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Russian Politics & Society MSc


Course Description

The MSc focuses on contemporary political, economic and social policy challenges. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the interlocking reform challenges that have faced Russia in recent decades, a fluency in Russian current events, and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis.

Key benefits

• Only social-science driven programme on contemporary Russia on offer in London, ideally suited to students seeking analytical roles in business or government, or considering further study at the PhD level.

• Quality research-based teaching in a breadth of fields, with unique opportunities to engage with policy practitioners throughout the taught programme.

• Unparalleled opportunity to study Russia in a world-spanning context, amidst King’s Global Institutes and drawing on King’s 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.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/russian-politics-and-society-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

As part of the King’s Russia Institute’s Russian Policy Studies programme, the MSc in Russian Policy & Society is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to analyze a broad range of contemporary Russian policy challenges in applied settings, as well as the theoretical basis needed for analysis and engagement in broader thematic and geographic contexts. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the interlocking social, political and economic challenges that have faced Russia in recent decades, a fluency in Russian current events and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis. In addition, through students will pursue specialized research and learning in a field of their choosing, deepening their disciplinary and academic grounding. Throughout, students will be aware of the comparative context and encouraged to use their knowledge of the Russian case to challenge existing global theoretical and policy approaches.

- Course purpose -

The MSc in Russian Policy and Society provides students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to analyze a broad range of contemporary Russian policy challenges in applied settings. The programme will appeal to graduates of programmes of Russian/Slavonic studies, and European, energy or security studies, comparative politics, as well as those on other programmes who have developed an interest in Russia within those contexts and/or who anticipate a career involving work in or about Russia.

- Course format and assessment -

Our programme consists of 180 credits: a 60-credit dissertation; 60 credits of taught core modules; and 60 credits of optional modules (20 for all and 40 specialised based on your interest).

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 (up to 14,000 words); a 1,000-word dissertation proposal is required but not assessed.

Career prospects

Analytical, research or strategic roles in business, including investment
Diplomacy, international civil service
Non-governmental organisations
Media and journalism
Academic research

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Russian Politics & Society MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!



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Minimum 2:1 first degree or an equivalent qualification from a British or overseas university. Professional qualifications and experience may be taken into account. A working knowledge of Russian is welcome but not obligatory. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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