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.
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).
Central and East European Studies
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).
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.
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).
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 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Students who have completed the course have gone into teaching, commerce, financial services, translating, postgraduate study and other occupations.
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.
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.
Those who have completed the course have gone into teaching, commerce, financial services, translating, postgraduate study and other occupations.