Taught course

Russian, Central and East European Studies

University of Glasgow · School of Social and Political Sciences
International Masters (double/single degree)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject. Applicants from other subject backgrounds, however, will be considered.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is an advanced study of historical and contemporary developments in the economy, politics, culture and society of Russia and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Why Glasgow

  • This programme is for those planning careers in major public, commercial and voluntary institutional settings who wish to acquire a specialised knowledge of Central and Eastern Europe and proficiency in one of the region's languages.
  • Language and other study trips to the region are available. You will be offered the opportunity to spend a month in Russia. Some financial support is available to help you fund these trips.
  • The University Library holds one of the best Russian, Central and East European collections in the world.

Programme Structure

You will examine the history of communism and why it collapsed. You will learn about the impact of international organisations (eg the European Union, NATO) and of major world powers on the region as well as retaining an appreciation of the region’s internal diversity in a variety of spheres (cultural, economic, ethnic, political and social).

You will take two core courses, two optional courses and submit a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation. You can also participate in our extensive range of conferences, workshops, business days, seminars and networking activities involving representatives of the business, policy-making and third sector communities.

Core courses

  • Language - Czech, Estonian (tbc), Hungarian, Polish, Russian
  • Issues in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • Research methods for studying Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Optional courses

  • Developments in Czech society since 1989
  • Gender and identity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia
  • Media and democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
  • Post-Soviet Russia: renegotiating global and local identities
  • Rethinking Central Asian security
  • Russian foreign policy
  • Statehood and nationality in Central and Eastern Europe
  • A maximum of one outside option from an approved subject.

A maximum of one outside option from an approved subject.

Note: Some languages and courses might not be available every year. If you are a native speaker or have a degree in one of the region’s languages, you will take an additional course instead.

You can take part in the Collaborative Masters dissertation: this allows you to gain work experience while providing much needed research support to public and third sector organisations.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0; ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20. CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169. PTE Academic: 60; no sub-test less than 59.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please visit our website for further information on fees and funding: Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies

Qualification and course duration

International Masters (double/single degree)

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Maggie Baister