Master's Programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies

Academic year 2022/2023

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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 conduct language studies at a European or Russian partner university.

Student profile
Each year we accept approximately 30 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.

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. 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 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, intermediate 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, intermediate or advanced level.

Semester 3
This semester is devoted to your degree thesis (30 credits).

Semester 4
This final 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 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

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

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 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 the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fees. 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 2022, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 17 January 2022

Application 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

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 (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 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

Programme start and registration

If you have been admitted to the Master's Programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies and already have a Swedish personal identity number, you will find registration information at

If you are a new student who does not yet have a Swedish personal identity number, we will send the registration information that applies to you via e-mail to the e-mail address you have stated on

Last modified: 2022-05-13