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
The programme offers ESRC accredited training in language-based area studies, as well as advanced training in qualitative and quantitative methods, specialised area studies research training, and language training in one of the region's languages.
Why this programme
- The programme is intended for those who wish to pursue a research-based career in the region, with or without the completion of a PhD.
- Annual scholarships are available for the language-based area studies pathways on a 2+3 (MRes + intensive language training to advanced level + PhD), 1+3 (MRes or intensive language training to advanced level + PhD) and +3 (PhD only) models, depending on your prior qualifications.
- The University Library holds one of the best Russian, Central and East European collections in the world.
- We have active postgraduate training links with thirteen overseas partner institutions in eleven countries. They visit to provide research master classes and participate in seminars.
You will take five core courses and submit a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation.
- Language (Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian)
- Qualitative methods
- Research methods for studying Russia and Central and Eastern Europe
- Social science statistics 1
- Social science statistics 2 OR Advanced qualitative methods.
Note: Some languages and courses might not be available every year. You may also be able to choose from courses in the other subjects in the School of Social & Political Sciences. Language training is offered over a range of levels from beginners to advanced. If you are a native speaker or have a degree in one of the region’s languages, you will take an additional course instead.
Central and East European Studies (CEES) continues to be a world-leading centre for research into the region’s history as well as contemporary processes of socio-economic, socio-cultural and socio-political transformation. CEES forms the hub of the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES), an inter-institutional Centre of Excellence in Russian, Central and East European Language-Based Area Studies. In the 2014 REF exercise Central and East European Studies at Glasgow was ranked 1st in Scotland for Area Studies.
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. Some have also gone on to pursue research and policy-making careers with government, business and international organisations.
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.
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
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Clair Clarke
- 0141 330 4515