MSc/PGDip Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

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.

Students will also achieve PgDip exit award during this course.


  • 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.
  • 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.

Students will also achieve PgDip exit awards during this course.


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).

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  • Issues in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies
  • Research design
  • qualitative methods
  • Geopolitics of Central Europe
  • Statehood and nationality in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Language options: Czech, Hungarian OR Polish
  • Post-Soviet Russia: renegotiating global and local identities
  • Russian foreign policy
  • Language: Russian
  • Contested states: the caucasus after 1991
  • Rethinking Central Asian security
  • Language options: Russian
  • Yugoslavia and after: themes and controversies
  • Language options: Russian
  • Cultural history of communism
  • Contested states: The Caucasus since 1991
  • De facto states in the Post-Soviet space
  • Media and democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
  • Rethinking Central Asian security
  • Russian foreign policy
  • Russia, China and international politics of Eurasia
  • Statehood and nationality in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe
  • The geopolitics of Central Europe
  • £25,290 Per Year

    International student tuition fee

    1 Year


    Sep 2024

    Start Month

    Aug 2024

    Application Deadline

    Upcoming Intakes

    • September 2024

    Mode of Study

    • Full Time