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This Bologna-style two-year Double MA Security Studies with MGIMO, Moscow master’s degree is taught entirely in English. 

On this Double MA Security Studies you will spend year two in Moscow, where you can elect to take a Russian course (this can be a beginner's course). The course consists of the larger British-style modules taught over 20 weeks and smaller modules as taught at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO. The subject area covers general topics in the area of international relations and contemporary international affairs, but allows you to specialise in subjects relating to Russia in an international context or else in more general sub-areas such as diplomacy, media or business economics. No knowledge of Russian necessary.

You will have the opportunity to collaborate with academics who have personal experience of public policy, government departments and international organisations (including NATO), or work as advisers to government (including in the UK, the US, France, Italy and Germany).

You will benefit from the high level of our research, which has been recognised worldwide by visiting professorships at leading universities. 80% of our research impact was rated world leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014).

What will you study?

Modules include:

  • International relations
  • International security studies
  • (Year 2 at MGIMO) Political process in contemporary Russia
  • Foundations of Russia’s foreign policy
  • Russian language module (beginner’s or advanced).

What career can you have?

Our Double MA Security Studies degree aims to prepare our international and versatile student body both for the application of academic ideas to pressing real-world problems and for further graduate study.

Our graduates have gone into many walks of life, from UK Ambassador, military officer, members of the SAS or intelligence analyst, to banker, political analyst, university lecturer, staff college lecturer, journalist, official in an international organisation, or policeman. Others have gone into industry, teaching, local government administration, work for charitable foundations or parliament. Our courses give both a deep understanding of the specific subject matter and a range of transferable skills that can be utilised in a wide variety of future careers.

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Visit the Security Studies (MGIMO, Moscow) Double MA page on the University of Reading website for more details!

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