Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies MRes

Hut in front of mountains in Mongolian landscape

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.

Key facts

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Programme structure

You will take five core courses and submit a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation.

Semester 1

  • Social science statistics 1
  • Qualitative methods 
  • Language (Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Polish, Russian).

Semester 2

  • Research methods for studying Russia and Central and Eastern Europe
  • Advanced qualitative methods or Social science statistics 2
  • Language (Czech, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Slovak or Hungarian) 
  • Dissertation (12,000–15,000 words).

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.

Background and aims

Central and East European Studies (CEES) is recognised as one of the world's leading centres for research and research training in this field and is part of the newly established School of Social and Political Sciences within the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

A leading UK research and teaching centre
CEES was delighted with its performance in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise which confirmed its leading position amongst departments engaged in Central and East European Studies in the UK. Submitting twice the number of staff as in 2001, including new entrants to the profession, 85% of its work was rated “international”, “internationally excellent” or “world leading”; in its unit of assessment CEES was ranked first in Scotland and fifth equal in the UK.

Central and East European Studies, in conjunction with the Slavonic Studies Section of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and scholars in the Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences, founded the School of Slavonic and East European Studies which also includes academics in Strathclyde, West of Scotland and Glasgow Caledonian Universities.

Credentials and accreditation

  • CEES is acknowledged by the Economic & Social Research Council and the Arts & Humanities Research ‌Council as a centre of excellence.  In 2006, CEES led a successful bid to create a Centre of Excellence in Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES).
  • "Our programmes of postgraduate training are part of the Language Based Area Studies (LBAS) training pathway within the Scotland-wide ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences. the pathway allows for training on a 2+3 (MRes + intensive language training to advanced level + PhD). Annual ESRC-funded studentships are available for these training pathways".
  • The 2011 Periodic Subject Review of Central and East European Studies highly commended the design of the postgraduate curriculum, in terms of its content, coherence, flexibility and intellectual rigour.
  • The breadth and depth of language provision on our postgraduate programme is unique in the UK.
  • We have a strong focus on internationalisation and employability through a range of postgraduate internships with institutional partners in the UK and overseas.
  • The University Library holds one of the best Russian, Central and East European collections in the world.
  • For over half a century members of CEES have been involved in editing and producing Europe-Asia Studies (formerly Soviet Studies). Europe-Asia Studies has maintained its reputation as the principal academic journal in the world devoted to the political, economic and social affairs of the former Soviet bloc countries and their history during the Soviet period.  At the same time the focus of the journal has diversified to reflect the way in which the transformation of the former Soviet countries’ political and economic systems is affecting their relationship with the rest of Europe, and the growing links between what was Soviet Central Asia and other countries in both Europe and Asia.

CEES regularly hosts both academic and cultural events.  In recent years we have promoted a number of conferences on the Baltic States, EU, Hungary and Russia  and have  attracted distinguished guest speakers from the region. In the past few years alone we have hosted the Ambassadors of Hungary, Poland, Lithuania and Estonia, the Estonian and Latvian Ministers of Nationality and Ethnic Affairs, the Prime Minister of Estonia, the former Prime Minister of Poland and various members of the Scottish, UK and European parliaments.

We have run several film series featuring Russian and East European cinema with prominent film directors attending and talking about their work.  We have also held concerts featuring internationally renowned musicians.

Our students are invited to all of these events.

Career prospects
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 been very successful in establishing careers with organizations 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 (a leading provider of professional services including audit, tax, financial and risk advisory)
  • Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Open Society Foundation (Bratislava)
  • Open Society Institute (Budapest)
  • Operation Mobilisation, Czech Republic
  • Trust for Civil Society in Central & Eastern Europe (Warsaw)

What our students say

Paul Thomas Jordan, UK (2005-06; PhD student 2007-11)

Paul Jordan with fellow CEES student Beatrix Futak-Campbell outside the Scottish Parliament'I firmly believe that the research skills I acquired as a result of the MRes programme helped me to secure a place on the Scottish Government's Internship Scheme in 2009. Having already had experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods meant that I was able to adapt to the role with ease. I  relished my internship placement was able to experience first hand what it is like working within a busy and diverse government department. I was responsible for managing a research proposal into Scotland's Creative Industries as well as working with the division who deal with Scotland's international image. I not only found it interesting but I was also able to build upon my skills as a researcher. The courses provided me with the necessary skills which were crucial for the role; I was able to evaluate source material as well as assist with analysing government statistical data and facilitated focus group discussions with key stakeholders as well as further one-to-one interviews with respondents. I feel that my research skills were developed further by this experience and would recommend the programme to others.'

Holly Porteous, UK (2005-06; PhD student 2007-11)

'The MRes programme is a great asset to anyone hoping to go into research - whether in academia, the civil service or in the private sector. It gives you the basic skills needed to do plan and carry out a research project, but also equips you with a good knowledge of different approaches to gathering data, the ability to reflect on your progress as a researcher, and the opportunity to explore another culture in depth. The pilot project and thesis were really helpful stepping stones towards developing my own PhD research in Russia.'

Chelsie Boyd, USA (2009-10)

'I chose the MRes because I knew the structure of the degree course would provide me with the skills employers seek such as foreign language and statistical and research methods. In addition, the reputation of the department reflected the teaching quality and ensured the degree would be strongly competitive in the job market. Throughout my course, I was given a great amount of support from the entire department. I enjoyed the ability to focus on my particular area of study while also learning about broader research techniques. While studying, I secured a placement at a social justice NGO as a research intern which helped to further develop my research skills. Having successfully completed the course, I would highly recommend the MRes degree.'

Entry requirements

for entry in 2016

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 (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
  • 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 (Person 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:


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:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2016-17


Home and EU
Full time fee£6950
Part time 20 credits£772
Full time fee£15250


Home and EU
Full time fee£4633
Full time fee£10167

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the MRes. 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

Career prospects

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.

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 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
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.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU): 22 July 2016 
  • UK and EU applications: 26 August 2016

Classes start September 2016 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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