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.
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
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.
Why this programme
- This programme is for those planning careers in government, global and local media, and international organisations, who wish to acquire a specialised knowledge of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia and proficiency in one of the region’s languages.
- Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia are some of the world’s most intriguing regions right now: think of politics, migration, and energy. You can learn about this region, its history, and its 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.
- You will have the unique opportunity to study in one of the world’s leading centres in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, with teaching staff who have first-hand knowledge of the region and deliver cutting edge courses on politics and society in the region.
- The University Library holds one of the best Russian, Central and East European collections in the world.
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).
- Issues in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies
- Research methods for studying Russia, Eastern Europe & Eurasia
Central and East European Studies
- Geopolitics of Central and Eastern Europe OR Statehood and nationality in Central and Eastern Europe
- Language options: Czech, Hungarian OR Polish
- Gender and identity in Soviet & Post-Soviet Russia OR Russian foreign policy
- Language: Russian
- Contested states: The South Caucasus after 1991 OR Rethinking Central Asian security
- Language options: Russian OR Chinese
Optional courses may include
- Contested states: The South Caucasus since 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 Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
- Rethinking Central Asian security
- Russian foreign policy
- Statehood and nationality in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe
- The geopolitics of Central Europe.
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).
Information for international students
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Clair Clarke