Master's Programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies 2021/2022

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The Master's Programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies offers a unique opportunity to study Russia and the post-Soviet region while learning Russian through intensive language courses. The programme is very international and prepares you for a career as an analyst both in the private and public sectors, in Sweden and abroad. The degree also qualifies you for doctoral studies in humanities or 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. IRES is an international, multidisciplinary institute specialising in studies of Russia and the post-Soviet space.

The Master's Programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies is completely unique in Sweden and Scandinavia. The programme is multidisciplinary in its nature, incorporating several academic disciplines including political science, history, international relations, economics, law, cultural and media studies. You will study a range of courses based upon these subjects, combined with specialised Russian language courses.

All our teachers are researchers and experts in the field of Russian and Eurasian Studies.

If you already have proficiency in the Russian language, you will have the opportunity to take advanced level courses in Russian.

You will have the option of doing an internship in Sweden or abroad, or take a language study at a European or Russian partner university.

Student profile
Each year we accept approximately 25 students, half international and half Swedish. Our students come from a whole range of disciplines, from economics, political science, media studies, to history, philosophy and linguistics. One of the main strengths of the programme is precisely this diversity - each student has his or her "disciplinary toolbox" which contributes to a greater understanding of the developments in Russia and the post-Soviet sphere. Most international students come from the EU and North America, but also from the North Caucasus. If you have Russian as a mother tongue, you are of course still welcome to apply. We have an advanced Russian language course where you acquire knowledge about the developments in Russia in Russian language.

All our students have a Bachelor's degree in the humanities or social sciences combined with an interest in Russia. The programme provides them with cutting-edge competence in Russian studies and upon graduation they have both knowledge about the developments in Russia and language proficiency. The combination of language skills and knowledge about Russia and the post-Soviet sphere gives you a clear competitive advantage in the labour market.


The programme leads to a Master of Social Science (120 credits) with Eurasian Studies as the main field of study. After one year of study, it is possible to obtain a Master of Social Science (60 credits).


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 in 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 Russian language on either beginner's or advanced level 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 Russian language on beginner's or advanced level.

If you wish to complete your studies after one year with a 60-credit Master's degree, you can choose one of the subject courses given in this semester, and take the methods course and write an independent 15-credit Master's thesis instead.

Semester 3
This semester consists of elective courses. You have the possibility to 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 a course from another Master's programme.

Semester 4
The last semester is devoted to your final degree thesis (30 credits).

Courses within the programme

Compulsory courses:
Methods, 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
Methods, 7.5 credits
Master's Thesis, 30 credits (Master's Thesis 15 credits)
Russian in Professional Contexts 1, 15 credits
Russian in Professional Contexts 2, 7.5 credits

Elective courses:
Internship, 30 credits
Language studies abroad (Russian), 30 credits
History, Culture, and Society of Russia and the Soviet Union 2, 15 credits
Post-Soviet Transformation: Economic, Legal and Social Development in Russia 2, 15 credits
Russia's Role in World Politics 2, 15 credits

Learning experience

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.

On a seminar, you present your ideas and discuss with your classmates regarding a course book or other study material that you are required to read before the seminar; while the teacher usually only moderates the discussion. The aim is to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills. All the students are expected to be active participants in all forms of discussions.

Throughout the programme, we will place great emphasis on both written and oral presentations.

You are expected to take greater responsibility for your learning as the programme progresses, 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 with this competence, both in Sweden and internationally. The programme prepares you for a career as an analyst in the private and public sector, as well as for an academic career, both in Sweden and abroad.

This programme also qualifies you for doctoral studies in the humanities and social sciences.

You have the possibility to do an internship in the programme and the internship is expected to bring you a big advantage when you look for job after your graduation. Our current students have done internships at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Swedish Chamber of commerce in London, non-governmental organisation in Armenia working for women's rights, and research institutes at Uppsala University and Malmö University - just to name a few examples.

Career support
During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.


Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fee. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: a statement of purpose answering 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?

Master's Programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies

120 credits

Autumn 2021 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2021-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M2483 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

All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).
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 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

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

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