Taught course

Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Institution
University of Glasgow · College of Social Sciences
Qualifications
IntM

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant social science or humanities subject. Applicants from other subject backgrounds, however, will be considered.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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 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

Corvinus University of Budapest
  • Contemporary Hungarian politics
  • Language options
  • Nations, minorities, and minority policies in ECE
  • Parliaments in East-Central Europe
  • Politics of transition in East Central Europe
  • Radical right in Europe
  • he challenges to security in CEE
  • The politics of development and crisis in East Central Europe.
Jagellonian Univesity, Kraków
  • Economy of Central and Eastern Europe
  • EU foreign and security policy: Euro Atlantic security/Foreign policy of the EU
  • European civilisation
  • European integration theory and practice
  • Foreign and international relations in CEE facing CFSP/ESDP
  • Gender, citizenship and democracy in CEE
  • Language options
  • Political and social history of 20th century CEE.
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (NaUKMA)
  • Health, culture and society
  • Identities and identity politics in Post-Communist societies
  • Language options
  • Political and economic transformations in Post-Communist Societies: The case of Ukraine
  • Processes of social changes
  • Research seminar in social transformations
  • Social structure and dynamics
  • Sociocultural transformations in Post-communist societies.

Russian Studies

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN)
  • Commonwealth of Independent States
  • Global migrations trends in Russia
  • Language options available
  • Middle Eastern policy of Russia
  • Political transformations in Post-Soviet Russia
  • Russian history
  • Russian language
  • Socio-economic transformation in post-soviet space
  • Sociology of the internet in Russia.

Eurasian Studies

KIMEP University, Almaty
  • Asian security: Theory and Practice
  • Central Asia – Russia relations
  • Central Asia – United States relations
  • Central Asia in global politics
  • Domestic politics and foreign policy in the Post-Communist world
  • Emerging powers and markets
  • Government and politics in Central Asia
  • Language options available
  • Petro politics
  • Russian foreign policy
Ilia State Univerity, Tbilisi
  • Attitudes to "Others" in Georgia
  • Democratisation and political development in the South Caucasus
  • Energy and economics of transition in the South Caucasus
  • Ethnic conflicts in comparative perspective, Caucasus and Central Asia
  • Forms & consequences of Europeanisation in the Caucasus: Introduction to the concept and its application
  • Internship (Compulsory)
  • Political history of the Caucasus
  • Remembering the Soviet past in Georgia: Between memory and history. An Introduction into interdisciplinary memory studies
  • Research seminar on Stalin and Stalinism
  • Russian language (Compulsory)
  • Security and geopolitics of the Caucasus.

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.

The Partners

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.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,883 or €5,650 per annum
International students
£10,667 or €12,500 per annum

Find information on our website.

Qualification and course duration

IntM

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Clair Clarke
Email
clair.clarke@glasgow.ac.uk
Phone
0141 330 4515