Taught course

Russian Policy & Society

King's College London · King's College London

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 first degree or an equivalent qualification from a British or overseas university. Professional qualifications and experience may be taken into account.

Months of entry


Course content

he MSc in Russian Policy and Society provides students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to analyse a broad range of contemporary Russian policy challenges in applied settings. The programme will appeal to graduates of programmes of Russian/Slavonic studies, and European, energy or security studies, comparative politics, as well as those on other programmes who have developed an interest in Russia within those contexts and/or who anticipate a career involving work in or about Russia.

As part of the King’s Russia Institute’s Russian Policy Studies programme, the MSc in Russian Policy & Society is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to analyze a broad range of contemporary Russian policy challenges in applied settings, as well as the theoretical basis needed for analysis and engagement in broader thematic and geographic contexts. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the interlocking social, political and economic challenges that have faced Russia in recent decades, a fluency in Russian current events and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis. In addition, through students will pursue specialized research and learning in a field of their choosing, deepening their disciplinary and academic grounding. Throughout, students will be aware of the comparative context and encouraged to use their knowledge of the Russian case to challenge existing global theoretical and policy approaches.

The Russian Policy Studies programme provides students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

  • The history of social, political and economic change in post-Soviet Russia;
  • Key challenges facing political, economic and other social actors across sectors and topics in Russia today;
  • Practical approaches to the collection and analysis of empirical data relevant to policy or academic puzzles in the Russian context and beyond;
  • The perspectives of policy practitioners professionally engaged with Russia; and
  • Policy-relevant implications of empirical developments and potentialities for policymakers and other relevant actors in the UK, Europe or elsewhere.

Additionally, the MSc Russian Policy & Society degree will focus on:

  • The complexity and interrelatedness of social, political and economic processes in societies in flux, such as Russia;
  • Theoretical and practical approaches to the analysis of processes of social, political and economic change; and
  • The comparative relevance of the Russian experience for the study of social, political and economic processes elsewhere in the world.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Russia Institute Administrator
+44 (0) 20 7848 1512