Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies IntM

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This innovative international programme offers you the unique opportunity to undertake study (in English) and research in at least three different countries at our renowned partner institutions, culminating in the award of a multiple degree according to your chosen pathway.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • If you are interested in the challenges faced by the states and societies of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia and their place within the new global order, this two-year programme is for you.
  • Guaranteed placements at external organisations are included under each pathway.
  • The programme is delivered by leading experts in their specialist areas of research.
  • Language tuition is available throughout the progamme.
  • The programme builds upon the foundations of the successful IntM in Russian, Central and East European Studies double degree which was recognised by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Master Course of ‘outstanding academic quality’.

Programme structure

The programme is structured around three predefined mobility periods at three different universities across Europe, Russia, and Eurasia. Also included is a fourth flexible mobility period during which you will undertake independent study. The mobility periods are designed to enable you to engage with a variety of perspectives on the programme’s core themes. 

A research proposal submitted at the end of semster 1 in year 1 will determine future mobility patterns and study pathway diversification in semester 2. In year 2 you will continue under the same study pathway. The research proposal will have a strong influence on the allocation of the year 2 pathway partner, where you will undertake coursework plus a placement at an external organisation.

Year 1– semester 1

University of Tartu

Core courses

  • Introduction to Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • Language – Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Estonian OR Russian
  • Social sciences methodology.

Optional courses (1 chosen)

  • Baltic history and politics
  • Comparative ethnopolitics
  • Conflict management and resolution
  • Elections and political behaviour
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • International relations
  • Political and social change
  • Post-communism
  • The politics of history & memory.

Year 1 – semester 2

University of Glasgow

You will select a specialist pathway.

Core courses

Central and East European Studies 

  • Geopolitics of Central and Eastern Europe OR Statehood and nationality in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Language: Czech, Hungarian OR Polish

Russian Studies

  • Russian foreign policy OR Post-Soviet Russia: Renegotiating global and local identities
  • Language: Russian

Eurasian Studies

  • Contested states: The South Caucasus after 1991 OR Rethinking Central Asian security
  • Language: Russian

Optional courses (1 chosen)

  • Contested States: The South Caucasus after 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 CEE 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 & Eastern Europe
  • The geopolitics of Central & Eastern Europe. 

Summer school

Focusing on research methods (not credit-bearing)

Year 2 – semester 1

Central and East European Studies

Corvinus University of Budapest

  • Contemporary Hungarian politics
  • Language options
  • Nations, minorities, and minority policies in ECE
  • Parliaments in East-Central Europe
  • Politics of transition in East Central Europe
  • Radical right in Europe
  • he challenges to security in CEE
  • The politics of development and crisis in East Central Europe. 

Jagellonian Univesity, Kraków

  • Economy of Central and Eastern Europe
  • EU foreign and security policy: Euro Atlantic security/Foreign policy of the EU
  • European civilisation
  • European integration theory and practice
  • Foreign and international relations in CEE facing CFSP/ESDP
  • Gender, citizenship and democracy in CEE
  • Language options
  • Political and social history of 20th century CEE.

National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (NaUKMA)

  • Health, culture and society
  • Identities and identity politics in Post-Communist societies
  • Language options
  • Political and economic transformations in Post-Communist Societies: The case of Ukraine
  • Processes of social changes
  • Research seminar in social transformations
  • Social structure and dynamics
  • Sociocultural transformations in Post-communist societies.

Russian Studies

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN)

  • Commonwealth of Independent States
  • Global migrations trends in Russia
  • Language options available
  • Middle Eastern policy of Russia
  • Political transformations in Post-Soviet Russia
  • Russian history
  • Russian language
  • Socio-economic transformation in post-soviet space 
  • Sociology of the internet in Russia.

Eurasian Studies

KIMEP University, Almaty

  • Asian security: Theory and Practice
  • Central Asia – Russia relations
  • Central Asia – United States relations
  • Central Asia in global politics
  • Domestic politics and foreign policy in the Post-Communist world
  • Emerging powers and markets
  • Government and politics in Central Asia
  • Language options available
  • Petro politics
  • Russian foreign policy

Ilia State Univerity, Tbilisi

  • Attitudes to "Others" in Georgia
  • Democratisation and political development in the South Caucasus
  • Energy and economics of transition in the South Caucasus
  • Ethnic conflicts in comparative perspective, Caucasus and Central Asia
  • Forms & consequences of Europeanisation in the Caucasus: Introduction to the concept and its application
  • Internship (Compulsory)
  • Political history of the Caucasus
  • Remembering the Soviet past in Georgia: Between memory and history. An Introduction into interdisciplinary memory studies
  • Research seminar on Stalin and Stalinism
  • Russian language (Compulsory)
  • Security and geopolitics of the Caucasus. 

Year 2 – semester 2 

You will continue on the mobility pattern started in semester 1. One-year study mobilities in the region are aimed at strengthening the language skills acquired during Year 1 in Tartu & Glasgow. You will complete your dissertation under the principle supervision of the pathway partner institution, with Glasgow and Tartu as co-supervisors.

Background and aims

This challenging and innovative programme enables you to understand the history of communism and why it collapsed. You gain an informed knowledge of the process of economic and political transformation in the former communist states. To this end, the programme is structured to offer a wide variety of options for advanced study of the region’s shared Communist past and the ways in which this has shaped – and continues to shape – the dynamics of  post-Communist and post-Cold War transformation. The geographical area to be treated by this programme therefore spans across the wider post-Communist world, in a region that encompasses Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the newly independent states of the Caucasus and Central Asia. 

We want to develop world class researchers specialising in one or more of the following critical geopolitical areas: Central Asia; the Caucasus & Caspian Sea Basin; Russia; Central and Eastern Europe, including the Baltic Sea Region. This should support bodies like the European Union to address the myriad of socio-economic, political and security challenges of the 21st century. Flexible and high quality language training is an essential part of the programme.

You will get international experience in at least three countries, develop your skills in area research and acquire a range of key employability skills through our well-developed placements with associate partners from the business, public policy and third sector communities. You will also participate in conferences, workshops and other socio-cultural events, making the experience truly rewarding.

What our students say

The partners

Career prospects

You will be prepared for careers in policy-making in government, foreign ministries, the EU, Intergovernmental organisations and non-governmental organisations. Other career opportunities include higher education and business.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2017

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.

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:

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.

Pre-sessional courses

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:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017-18

IntM

(2-year degree)

Home and EU
Full time fee £4,883 or €5,650 per annum
International
Full time fee £10,667 or €12,500 per annum

 

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for submission by a research student: £460
  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £300
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £260
  • Registration/exam only fee: £110
  • General Council fee: £50

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the IntM. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Funding opportunities

How to apply

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.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
  • A two-page personal statement highlighting:
    • How your academic career to-date makes this programme a suitable next step
    • Why you want to study this programme
    • How you think this programme will help you in your future career development

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk. See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Application deadline

  • All applications: 1 May 2017

Classes start in Tartu on 04 September 2017 with orientation running from 30 August to 1 September 2017.

Students will have dual registration in year 1 at both the University of Glasgow and the University of Tartu. Applications are made to the University of Glasgow online application system and offers are made by the University of Glasgow. Offers will containin formation about registration processes, important dates and deadlines.

Apply now

This programme was formerly known as Russian, Central and East European Studies.