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Russian and Eurasian Politics and Economics MSc

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MSc Russian and Eurasian Politics and Economics - the flagship degree programme of the King's Russia Institute - equips students with the tools and perspectives needed to understand the processes of political, economic and social change that are continuing to reshape Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Taught by leading researchers and bringing a range of policy professionals directly into the classroom, the programme allows students to choose to focus on particular areas of academic or professional interest, such as: Eurasian Political Economy & Energy, focusing on political and economic analysis of the extraction, production, and export of energy in Eurasia. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the interconnected challenges facing the energy sector throughout the region and stretching into the European Union, alongside a range of robust approaches to policy and academic analysis. Russian and East European Politics & Society, focusing on the challenges facing states and societies in Russia and throughout a region still very much in flux, including interconnected reform agendas and the contours of increasingly contentious politics. Students will gain a comprehensive knowledge of Russian and post-Soviet current events, and a mastery of a social-scientific approaches to analysis.

Key benefits

  • A rigorous, analysis-driven, multi-disciplinary social-science course focusing on the most pressing challenges facing the region.
  • High-quality research-based teaching by academics at the top of their fields, alongside unique opportunities to engage with policy practitioners.
  • Unparalleled opportunities to study Russia and Eurasia in a world-spanning context, within the School of Politics & Economics and across our Global Institutes.
  • A network of connections, including a wide range of academic links with Russian universities and academic organisations, as well as Russian and international businesses, government agencies, international organisations and others.

We have designed our Russian and Eurasian Politics and Economics MSc to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to analyse a broad range of contemporary Russian and Eurasian policy challenges, whether your goal is to deepen your academic understanding, or to pursue a career in business, policy, media or civil society. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the interlocking social, political and economic challenges that have faced Russian, East European, Central Asian and Caucasian states and societies in recent decades, extensive knowledge of current events and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis. In addition, you will pursue specialised research and learning in a relevant field of your choice. The course will emphasise a comparative perspective throughout, and we will encourage to use your knowledge of the Russian and Eurasian case to challenge existing global theoretical and policy approaches. This course provides you with a thorough knowledge and understanding of: • The history of social, political and economic transformation in post-Soviet Russia and Eurasia. • Key challenges facing political, economic and other social actors across sectors and topics in Russia and Eurasia today. • Practical approaches to the collection and analysis of empirical data relevant to policy or academic puzzles in the Russian context and beyond. • The perspectives of policy practitioners professionally engaged with Russia and Eurasia. • The policy-relevant implications of real and potential developments for policymakers and other relevant actors in the UK, Europe or elsewhere. Students focussing on Eurasian Political Economy & Energy will also study: • Energy and natural resources as a factor in domestic and international processes, including a critical analysis of the ‘resource curse’ argument. • The role of natural resources in the economic and political development of resource abundant countries. • The application of political economy theories and approaches to themes of economic policymaking in resource-rich countries. • The utility of national statistical and budgetary data for enhancing research on economic policymaking. Students focussing on Russian and East European Politics & Society will study: • The complexity of and connections between social, political and economic processes, changing societies such as Russia and Ukraine. • Theoretical and practical approaches to the analysis of social, political and economic transformation. • The comparative relevance of the post-Soviet experience for the study of social, political and economic processes elsewhere in the world. • The challenges involved in Russia’s global engagement, integration and conflict. This course will appeal to if you are a graduate of politics, economics and energy-related studies, Russian and European studies programmes, or if you studied a different course but you have developed an interest in Russian and Eurasian energy and/or you are seeking a career involving work in the sector.

Base campuses

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies:

Module Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
Per 15-credit module Typically 20 hours 130 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning).
Dissertation module 16 contact hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors and workshops. 584 hours of self-study and project work.

Typically one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

If you are taking the part-time course, you will take 45-60 credits of required modules during your first year, and take the remaining credits and your dissertation in your second year, although this can be individually discussed with the student.

Assessment

  • Essays
  • In-class quizzes
  • Policy briefs
  • Presentations
  • Memoranda
  • Scenario analyses and models
  • Class participation
  • Attendance
  • Dissertation

Russia Institute modules will be assessed by essays, other written work (including policy briefs and memoranda, scenario analyses and models), in-class quizzes and presentations, and class participation and attendance. Russia Institute postgraduate modules do not have unseen written examinations.

The dissertation module assessment will be 100 per cent on the dissertation itself (14,000 words); a 1,000-word dissertation proposal is required but not assessed. Assessment of modules from other departments/institutes may vary.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Contemporary Russian Politics & Policy (30 credits)
Practice of Policymaking in Contemporary Russia (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)

In addition you must choose 45 credits from the following modules:

Oil, Gas & Modernisation in Russia (15 credits)
Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia (15 credits)
Governance & Economic Growth in Transition (15 credits)
Russia and the European Union (15 credits)
New and emerging security threats in post-Soviet Eurasia (15 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take two 15 credit modules from a range of optional modules in the School of Politics and Economics or from another School, subject to approval, which may typically include:

European Identities and the EU

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

You will develop skills and knowledge over the duration of this course which will make you more attractive to a range of employers. Our graduates have gone on to careers in analytical, research or strategic roles in business, particularly the energy sector, political risk analysis, consulting, in diplomacy, international civil service, non-governmental organisations, media and journalism and to further academic research.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London, between campuses and for project placements
  • graduation costs

Funding

We have designed our Russian and Eurasian Politics and Economics MSc to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to analyse a broad range of contemporary Russian and Eurasian policy challenges, whether your goal is to deepen your academic understanding, or to pursue a career in business, policy, media or civil society. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the interlocking social, political and economic challenges that have faced Russian, East European, Central Asian and Caucasian states and societies in recent decades, extensive knowledge of current events and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis. In addition, you will pursue specialised research and learning in a relevant field of your choice. The course will emphasise a comparative perspective throughout, and we will encourage to use your knowledge of the Russian and Eurasian case to challenge existing global theoretical and policy approaches. This course provides you with a thorough knowledge and understanding of: • The history of social, political and economic transformation in post-Soviet Russia and Eurasia. • Key challenges facing political, economic and other social actors across sectors and topics in Russia and Eurasia today. • Practical approaches to the collection and analysis of empirical data relevant to policy or academic puzzles in the Russian context and beyond. • The perspectives of policy practitioners professionally engaged with Russia and Eurasia. • The policy-relevant implications of real and potential developments for policymakers and other relevant actors in the UK, Europe or elsewhere. Students focussing on Eurasian Political Economy & Energy will also study: • Energy and natural resources as a factor in domestic and international processes, including a critical analysis of the ‘resource curse’ argument. • The role of natural resources in the economic and political development of resource abundant countries. • The application of political economy theories and approaches to themes of economic policymaking in resource-rich countries. • The utility of national statistical and budgetary data for enhancing research on economic policymaking. Students focussing on Russian and East European Politics & Society will study: • The complexity of and connections between social, political and economic processes, changing societies such as Russia and Ukraine. • Theoretical and practical approaches to the analysis of social, political and economic transformation. • The comparative relevance of the post-Soviet experience for the study of social, political and economic processes elsewhere in the world. • The challenges involved in Russia’s global engagement, integration and conflict. This course will appeal to if you are a graduate of politics, economics and energy-related studies, Russian and European studies programmes, or if you studied a different course but you have developed an interest in Russian and Eurasian energy and/or you are seeking a career involving work in the sector.

Base campuses

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies:

Module Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
Per 15-credit module Typically 20 hours 130 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning).
Dissertation module 16 contact hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors and workshops. 584 hours of self-study and project work.

Typically one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

If you are taking the part-time course, you will take 45-60 credits of required modules during your first year, and take the remaining credits and your dissertation in your second year, although this can be individually discussed with the student.

Assessment

  • Essays
  • In-class quizzes
  • Policy briefs
  • Presentations
  • Memoranda
  • Scenario analyses and models
  • Class participation
  • Attendance
  • Dissertation

Russia Institute modules will be assessed by essays, other written work (including policy briefs and memoranda, scenario analyses and models), in-class quizzes and presentations, and class participation and attendance. Russia Institute postgraduate modules do not have unseen written examinations.

The dissertation module assessment will be 100 per cent on the dissertation itself (14,000 words); a 1,000-word dissertation proposal is required but not assessed. Assessment of modules from other departments/institutes may vary.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Contemporary Russian Politics & Policy (30 credits)
Practice of Policymaking in Contemporary Russia (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)

In addition you must choose 45 credits from the following modules:

Oil, Gas & Modernisation in Russia (15 credits)
Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia (15 credits)
Governance & Economic Growth in Transition (15 credits)
Russia and the European Union (15 credits)
New and emerging security threats in post-Soviet Eurasia (15 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take two 15 credit modules from a range of optional modules in the School of Politics and Economics or from another School, subject to approval, which may typically include:

European Identities and the EU

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

You will develop skills and knowledge over the duration of this course which will make you more attractive to a range of employers. Our graduates have gone on to careers in analytical, research or strategic roles in business, particularly the energy sector, political risk analysis, consulting, in diplomacy, international civil service, non-governmental organisations, media and journalism and to further academic research.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London, between campuses and for project placements
  • graduation costs

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