You will study the history, economics, politics and sociology of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
In year 1, two courses are offered. The first considers the impact on the region of Stalin’s rule, the second the unsuccessful attempts by Khrushchev and his successors to reform communism. Besides examining the nature and consequences of communist rule and the reasons for its collapse, you will also study the culture and civil society of the region.
You will also study two other subjects of your choice in year 1: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
In the following year the two courses offered will enable you to chart developments in the societies of the region from 1989 to the present day, including processes of economic, political and territorial change, aspects of social and cultural diversity, migration and the role of the media. Issues for examination include the development of ‘transition’ ideologies, the emergence of civil society, and the integration of the region into international organisations such as the European Union and NATO.
You will also study two other subjects in year 2: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Years 3 and 4
If you successfully complete the courses in years 1 and 2, you may move on to study for an Honours degree in your third and fourth years.
Our Honours courses utilise key historical and contemporary readings and frequently draw on our staff’s research expertise and publications. Honours options reflect a wide range of subject areas and topics, including
- Economic and social history
- Modern political history
- Security and international relations
- Civil society and the state
- Cultural politics and social change
- Identities and nationalism
- The environment
- European integration
- Society, culture and languages of the region.
You will have the opportunity to take one of the following languages: Estonian, Hungarian, Czech, Polish or Russian.
The University acts as a hub for a government-funded Centre of Excellence for Russian, Central & East European Studies which brings together expertise and learning support from eight UK universities and a range of partner institutions in Russia, and Central and Eastern Europe. This means that there is a wide variety of cultural, social and academic events taking place all through the year.
We have a wide range of links with universities around the world, including in the Baltic and Central European regions. Courses you take overseas form an integral part of your degree without adding an extra year or semester.
If you choose to do Single Honours you will take a fieldtrip abroad.
Continuing enlargement of the EU and NATO incorporating states from the former Soviet Union has increased the demand for specialists in this field. Graduates have developed careers with a host of UK and international employers including the European Commission, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), teaching and education services, journalism, human resources and administration, and the business community (developing trading links with the Central and Eastern European region).
If you have exceptional A-level or Advanced Higher grades it’s possible to gain exemption from Year 1 study and enter directly to Year 2: see Advanced entry.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAAB (including English or a humanities subject) in first sitting = unconditional offer.
Applicants who achieved AAAA or AAABB (including English or a humanities subject) at their first sitting WILL receive an offer from the University. This offer may be conditional (on second sitting results) or unconditional, depending on how many applications are received from students who have attained these grades.
Additional offers, either conditional or unconditional, MAY be made to applicants who achieved AAAB, AABBB or AABB at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
Applicants who receive an offer conditional on second sitting results will be required to study Advanced Highers in relevant subjects as an integral part of their conditional offer.
IB: A minimum of 34 points is required to be considered for an offer. Actual offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.
If you have exceptional A-level or Advanced Higher grades it's possible to gain exemption from Year 1 study and enter directly into Year 2 or follow a faster route advanced entry programme, both of which allow you to complete your degree in one year less than usual. See: Advanced entry
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
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre 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 Language Centre 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: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.