UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

This course provides a unique range of options from the early modern period to the present, covering lands where mighty empires and many nations have interacted and competed over the centuries: The Russian Empire, the Polish'Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Habsburg Monarchy, the Ottoman Empire, the German Empire, and their successor states. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, and self study.

Course Modules

Core module: Historical methods and approaches. Options may include the following: Methods of area studies research (MASR) modules; advanced qualitative skills; contemporary cultural studies (between post'communism and post'modernism); beyond stereotypes (the Jews in Polish culture); cities in Eastern Europe; the crisis zone (Central Europe 1900'1990); cultural anthropology of South East Europe; empires, nationalism and communism (states and societies of South'East Europe); gender and sexuality in modern Russian culture; history, myth and nation in South'Eastern Europe; how to read and interpret texts (introduction to hermeneutics); isolate and punish (exile, prison and hard labour in Russian literature); little Hitlers? (right radicalism in Central and Eastern Europe 1900'1945); the making of modern Ukraine; metropolis (history of Berlin, 1871'1990); fashion, folly and the fatherland in Polish culture, 1764'1834; politics of South'East Europe since 1990; the self and the world (theoretical approaches to travel writing); the Soviet cultural experiment 1, 1917'1945.

Course Additional Entry

Normally an upper 2nd Class undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. In exceptional cases we may accept applicants with grades below the prerequisite. However, you will need to put forward a strong case. All such cases must be granted by the Dean of Students, so even if we support your application, we cannot guarantee your place. In the case of mature students, there may be slightly more leeway to account for changes in qualifications, but all such offers are still ultimately decided upon outside of the department.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £18,670  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £9,020  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £9,285  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £4,510  Academic year. First year home fees