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 has an international profile and prepares you for a career as an analyst in the private and public sectors, in Sweden and abroad. The degree also qualifies for applying for doctoral studies in the 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 the study 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 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.
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 language study at a European or Russian partner university.
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).
The first semester consists of three compulsory courses. One of these provides an overview of the history, culture and society of Russia and the Soviet Union (10 credits). The second is a methods course (5 credits) and the third is a course in Russian language at either beginner's or advanced level depending on one's prior knowledge (15 credits).
The second semester consists of three compulsory courses worth 10 credits each. The first course deals with economic, legal and social developments in Russia and the post-Soviet region. The second course focuses on politics, media and communication, and international relations, with a focus on key issues regarding developments in the area. The third course is in Russian language at either beginner's or advanced level (10 credits).
Students who wish to finalise their study after one year can receive a Master of Social Science degree, (60 credits). This option entails, during the second semester, one subject course (10 credits), a short Russian language course (5 credits) and the Master's thesis (15 credits).
The first half of the third semester offers four different options: an internship in Sweden or abroad (15 credits), a Russian language course at a partner university abroad (15 credits), a course in one of the subjects studied during semester 1 and 2 (15 credits), or a relevant course offered within other Master's degree programmes at Uppsala University. The second half of the third semester consists of a compulsory methods course (10 credits) and a Russian language course (5 credits).
The last semester is devoted to writing the Master's thesis (30 credits).
Courses within the programme
Compulsory courses: History, Culture, and Society of Russia and the Soviet Union, 10 credits Methods, 5 credits Post-Soviet Transformation: Economic, Legal and Social Development in Russia, 10 credits Russia's Role in World Politics, 10 credits Methods, 10 credits Master's Thesis, 30 credits (Master's Thesis 15 credits) Russian in Professional Contexts 1, 15 credits Russian in Professional Contexts 2, 10 credits Russian in Professional Contexts 3, 5 credits
Elective courses: Internship, 15 credits Language studies (Russian), 15 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
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. Throughout the programme great emphasis is placed 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.
Please note that the 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 area experts with this competence, both nationally and internationally. The programme prepares you for a career as an analyst in the private and public sphere, as well as for an academic career, both in Sweden and abroad.
This programme also qualifies graduates to apply for doctoral studies in the Humanities or Social Sciences.
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.
All documents for eligibility and selection (see below), including your statement of purpose, are uploaded on www.universityadmissions.se. Your statement of purpose should include answers to the following questions: 1. Why have you selected 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
Requirements: 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.
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
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.
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