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Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe - MRes


Course Description

The Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe MRes is a research training degree in methods and approaches for studying politics, economics and society in post-communist Europe including Russia and other post-Soviet states. The MRes is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council and forms part of our one and three year programmes.

Degree information

Students gain a robust multidisciplinary foundation in social science research methods and an introduction to approaches in cultural and historical studies. They develop interdisciplinary and discipline-specific research techniques, as well as language skills oriented towards carrying out research in Eastern Europe.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme is comprised of specialist research methods and/or language training (60 credits), specialist electives (15 credits) and a dissertation (105 credits). In addition, all MRes students are expected to attend internal and external research seminars and workshops.

Core modules
-Quantitative Methods
-Advanced Quantitative Methods
-Advanced Qualitative Methods
-Political Analysis
-Political Sociology
-Understanding and Analysing Data
-SSEES Language (any SSEES MA language course, subject to availability; 30 credits, terms 1&2)

Optional modules
-SSEES Social Sciences Programmes (15 credits)

Dissertation/report
All MRes students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000-18,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, classes and laboratory sessions. Students will be assessed by unseen and written examinations, coursework assignments, essays and the research dissertation.

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 academia. Graduates have gone on to advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-IT Project Manager, Thomson Reuters
-Company Director, D&S Electrics
-PhD Musicology, University of Bristol
-Library Assistant, Royal Holloway, University of London and studying PhD Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, -University of London

Employability
The MRes is intended primarily for applicants planning to do a PhD or MPhil or make a professional career in research and who already have some background in the social sciences.

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 Eastern 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.

Visit the Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe - MRes page on the University College London website for more details!

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Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS) - 5 Awards

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (with funding from the Department for International Development (DFID), and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom.The aim of the scheme is to assist students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. The scheme allows them to benefit from postgraduate study at a university in the United Kingdom which will help them to contribute toward the development of their home countries.Awards are for taught Master's programmes only, subjects must be related to the economic, social and technological development of a candidate's country. UCL expects to be able to allocate five awards this academic year.Applicants must:
- Be nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently be living or studying in a developed country (please see the CSSS information booklet for a list of eligible countries);
- Hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level;
- Be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme;
- Have not previously studied for one year or more in a developed country;
- Not be employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable);
- Be themselves, or through families, unable to pay for the proposed programme of study in the UK;
- Be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.Value, Benefits and Duration
- The award will cover tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, economy air travel to and from the UK at the beginning and end of the scholar’s degree programme plus additional discretionary allowances.
- Awards are normally tenable for one year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)

Eligibility

- Be nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently be living or studying in a developed country (please see the CSSS information booklet for a list of eligible countries);
- Hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level;

Application Procedure

- You must separately apply for admission to UCL for one of the eligible programmes through the standard admissions procedure.
- You must apply for the scholarship on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Electronic Application System (EAS) online following the procedures described on their website.
- In order to be considered for this scholarship at UCL, you must complete the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Electronic Application System (EAS) online: by the deadline of T23:59 (UCT) Sunday, 21 February 2016.

Further Information

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/overs-master/cwss



Entry Requirements

Normally an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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