Master's Programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies

Academic year 2023/2024

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The Master's Programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies offers a unique opportunity to study Russia and the post-Soviet space while learning the Russian language. This top-notch international multidisciplinary programme prepares you for a variety of careers both in Sweden and abroad, including analyst, civil servant, researcher, and policy consultant. The degree also qualifies you for doctoral studies in humanities and the social sciences.

Why this programme?

The programme is developed by the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) in cooperation with the Department of Informatics and Media and the Department of Modern Languages at Uppsala University. Multidisciplinary in its nature, this international programme offers a unique combination of theoretical courses and Russian language training combined with an opportunity for an internship or study Russian abroad. The programme prepares you for a variety of careers such as an analyst, government worker, researcher, and policy consultant in the private and public sectors, both in Sweden and abroad.

This programme provides you with:

  • an opportunity to study at an international, multidisciplinary institute specialising in the study of Russia and the post-Soviet space,
  • learning experience based on unique research competence present at IRES,
  • teachers who are all active researchers and experts in the field of Russian and Eurasian studies,
  • the study of Russia's and Eurasia's politics, economy, history, culture, legal systems, media landscapes, society, as well as intergovernmental and international relations,
  • an opportunity to study the Russian language at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels,
  • a possibility of a semester's internship or intensive language studies of the Russian language at a partner university.

If you already have proficiency in the Russian language or are a native Russian speaker, you will have the opportunity to take advanced-level subject courses in Russian.

Student profile

We have great diversity among our students, where approximately half are international applicants. Our students come from a wide range of disciplines, ranging from economics, political science, and media studies to history, philosophy, and linguistics. One of the main strengths of the programme is precisely this diversity: each student has their own "disciplinary toolbox," which contributes to a greater understanding of current developments in Russia and the post-Soviet sphere.

The programme provides students with cutting-edge competence in Russian studies, and they will have both knowledge about developments in Russia and Russian language proficiency upon graduating. The combination of language skills and knowledge about Russia and the post-Soviet sphere gives them a clear competitive advantage in the labour market. Students who have Russian as a mother tongue are also welcome to apply.


The programme leads to a Master of Social Science (120 credits) with Eurasian Studies as the main field of study.


Semester 1

The first semester consists of compulsory courses. The semester starts with a methods course that introduces the research area Russian and Eurasian Studies (5 credits). It continues with a course on the history, culture and society of Russia and the Soviet Union (10 credits), which introduces the subject, presents the geographical area and communicates fundamental theoretical and thematic perspectives. During the semester, you also take a compulsory course in the Russian language on either beginner's, intermediate or advanced levels depending on your prior knowledge (15 credits).

Semester 2

The second semester consists of two compulsory subject courses with 7.5 credits each. The first course focuses on economic, legal, political and social developments, while the other deals with international relations. The courses are thematic specialisations that problematise central issues concerning developments in the area on a theoretical basis. During the semester, you also take a compulsory methods course and a compulsory course in the Russian language at beginner's, intermediate or advanced levels.

Semester 3

This semester is devoted to your degree thesis (30 credits).

Semester 4

This final semester consists of elective courses. You can do an internship in Sweden or abroad (30 credits), take a Russian language course abroad (30 credits), or take other elective courses in one of the subject areas from semester 1 or 2. You will also have the possibility to take courses from another Master's programme.

Courses within the programme

Compulsory courses:

Introductory Course in Method and Science in Russian and Eurasian Studies, 5 credits

History, Culture, and Society of Russia and the Soviet Union, 10 credits

Post-Soviet Transformation: Economic, Legal and Social Development in Russia, 7.5 credits

Russia's Role in World Politics, 7.5 credits

Research Methods in Russian and Eurasian Studies, 7.5 credits

Master's Thesis, 30 credits

Russian in Professional Contexts 1, 15 credits

Approaches to Social Sciences 1 (advanced Russian), 15 credits

Russian in Professional Contexts 2, 7.5 credits

Approaches to Social Sciences 2 (advanced Russian), 7.5 credits

Justice in Post-Soviet Eurasia: Multiculturalism, Gender and Environmental Governance, 15 credits

Problems of Nationalism. Contemporary and Historical Perspectives in Russia and Eurasia, 15 credits

From Post-Soviet to Post.Truth: Eastern European Media Systems, 15 credits

Elective courses:

Internship, 30 credits

Language studies abroad (Russian), 30 credits

Alternatively, a selection of two to three elective courses within the area.

Learning experience

As a student at IRES, you become part of a vibrant research environment with easy access to faculty and staff, who are all experts in their respective fields. The atmosphere is friendly, with extra-curricular activities organised by the student association TSARES and the IRES Film Club. Our students are also encouraged to take part in IRES's weekly research seminars, which offer insights and discussions from some of the leading experts in our research area.

All of the programme's courses are research-led and allow you to continuously develop your analytical skills and scientific approach. Instruction takes the form of lectures, seminar discussions, self-studies, oral presentations, written reports, and supervision.

Great emphasis will be placed on both written and oral presentations, and you are expected to be an active participant in all forms of discussions. You are expected to take greater responsibility for your learning, and to gradually acquire professionally relevant and research-based knowledge and skills.

Students admitted to the programme are expected to have a basic knowledge of quantitative or qualitative methods. The language of instruction is English.


The Master's Programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies provides you with highly sought-after knowledge and understanding of Russia and the post-Soviet region, in combination with proficiency in the Russian language. Public agencies, private companies and international organisations have a growing need for region experts, both in Sweden and internationally. The programme prepares you for a variety of careers such as an analyst, government worker, researcher, and policy consultant in the private and public sectors, both in Sweden and abroad. This programme also qualifies you for doctoral studies in the humanities and social sciences.

The programme offers you to do an internship that can provide you with an invaluable experience in the field as well as extend your professional networks and gain references for future employment. Our current students have done internships at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, embassies, Swedish Chamber of Commerce, NGOs, as well as research institutes at Uppsala University and Malmö University.

Career support

During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.


Below you will find details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what general documents you need to submit, check the application guide. Besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: a statement of purpose (1 page).

The statement of purpose should answer the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to study this programme and how would you benefit from it?
  2. How would you contribute to the programme?
  3. What kind of work and/or extracurricular activity experience do you have of particular relevance for the programme?
  4. What Methods courses have you taken? Which quantitative and qualitative methods are you familiar with?

Master's Programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies

120 credits

Autumn 2023, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 16 January 2023

Application code: UU-M2645 Application

Language of instruction: English


Academic requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university, and with a main field of study within the Social Sciences or Arts.

Language requirements

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • an overall appraisal of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose.

Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50,000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200,000

Contact and further resources


For general information about the programme, please contact Coordinator Jevgenija Gehsbarga:

+46 18 471 16 30

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)

Gamla Torget 3, plan 3

P.O. Box 514, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

+46 18 471 16 97

Last modified: 2022-10-27