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MSc in Russian, Central & East European Studies

Venue: University of Glasgow, UK
Period: MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time / PgDip 9 months full-time;
Application deadline: July 25 / August 29 2014



The MSc in Russian, Central & East European Studies 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.
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

  • State and society under Communism in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe
  • Language (Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian or Slovak).

Optional courses

  • Changing state and society in Central Europe
  • Developments in Czech society since 1989
  • Economic transformation in Central East Europe
  • Gender and identity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia
  • Globalisation and the new security agenda in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Society, environment and the concept of sustainable development in post-Soviet Russia
  • Statehood and nationality in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Stalin and Stalinism
  • A maximum of one outside option from an approved subject.

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.

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.

English language requirements

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 (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

* Please note that TOEFL has now been removed from the approved list of English tests by the Home Office and TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April 2014 will no longer be accepted for UK visa applications. Therefore the University has the following policy on TOEFL for admissions purposes:

  • All TOEFL tests taken before 17 April will be accepted as normal from international students.
  • International students who have already taken, or are planning to take, a TOEFL test after 17 April are advised to book a Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) or IELTS English test as it is unlikely that we will be able to accept TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April for degree study.
  • TOEFL tests taken at any time can still be accepted at the moment for EU fee paying students or international fee paying students who do not require a Tier 4 visa (for example, from international students who have dual nationality and hold an EU passport).


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.
Further information regarding academic entry requirements:

Application Procedure

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.
You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process. Apply online here.

Standard application deadlines:

  • International applications (non-EU) 25 July 2014
  • UK and EU applications 29 August 2014

Classes start September 2014 for most courses and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.


Home and EU
Full time fee: £ 5350
Part time 20 credits: £ 594
Full time fee: £ 13750
Home and EU
Full time fee: £ 3567
Full time fee: £ 9167


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