Central & East European Studies


You will study the history, economics, politics and sociology of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

The University is a hub for a government-funded Centre of Excellence for Russian, Central & East European Studies, so there are cultural, social and academic events throughout the year. 

Programme structure

Year 1

You will study the collapse of the Russian and Habsburg Empires and the emergence and expansion of the Soviet system after 1917. You will examine the origin, nature and consequences of communist and nationalist ideologies, as well as the culture, civil society, and the reasons for the collapse of communism in the region during 1989–91.

Year 2

You will 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. You will examine the impact of the end of the Soviet Union on 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 other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.

Years 3 and 4

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) the courses will 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, and society, culture and languages of the region.

Special Glasgow feature

You will have the opportunity to take one of the following languages – Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Czech, Polish or Russian.

Our international links

We have a wide range of links with universities around the world, including in the Baltic and Central European regions. If you choose to do Single Honours you will take a fieldtrip abroad.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2015


  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English or a humanities subject.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAAB. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAA. (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer.)
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAAB in S5 but have achieved at least AABB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2015 once all applications have been reviewed.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English and a humanities subject at Grades A or B.

Accepted humanities and languages Highers

Higher applicants to Social Sciences MA (Soc Sci) degrees must attain, or have attained, EITHER English Higher OR another humanities/language Higher subject to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.

  • Art & Design
  • Business Management
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Classical Greek
  • Classical studies
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • French
  • Gaelic
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Studies
  • Music
  • Personal and social education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education
  • Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Social Sciences European Requirements [pdf]

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

Advanced entry

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

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 normally be accepted for UK visa applications. However, the University as an HEI can still choose to accept TOEFL tests for admission to degree level courses and so TOEFL tests can still be accepted as normal for this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
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.

Career prospects

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).

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:


  • KIS
    Celtic Civilisation/Central & East European Studies: RQR5
  • KIS
    Celtic Studies/Central & East European Studies: RQ75
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Archaeology: RV7L
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Classics: RQ78
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Digital Media & Information
    Studies: RG75
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/English Literature: RQ7J
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/German: RR72
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/History: RV7C
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/History of Art: RVP3
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Italian: RR73
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Latin: RQ66
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Scottish History: RVP1
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Scottish Literature: RQR2
  • KIS
    Comparative Literature/Central & East European Studies: RQ28
  • KIS
    Gaelic/Central & East European Studies: QR5R
  • KIS
    Philosophy/Central & East European Studies: VR85
  • Portuguese/Central and Eastern European Studies : 3T9L
  • KIS
    Russian/Central & East European Studies: R791


  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies: R900
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Business Economics: RL71
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Economic & Social History: RV83
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Economics: RL81
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Geography: RL77
  • Central & East European Studies/History: 2T2D
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Mathematics: RG78
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Philosophy: RVT5
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Politics: RL82
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Psychology: RG68
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Public Policy: RL84
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Sociology: RL83

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.


We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS closing dates for entry in 2015

The UCAS process requires applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry to be submitted by 15 October each year, and applications to all other degree programmes by 15 January each year. The University of Glasgow cannot accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines, nor can it accept changes to applications after these dates. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be allowed after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October 2014: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January 2015: all other UK/EU applicants
  • 30 June 2015: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March 2015.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.