International Masters in Russian, Central and East European Studies

What happens in the former socialist region of Russia and Central and Eastern Europe has an important bearing on the shape of the world in the 21st Century in terms of politics, international relations, global security, society, culture and economics. The International Masters in Russian, Central and East European Studies programme is an innovative, multi- and interdisciplinary degree offering postgraduate students the opportunity to undertake advanced study across all of these areas.

Coordinated by the University of Glasgow, the Erasmus Mundus-recognised International Masters in Russian, Central and East European Studies (IMRCEES)  offers a two-year double degree masters programme which combines a year of study in Glasgow (UK) with a year of study overseas (in English) at one of five double degree partner universities, including the Centre for European Studies, Jagiellonian University.  Additionally, students may undertake fieldwork for their dissertation at one or more of our five associate partner universities in Azerbaijan, Canada, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine. Moreover, the Consortium has associate non-educational partners from business, government and NGOs which help to promote student employability by offering a range of internships. An array of academic conferences, workshops and other socio-cultural events involving all Consortium partners will help to make the IMRCEES experience a truly rewarding one in terms of making lasting friendships and equipping you for a future professional career.

Teaching and research on the Erasmus Mundus IMRCEES programme reflects the current state-of-the-art in the field by addressing the many political, security and socio-economic challenges existing throughout the post-socialist region today. The curriculum includes a focus on Central Asia and Caucasus/Caspian Sea Region in particular because of its vital strategic geopolitical and economic importance to the European Union and the rest of the world in terms of engagement with Russia; military and energy security; human rights, democracy and good governance; economic development; and the role of the media in social transformation.

Fieldwork activities for dissertation research may be undertaken at any double degree partner university, associate university and non-educational associate partner during the summer between Years 1 and 2; and also during Year 2, Semester 2. Internship opportunities are also available.

PROGRAMME DETAILS

Programme duration: two years (four semesters)

Study mode: full time

Diploma: MA in European Studies (Jagiellonian University) and International Masters in Russian, Central and East European Studies (University of Glasgow)

Suitable for: This programme is suitable for students seeking comprehensive training as experts in the contemporary challenges and realities facing Central and Eastern Europe and its neighbours. Intensive foreign language training is also an integral part of the curriculum. Students wishing to study Polish, Russian, German or French are highly encouraged to join CES.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Entry requirements for the Erasmus Mundus IMRCEES programme are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject. Applicants from other subject backgrounds, however, will be considered.

Applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in English in cases where English is not the student's native language.   There are a few exceptions where an academic qualification has been taught in a majority-English speaking country. Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve the minimum English language proficiency level specified by the University of Glasgow. All test results must be no more than 2 years old. 

For all categories of applicants, your application must include the following documents:

  • University of Glasgow Application form,
  • IMRCEES Supporting Personal Statement form,
  • two references,
  • CV,
  • degree certificate,
  • certified copies of academic transcripts,
  • English language proficiency test certificate and
  • proof of citizenship.

 

CURRICULUM

After their first year in Glasgow IMRCEES students come to Krakow in the second year of their degree programme.  The Centre for European Studies at the Jagiellonian University offers IMRCEES new perspectives on the CEE region from the eastern edge of the EU.

During their time in in Krakow, students choose modules from the following:

COURSE TITLE

CONTACT HOURS

ECTS POINTS

 

CORE COURSES (mandatory)

European Civilisation

60

9

MA Seminar

 

10

MA Thesis

 

20

KEY COURSES (students must take two)

International Financial Markets (I sem) and Finances in the EU (II sem)

60

9

EU Foreign and Security Policy (EuroAtlantic Security and Foreign Policy of the EU)

60

9

EU Institutions and the Decision Making Process

60

9

Political and Social History of the 20th Century CEE

60

9

Foreign and International Relations in CEE facing CFSP/ESDP*

60

9

OPTIONAL COURSES (students take at least one)

Language*

60

6

European Integration Theory and Practice

30

4.5

To Be (or Not To Be) Central European: 20th Century CEE Literature (not running in 2016/2017)

30

4.5

Economy of Central Europe: from Transition to EU Membership

30

4.5

Myths and Symbols of European Integration – Western and Eastern European Perspectives (not running in 2016/2017)

30

4.5

Citizenship, Migration and Multiculturalism in Europe

60

9

International Development: From Bretton Woods to Lisbon Treaty

30

4.5

Introduction to European Jewish Religion, Culture and Society

30

4.5

Politics and Government in Post-Communist Russia

30

4.5

Religion, Diversity and Toleration in Central and Eastern Europe

30

4.5

Antisemitism after Auschwitz

30

4.5

Europeanisation and Transformation of Collective Identity

60

9

Meaning and Value of Democracy from a Philosophical Perspective

30

4.5

EU Administration, Justice and Home Affairs

60

9

Knowledge-Based Society (not running in 2016/2017)

30

4.5

 

GRADUATE PROFILE

The Erasmus Mundus IMRCEES programme gives graduates the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers in regional, local and national governmental organizations, non-for-profits, cultural and social institutions, public service institutions, academia and many more. Students also choose to undertake doctoral studies in a variety of fields, including gender studies, European cultures, comparative European history, cultural studies, globalisation and development studies, as well as public affairs.

On completion of the programme, students will have attained:

  • knowledge and understanding of past and present developments in the socialist and post-socialist area including one or more of the following sub-regions: Central Asian Studies and the Caucasus/Caspian Sea Basin Studies; Baltic Sea Region Studies; Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies; and Central European Studies as well as detailed and critical knowledge of two or more specialised areas of interest (such as: Energy Security Issues; Nationalism, Identity and Minority Politics; Post-EU Enlargement Studies; Political Transformation and International Relations; International Security and Conflict Resolution; Economic and Social Transformation; Media and Democracy);
  • working knowledge of one of the region's languages, to a level enabling them to read and critically interrogate relevant sources in that language;
  • knowledge and critical understanding of key theories, principles and concepts drawn from relevant contributory disciplines and inter-disciplinary formations within an area studies framework;
  • the ability to define and develop creative responses to new research problems and to deploy a range of research techniques and methodologies appropriate to the cultural context of the region and its peoples;
  • the ability to interpret, synthesise and evaluate critically relevant sources and data drawn from a range of primary and secondary sources, including those in their original language;
  • within this context, to demonstrate originality and creativity in the application of knowledge and understanding, including the ability to review literature, set and solve problems, process research data by reading critically and analytically;
  • to communicate effectively with audiences at different levels (peer group, academic staff) and present materials orally in a clear manner, using audio-visual aids where appropriate;
  • to work flexibly and constructively in groups including the ability to answer questions on their work and to give and receive constructive criticism.

ACADEMIC PARTNERS

 

ASSOCIATE PARTNERS

  • Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod,Russia
  • Western University, Ontario, Canada
  • National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
  • Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, Azerbaijan
  • Ilia State University, Georgia
  • The Scottish Government
  • The Budapest Institute for Public Policy, Hungary
  • The Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia, Kazakhstan
  • Albion Overseas Ltd., UK
  • The Scotland-Russia Forum, UK

NON-EDUCATIONAL PARTNER INSTITUTIONS

  • The Scottish Government
  • The Budapest Institute for Public Policy, Hungary
  • The Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia, Kazakhstan
  • Albion Overseas Ltd., UK
  • The Scotland-Russia Forum, UK
  • The Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Georgia
  • The Confederation of Employers of Ukraine, Ukraine

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