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Russian and Eurasian Politics and Economics MSc

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MSc Russian and Eurasian Politics and Economics – the new 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.

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Key benefits:

1. A rigorous, analysis-driven, multi-disciplinary social-science course focusing on the most pressing challenges facing the region.
2. High-quality research-based teaching by academics at the top of their fields, alongside unique opportunities to engage with policy practitioners.
3. Unparalleled opportunities to study Russia and Eurasia in a world-spanning context, within the School of Politics & Economics and across our Global Institutes.
4. 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.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT / Two years PT

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Course leaders Course convenor: Dr Adnan Vatansever
Course leader: Dr Samuel Greene

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office

tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000

fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Russia Institute



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Course detail


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 from an academic or a policy perspective.

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.
• Key challenges facing political, economic and other social actors across sectors and topics in Russia 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
• 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 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 in 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.

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Course format 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: 

 ModuleLectures, 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.


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.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand and Waterloo campuses. We are located right in the heart of London, which means that you will have the access to the unrivalled cultural and academic resources of the capital. You will benefit from the connections and opportunities provided by one of the world’s most exciting and internationally connected cities.  

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.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 180 credits.

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.

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

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 & the EU (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 & the EU (15 credits)
• Corruption (15 credits)
• Power & Social Conflict (15 credits)

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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements   2:1

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

Professional qualifications and experience may be taken into account. A working knowledge of Russian is welcome but not obligatory.

International requirements    Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). Please explain why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background, and, if relevant, your career plans. Please include details of any previous exposure to Russia, eg through coursework on your undergraduate degree, language studies, professional experience, time spent in Russia etc.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £10,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,460 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £5,250 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,730 per year (2021/22)

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


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 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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.

In addition to your tuition fees, 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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.


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