The Environment, Politics and Globalisation MA, MSc is an interdisciplinary course offering a unique combination of theoretical and relevant policy subjects to give you indepth knowledge and critical awareness of the politics and geographies shaping environments, both now and in the past. You will examine local case studies as well as global environmental issues, politics and policies from a variety of perspectives to gain a textured understanding of this contested and vital area of study.
The Environment, Politics & Globalisation MA, MSc is a demanding and stimulating course, with an emphasis on developing your analytical and research skills.
You will study Globalisation and the Environment, as well as optional modules covering topics such as Climate: Science and History, Geopolitics, Power and Place, Environmental Actors and Politics, and Disasters and Development. If you choose to follow the MSc research pathway, you will study Advanced Quantitative and Spatial Methods in Human Geography.
The Environment, Politics and Globalisation course is aimed at providing students with an in-depth and critical awareness of the politics and geographies shaping environments at a range of interrelated and ever shifting scales. In this context the course involves a broad and reflexive interpretation of the terms ‘environment’, ‘politics’, and ‘globalisation’. It aims to enable students to develop the skills required to engage with both cutting edge academic literature and grounded policy scenarios so that they can participate in the dynamic and contested environmental arena. These aims are achieved by the unique combination of theoretical and practical modules that draw on staff environmental expertise, along with internships with participating environmental organisations. You will be required to obtain the minimum of 180 credits to complete the course.
If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your course will take two years to complete. You will take the combination of required and optional modules over this period of time, with the dissertation in your second year.
For those seeking to develop their intellectual and practical skills to engage in both academic debates and the practical construction of environmental policy and politics at national and international scales.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Per 20-credit taught module:
Lectures, seminars and feedback: Typically 20 hours
Self-study: 180 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning).
Lectures, seminars and feedback: Usually four dissertation workshops/ tutorials and five contact hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors.
Self-study: 587 hours.
Performance on taught modules in the Geography Department is normally assessed through essays and other written assignments, oral presentations, lab work and occasionally by examination, depending on the modules selected. All students also undertake a research-based dissertation of 12,000 words.
Many of our graduates have gone on to undertake further graduate study. Others have gone on to work as research assistants for international development agencies as well as pursuing careers within government agencies, teaching and journalism.
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.
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.
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
-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
-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.
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.
The SSEES Postgraduate Open Evening will be taking place on 6th December from 5.30pm. It is an informal networking event for prospective MA and Research applicants to meet SSEES staff and students over refreshments. For more information and to register, please visit the following link: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees/open-days
Our MA in Politics & Contemporary History provides you with an advanced critical study of the government and politics of contemporary Britain. It develops the knowledge, techniques and skills relevant to your interests and research needs, and equips you for independent research and analysis and for writing at an advanced level.
You are required to take modules on the Evolution of British Government and British Political History since 1945, as well as choosing from a range of optional modules.
You are given the opportunity to experience the Department of Political Economy’s work with policymakers and politicians through History & Policy, as well as regular research seminars, conferences and other events which you can attend.
The course prepares you for advanced research and/or work in political, policy and related fields.
You will typically have 20 hours per 20-credit taught module, as well as 180 hours of self-study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
For the dissertation module, you will have 8 hours of dissertation supervision to complement the 592 hours of self-study.
Most 20-credit modules are assessed by a 5,000-word essay. The dissertation module is assessed by a 15,000-word dissertation.
After studying this course you can go on to a career in journalism, the civil service, management consultancy, teaching and research.
Our European Studies MA course will give you a detailed understanding of contemporary European politics, history and society. It draws on the expertise of five highly ranked departments and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. You may also take either a French or German pathway, which offer you the opportunity to complete a master’s degree within a year while studying modules abroad.
Through this course, we offer you an in-depth analysis of major scholarly debates in history, politics, political thought, political economy and international relations, both within and beyond the European Union. You will study a range of approaches to the topic on one of the two required modules and then choose from a wide range of specialist modules covering specific regions or issues relating to contemporary Europe, such as EU foreign policy, immigration, economic governance, law, political economy, lobbying and policy making, nationalism and the EU, Russia, the EU and Asia.
If you choose the General Pathway, you will spend your whole time with us. If you choose either the French or German Pathway, you will spend your second semester at either the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris or the
Humboldt Universität in Berlin. Both institutions provide a wide range of modules allowing you to further deepen your knowledge of both European and host country institutions, politics and policies.
The course is ideally suited for anyone with a degree in European Studies, politics, international relations or international political economy. We also welcome recent graduates from other disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences and law, as well as those from a professional background.
The programme is ideally suited to anyone with a degree in European Studies, politics, international relations or international political economy. We also welcome recent graduates from other disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences and law, as well as those from a professional background.
You will have regular contact with our staff, who are world-leading experts in their fields, through lectures, seminars and supervision.
You will have six hours per week of teaching per 10-week term, as well as 34 hours of self-study per week.
If you are studying the part-time course, you will typically have two to four hours per week of lectures, seminars and feedback.
Six hours of dissertation supervision. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. The majority of European and International Studies modules are assessed by a 4,000-word essay, other optional modules may differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a 10,000 word essay.
Doctoral research at King’s or other prestigious universities; employment in government, European Union institutions, international organisations, business and the media.