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Masters Degrees in Russian & East European Languages

We have 16 Masters Degrees in Russian & East European Languages

Masters degrees in Russian & East European Languages equip postgraduates with the skills to critically analyse and understand the development, morphology and usage of languages originating from, or associated with, Russia and Eastern Europe.

Related postgraduate specialisms include Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Language and Literature or Cultural Studies.

Why study a Masters in Russian & East European Languages?

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This is an advanced and progressive programme that presents you with a unique opportunity to understand historical and contemporary developments in the economy, politics, culture, and society of Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Read more

This is an advanced and progressive programme that presents you with a unique opportunity to understand historical and contemporary developments in the economy, politics, culture, and society of Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Why this programme

  • This programme is for those planning careers in government, global and local media, and international organisations, who wish to acquire a specialised knowledge of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia and proficiency in one of the region’s languages.
  • Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia are some of the world’s most intriguing regions right now: think of politics, migration, and energy. You can learn about this region, its history, and its languages.
  • You will have the unique opportunity to study in one of the world’s leading centres in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, with teaching staff who have first-hand knowledge of the region and deliver cutting edge courses on politics and society in the region.
  • The University Library holds one of the best Russian, Central and East European collections in the world.

Programme Structure

You will take four core courses and one optional course, as well as complete a dissertation as a piece of independent research. You will select a specialist pathway, which includes a specialist core courses and a language. (Choices vary depending on pathway). 

Core courses

All pathways

  • Issues in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies
  • Research methods for studying Russia, Eastern Europe & Eurasia

Central and East European Studies 

  • Geopolitics of Central and Eastern Europe OR Statehood and nationality in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Language options: Czech, Hungarian OR Polish

Russian Studies

  • Gender and identity in Soviet & Post-Soviet Russia OR Russian foreign policy
  • Language: Russian

Eurasian Studies

  • Contested states: The South Caucasus after 1991 OR Rethinking Central Asian security
  • Language options: Russian OR Chinese

Optional courses may include

  • Contested states: The South Caucasus since 1991
  • De facto states in the Post-Soviet space
  • 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
  • Rethinking Central Asian security
  • Russian foreign policy
  • Statehood and nationality in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe
  • The geopolitics of Central Europe.

Career Prospects

Many of our graduates have gone on to establish careers as lecturers and researchers at universities in the UK, Norway, Greece, Italy, and Poland or have become secondary school teachers. Our graduates have also been very successful in establishing careers with organisations such as BBC World Service, British Army, British Civil Service, British Council, Centre for Defence Information (Moscow), Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde (Glasgow), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London), Jamestown Foundation (Washington D.C), KPMG, Ministry of Defence, UK, Open Society Foundation (Bratislava), Open Society Institute (Budapest), Operation Mobilisation, Czech Republic and the Trust for Civil Society in Central & Eastern Europe (Warsaw).



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This MA is one of the most wide-ranging programmes of its kind, offering a rich variety of modules on the region, ranging from the premodern period to the 21st century, from Russia and Poland to the Czech Republic and Croatia, and from film and philosophy to literature and cultural studies. Read more

This MA is one of the most wide-ranging programmes of its kind, offering a rich variety of modules on the region, ranging from the premodern period to the 21st century, from Russia and Poland to the Czech Republic and Croatia, and from film and philosophy to literature and cultural studies.

About this degree

Students develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of aspects of Russian and/or east European literature and culture, including art, film, philosophy, and linguistics. They gain key research skills, enabling them to solve problems of conflicting sources or interpretations, locate primary and secondary materials, and use research aids and resources effectively.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core module

  • Literary and Cultural Theory

Optional modules

Students take up to 90 credits of optional modules. Subject to approval, elective modules up to the value of 30 credits may be taken from other SSEES MA Programmes or from other UCL MA Programmes.

  • All Quiet on the Eastern Front: Culture, Politics and Everyday Life in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Beyond Stereotypes: The Jews in Polish Culture
  • Introduction to Hermeneutics: How to Read and Interpret Texts
  • Contemporary Cultural Studies: Between Post-Communism & Post-Modernism
  • Freedom Death and Love: Polish Fiction 1918-2005 (language prerequisite)
  • How to Read/Interpret Texts: Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • Literatures of Rupture: Modernism in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • The 19th-Century Russian Novel
  • The Reflecting Screen: Russian and Soviet Cinema in its Cultural Context, 1896 to the Present
  • Language Modules
  • Russian Monarchy: Court Ritual and Political Ideas, 1498-1917
  • Comparative Literary Studies
  • Translation Studies

Dissertation/report

All MA 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, tutorials, presentations, film viewings and private study. Students are assessed by a variety of methods, including unseen examinations, long essays, coursework and the research dissertation.

Detailed module information

See full details of modules for this programme.

Funding

AHRC Scholarships may be available.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

With their specialist knowledge and language skills, SSEES Master's graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academe. Some of our graduates advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Account Executive, Testify
  • Headhunter, Proco Global
  • DPhil in Modern Languages, University of Oxford
  • Public Relations (PR) Assistant, Indie Ray
  • Language Producer, Unspecified Language Production Company

Employability

Students who have successfully completed the programme have progressed to further academic research on the region, or have obtained employment in such organisations as the European Parliament and the Ministry of Defence, as well as roles in business, think tanks, NGOs, or similar, both in Britain and abroad. Networking is facilitated by two major collaborations led by SSEES: CEELBAS and the International Master's (IMESS). Scholarships, internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region provide further benefits.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is a world-leading specialist institution, and the largest national centre in the UK, for the study of central, Eastern and south-east Europe and Russia.

Located on the edge of Bloomsbury, SSEES offers an ideal location for scholars. The British Library, British Museum, University of London Library and other similar research centres are all close by.

The SSEES Library is unequalled in Britain for the depth and breadth of its collections, the majority of which are on open access in the SSEES building.



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The programme offers ESRC accredited training in language-based area studies, as well as advanced training in qualitative and quantitative methods; specialised area studies research training; and language training in one of the region’s languages. Read more
The programme offers ESRC accredited training in language-based area studies, as well as advanced training in qualitative and quantitative methods; specialised area studies research training; and language training in one of the region’s languages.

Why this programme

◾The programme is intended for those who wish to pursue a research-based career in the region, with or without the completion of a PhD.
◾Language and other study trips to the region are available. You will be offered the opportunity to spend a month in Russia. Some financial support is available to help you fund these trips.
◾Annual scholarships are available for the language-based area studies pathways on a 2+3 (MRes + intensive language training to advanced level + PhD), 1+3 (MRes or intensive language training to advanced level + PhD) and +3 (PhD only) models, depending on your prior qualifications.
◾The University Library holds one of the best Russian, Central and East European collections in the world.
◾We have active postgraduate training links with thirteen overseas partner institutions in eleven countries. They visit to provide research master classes and participate in seminars.

Programme structure

You will take five core courses and submit a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation.

Core courses

◾Language (Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian)
◾Qualitative methods
◾Research methods for studying Russia and Central and Eastern Europe
◾Social science statistics 1
◾Social science statistics 2 OR Advanced qualitative methods.

Note: Some languages and courses might not be available every year. You may also be able to choose from courses in the other subjects in the School of Social & Political Sciences. Language training is offered over a range of levels from beginners to advanced. If you are a native speaker or have a degree in one of the region’s languages, you will take an additional course instead.

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Russian can offer you a friendly, stimulating and supportive community of postgraduate students. Our research has been internationally acknowledged for its quality. Read more

Russian can offer you a friendly, stimulating and supportive community of postgraduate students.

Our research has been internationally acknowledged for its quality. Research staff in Russian are actively involved in many UK and international research partnerships and projects, including the ARHC-sponsored project on the Russian 20th-century poetry canon in the post-Soviet period.

Supervision is offered in the broad field of Russian Studies including research areas related to the study of social, political and cultural perspectives on Russian language; the study of Russian literature; media; culture; film studies; theatre studies and comparative literature.

Your research can be linked with various taught MSc programmes (Comparative Literature, Theatre and Performance Studies, and Film Studies), allowing you to extend your research range. Research can also benefit from links with the Translation Studies research group.

Training and support

The flagship of our research is the unique Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, an internationally recognised hub with a focus on the Russian language in its social and cultural contexts. The Centre hosts an array of research activity including conferences, workshops, lectures and postgraduate seminars.

Facilities

The University has an excellent library and computing facilities in both English and Russian. Postgraduate students can also use the National Library of Scotland.

You will also have access to Russian TV channels, a rich collection of Russian books, journals and electronic resources, and of course the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre.



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This is an intensive programme in Russian language for graduates in other subjects who would find a thorough knowledge of Russian an asset in their chosen field. Read more
This is an intensive programme in Russian language for graduates in other subjects who would find a thorough knowledge of Russian an asset in their chosen field.

Why this programme

◾The programme caters for those who have no prior knowledge of the language. You will undertake a period of study abroad at a partner institution where Russian is spoken.

Programme structure

This programme is designed as preparation for employment related to Russia or the Russian-speaking countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS); or research activities in history, sociology, politics and economy that deal with Russia and CIS-related themes. Students who intend to work in Russia or need Russian in relation to their work will receive appropriate provision of language in connection with their specific area-based knowledge.

The programme combines classroom and distance tuition in intermediate-level Russian language over two semesters. Students are also ordinarily expected to undertake a designated period of study abroad at a partner institution in the Russian Federation or another country where Russian is spoken.

The programme comprises four discrete elements or blocks, imparting grammar, reading, translation and oral skills
◾Classroom teaching at Glasgow
◾Interactive activities, exercises and tests placed on the programme Moodle site
◾Intensive teaching block at the partner institution abroad in Semester 2

Career prospects

Students who have completed the course have gone into teaching, commerce, financial services, translating, postgraduate study and other occupations.

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This is an intensive programme in Russian Language for graduates in other subjects who would find an extensive knowledge of Russian an asset in their chosen field. Read more
This is an intensive programme in Russian Language for graduates in other subjects who would find an extensive knowledge of Russian an asset in their chosen field.

Why this programme

◾The programme caters for those who have no prior knowledge of the language and uses online and distance resources as well as classroom teaching and includes a period of study at a language school in Russia.

Programme structure

The programme is designed as preparation for employment related to Russia or the Russian-speaking countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS); or research activities in history, sociology, politics, economy that deal with Russia and CIS-related themes. Those students who intend to work in Russia or need Russian in relation to their work will receive appropriate provision of language in connection with their specific area-based knowledge.

This programme is designed in a blended (classroom and distance learning) format. It comprises classroom teaching; tuition via internet media as well as intensive use of Moodle based interactive exercises and tests. It makes full use of dedicated text books, printed and internet media. Students will also benefit from a dedicated period of study abroad at a partner institution which is a part of the course in Russian Language.

The content of this programme combines three layers – linguistic, cultural and socio-political which gives the student multifaceted language skills and knowledge about the country and the people.

These skills are to be developed through a variety of different learning activities and assessment tasks: classroom sessions, elements of distance learning, interactive Moodle exercises and self-study.

Core courses
◾Russian for Social Scientists (Beginners)
◾Certificate course in Russian Language
◾Writing project on Russia.

Career prospects

Those who have completed the course have gone into teaching, commerce, financial services, translating, postgraduate study and other occupations.

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The MA Policy and Practice in Basic Skills Education (Literacy) is for teachers, trainers, team leaders and heads of department/section who work in the field of basic skills education. Read more
The MA Policy and Practice in Basic Skills Education (Literacy) is for teachers, trainers, team leaders and heads of department/section who work in the field of basic skills education.

The course will support your professional development and enhance your career prospects by extending your existing knowledge in the field. It includes the study of issues that impact on adult literacy provision, an examination of literacy practices, a study of the history of adult literacy provision, and considers literacy in under-represented groups within the post-compulsory sector.

You will have the opportunity to carry out research into an area of literacy provision that is relevant to your practice and examine how theoretical principles inform and enhance this practice. All aspects of your research and study will be underpinned by ethical principles.

What you will learn

The course will enhance your existing knowledge of the field of literacy education and examine ways in which practice can be developed and improved in the light of literacy education theories.

You will have the opportunity to share your experiences and observations as basic skills practitioners and will research, critique and analyse UK and international practices and principles.

You will also increase your knowledge of the historical development of literacy teaching and the impact of policies on standards and achievement. The course will give you the opportunity to debate and analyse theories and their potential impact on practice.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad

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This innovative international programme offers you the unique opportunity to undertake study (in English) and research in at least three different countries at our renowned partner institutions, culminating in the award of a multiple degree according to your chosen pathway. Read more
This innovative international programme offers you the unique opportunity to undertake study (in English) and research in at least three different countries at our renowned partner institutions, culminating in the award of a multiple degree according to your chosen pathway.

Why this programme

◾If you are interested in the challenges faced by the states and societies of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia and their place within the new global order, this two-year programme is for you.
◾Guaranteed placements at external organisations are included under each pathway.
◾The programme is delivered by leading experts in their specialist areas of research.
◾Language tuition is available throughout the progamme.
◾The programme builds upon the foundations of the successful IntM in Russian, Central and East European Studies double degree which was recognised by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Master Course of ‘outstanding academic quality’.

Programme structure

The programme is structured around three predefined mobility periods at three different universities across Europe, Russia, and Eurasia. Also included is a fourth flexible mobility period during which you will undertake independent study. The mobility periods are designed to enable you to engage with a variety of perspectives on the programme’s core themes.
A research proposal submitted at the end of semester 1 in year 1 will determine future mobility patterns and study pathway diversification in semester 2. In year 2 you will continue under the same study pathway. The research proposal will have a strong influence on the allocation of the year 2 pathway partner, where you will undertake coursework plus a placement at an external organisation.

Year 1– semester 1

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University of Tartu

[[Core courses

 Introduction to Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
 Language – Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Estonian OR Russian
 Social sciences methodology.

Optional courses (1 chosen)

 Baltic history and politics
 Comparative ethnopolitics
 Conflict management and resolution
 Elections and political behaviour
 Foreign policy analysis
 International relations
 Political and social change
 Post-communism
 The politics of history & memory.

Year 1 – semester 2

University of Glasgow
You will select a specialist pathway.

Core courses

Central and East European Studies
 Geopolitics of Central and Eastern Europe OR Statehood and nationality in Central and Eastern Europe
 Language: Czech, Hungarian OR Polish
Russian Studies
 Russian foreign policy OR Post-Soviet Russia: Renegotiating global and local identities
 Language: Russian
Eurasian Studies
 Contested states: The South Caucasus after 1991 OR Rethinking Central Asian security
 Language: Russian
Optional courses (1 chosen)
 Contested States: The South Caucasus after 1991
 De-facto states in the post-Soviet space
 Developments in Czech society since 1989
 Gender and identity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia
 Media and democratisation in CEE and the former Soviet Union
 Rethinking Central Asian security
 Russian foreign policy
 Statehood and nationality in Central & Eastern Europe
 The geopolitics of Central & Eastern Europe.
Note: Courses may not be available every year

Summer school

Focusing on research methods (not credit-bearing)
Year 2 – semester 1
Central and East European Studies
Russian Studies
Eurasian Studies
Year 2 – semester 2
You will continue on the mobility pattern started in semester 1. One-year study mobilities in the region are aimed at strengthening the language skills acquired during Year 1 in Tartu & Glasgow. You will complete your dissertation under the principle supervision of the pathway partner institution, with Glasgow and Tartu as co-supervisors.

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.

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The master's programme trains students to be cultural mediators (translators, administrators, editors, etc.) by providing knowledge and skills in a modern or classical language and culture. Read more
The master's programme trains students to be cultural mediators (translators, administrators, editors, etc.) by providing knowledge and skills in a modern or classical language and culture. Students choose one of the following specialities: 1) Classical philology 2) English language and literature 3) French language and literature 4) German language and literature 5) Russian and Slavic philology 6) Scandinavian languages and literature 7) Spanish language and literature

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The MLitt in Russian Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the Department of Russian in the School of Modern Languages. The programme combines guided and independent study of some of the most notable Russian writers and ideas from the nineteenth century to the present day. Read more

The MLitt in Russian Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the Department of Russian in the School of Modern Languages. The programme combines guided and independent study of some of the most notable Russian writers and ideas from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Highlights

  • Students receive training in theoretical and methodological issues relevant to their area of studies.
  • Small group tuition in subjects that correspond to particular teaching and research strengths at St Andrews.
  • Students have the opportunity to study in depth a topic of their choice and to build on this in the form of a 15,000-word dissertation.

Teaching format

The taught portion of the course consists of five compulsory modules involving literary theory, research skills, and Russian literature and culture. Classes are delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and fortnightly tutorials, with class sizes ranging from individual one-to-one teaching up to 20 students. Modules are assessed through coursework; there are no final exams for this programme.

You will spend the summer months focusing on researching and writing a final dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.

Modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.



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This is an intensive programme in Russian language for graduates in other subjects who would find a thorough knowledge of Russian an asset in their chosen field. Read more

This is an intensive programme in Russian language for graduates in other subjects who would find a thorough knowledge of Russian an asset in their chosen field.

Why This Programme

  • The programme caters for those who have no prior knowledge of the language. You will undertake a period of study abroad at a partner institution where Russian is spoken.

Programme Structure

This programme is designed as preparation for employment related to Russia or the Russian-speaking countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS); or research activities in history, sociology, politics and economy that deal with Russia and CIS-related themes. Students who intend to work in Russia or need Russian in relation to their work will receive appropriate provision of language in connection with their specific area-based knowledge.

The programme combines classroom and distance tuition in intermediate-level Russian language over two semesters. Students are also ordinarily expected to undertake a designated period of study abroad at a partner institution in the Russian Federation or another country where Russian is spoken.

The programme comprises four discrete elements or blocks, imparting grammar, reading, translation and oral skills

  • Classroom teaching at Glasgow
  • Interactive activities, exercises and tests placed on the programme Moodle site
  • Intensive teaching block at the partner institution abroad in Semester 2

Career Prospects

Students who have completed the course have gone into teaching, commerce, financial services, translating, postgraduate study and other occupations.



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This is an intensive programme in Russian Language for graduates in other subjects who would find an extensive knowledge of Russian an asset in their chosen field. Read more

This is an intensive programme in Russian Language for graduates in other subjects who would find an extensive knowledge of Russian an asset in their chosen field.

Why This Programme

  • The programme caters for those who have no prior knowledge of the language and uses online and distance resources as well as classroom teaching and includes a period of study at a language school in Russia.

Programme Structure

The programme is designed as preparation for employment related to Russia or the Russian-speaking countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS); or research activities in history, sociology, politics, economy that deal with Russia and CIS-related themes. Those students who intend to work in Russia or need Russian in relation to their work will receive appropriate provision of language in connection with their specific area-based knowledge.

This programme is designed in a blended (classroom and distance learning) format. It comprises classroom teaching; tuition via internet media as well as intensive use of Moodle based interactive exercises and tests. It makes full use of dedicated text books, printed and internet media. Students will also benefit from a dedicated period of study abroad at a partner institution which is a part of the course in Russian Language.

The content of this programme combines three layers – linguistic, cultural and socio-political which gives the student multifaceted language skills and knowledge about the country and the people.

These skills are to be developed through a variety of different learning activities and assessment tasks: classroom sessions, elements of distance learning, interactive Moodle exercises and self-study.

Core courses

  • Russian for Social Scientists (Beginners)
  • Certificate course in Russian Language 
  • Writing project on Russia.

Career Prospects

Those who have completed the course have gone into teaching, commerce, financial services, translating, postgraduate study and other occupations.



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This Postgraduate course embeds the learning and teaching in a graduate introduction to social science philosophies and methods in the study of the Asia Pacific while also giving students the opportunity to study one of the region’s main languages at a relevant level at the same time. Read more

This Postgraduate course embeds the learning and teaching in a graduate introduction to social science philosophies and methods in the study of the Asia Pacific while also giving students the opportunity to study one of the region’s main languages at a relevant level at the same time.

The course introduces students to a wide range of materials on the society, economy, politics and international relations of the region. It is founded in the development of critical analysis of these materials. This course is taught by staff from across UCLan’s Asia Pacific Studies team, including from the International Institute of Korean Studies, which works within a global network of influential academics, diplomats, journalists and public policy officials who work on countries around the Asia Pacific.

The course will provide students with a comparative advantage in journalism, diplomacy, international organisations, NGOs, and global business of gaining knowledge and expertise, in the international relations of East Asia. As a dominate force within the world economy, it also contains some of the world’s most pressing security issues. This course is designed so that on completion, the student will have studied relevant subjects and have the necessary skills for the preparation of doctoral research.

Students will study using the latest industry-standard equipment in our professional interpreting suites and will have access to our state-of-the-art Learning Centre, where interactive video, satellite TV, computers, and other self-study audio and video materials are available on an open access basis. Our students can study additional languages using the digital technologies including Rosetta Stone.

Increasing interests of international society in the Asia Pacific region will be an asset for our students to look for their career paths. The strong support from policy makers in the UK for Asia Pacific Studies at UCLan will also provide positive networking opportunities to our students that will, in turn, facilitate prospects of employability.

At the same time, our activities and programmes, which are currently under development, such as internships at research institutions or international organisations, and exchange studentship will contribute to job seeking exercises of our students.



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