Masters degree in Russian & East European Society & Culture offer advanced study of the peoples, movements, institutions and traditions originating from, or associating with, Russia and Eastern Europe.
Related subjects include Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. Entry requirements typically include an appropriate undergraduate degree, such as Modern Languages, Literature, or Cultural Studies.
The traditions of modern Russia and Eastern Europe follow a long history of political, societal and cultural movements, particularly after the divide of the Latin West from the Greek East during the Byzantine Empire.
There are therefore a large range of cultural and societal developments which you may explore. For example, you might observe the emergence of religions such as Orthodox Christianity as a result of the East-West Schism of the 11th century.
Alternatively, you might scrutinise the fall of the Iron Curtain after the end of the Cold War impacted economies, trade and international networks across Eastern Europe.
Careers in this field may include roles in academia and publishing, or the media including journalism. You might even consider positions in government, overseeing for example foreign affairs.
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.
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.
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.
The EU-Russia Studies MA-programme (EURUS) is a unique multidisciplinary programme combining different disciplines such as political science, (comparative politics, international relations) economics, law, history and cultural studies.
After gaining your MA degree from this programme, both public and private sector job offers are open for graduates. Expertise in both EU policy making and Russian politics, combined with in depth historical analysis, supports the graduates in their career development and excellent future prospects.