courses on contemporary Russia on offer in London.
  • Quality research-based teaching in a breadth of fields, with unique opportunities to engage with policy practitioners throughout the taught course.
  • The 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 Russian Politics & Society 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.

Our Russian Policy Studies course provides you with a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

  • The history of social, political and economic change in post-Soviet Russia.
  • Key challenges facing political, economic and other social actors in today’s Russia.
  • Practical approaches to the collection and analysis of empirical data relevant to policy or academic puzzles in the Russian context and beyond.
  • The perspectives of policy practitioners professionally engaged with Russia.
  • Policy-relevant implications of developments and possible developments for policymakers and other relevant actors in the UK, Europe or elsewhere.

Additionally, our MSc Russian Politics & Society course will focus on:

  • The complexity of and connections between social, political and economic processes in changing societies such as Russia.
  • Theoretical and practical approaches to the analysis of processes of social, political and economic change.
  • The comparative relevance of the Russian experience for the study of social, political and economic processes elsewhere in the world.

Our course will particularly appeal if you are a graduate of Russian/Slavonic studies, European, energy or security studies, comparative politics, or another course and have developed an interest in Russia and/or if you are looking for a career involving work in or about Russia.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Contemporary Russian Politics & Policy (40 credits)
  • Practice of Policymaking in Contemporary Russia (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

In addition, you are required to take the following module:

  • Governance & Economic Growth in Transition (20 credits)

You are also required to take one of the following

modules:

  • Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia (20 credits)

or

  • New & Emerging Security Threats in Post-Soviet Eurasia (20 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take one 20 credit module from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • European Identities & the EU (20 credits)
  • Corruption (20 credits)
  • Power & Social Conflict (20 credits)
  • Communicating in Crisis: State-Citizen Relations in Societies under Stress (20 credits) 

Career prospects

Our graduates use the skills and knowledge they develop over this course to excel in careers in diplomacy, the international civil service, non-governmental organisations, media and journalism, analytical and research or strategic roles in business, including investment. Others have continued their research to further study.

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