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Russian Politics & Society MSc

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Our Russian Politics & Society MSc focuses on contemporary political, economic and social policy challenges. You will gain detailed knowledge of the interconnected reform challenges that have faced Russia in recent decades, a comprehensive knowledge of Russian current events, and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis.

Key benefits

  • One of the only social-science driven courses on contemporary Russia on offer in London.
  • Quality research-based teaching in a breadth of fields, with unique opportunities to engage with policy practitioners throughout the taught course.
  • The unparalleled opportunity to study Russia in a world-spanning context amidst King’s Global Institutes.
  • Draws on our 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 1 year FT / 2 years PT, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90

Course intake No set number

Course leaders

Dr Samuel Greene, Director, King's Russia Institute (russia-institute@kcl.ac.uk) 

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2979
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Russia Institute



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Course detail


As part of King’s Russia Institute’s Russian Policy Studies course, we have designed our MSc in Russian Politics & Society to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to analyse a broad range of contemporary Russian policy challenges in practical and theoretical contexts. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the interlocking social, political and economic challenges that have faced Russia in recent decades, a comprehensive knowledge of Russian 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 study in a relevant field of your choice. Throughout, you will be aware of the comparative context and we will encourage you to use your knowledge of the Russian case to challenge existing global theoretical and policy approaches.

Our Russian Policy Studies course provides you with a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

  • The history of social, political and economic change in post-Soviet Russia.
  • Key challenges facing political, economic and other social actors in today’s Russia.
  • 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.
  • Policy-relevant implications of developments and possible developments for policymakers and other relevant actors in the UK, Europe or elsewhere.

Additionally, our MSc Russian Politics & Society course will focus on:

  • The complexity of and connections between social, political and economic processes in changing societies such as Russia.
  • Theoretical and practical approaches to the analysis of processes of social, political and economic change.
  • The comparative relevance of the Russian experience for the study of social, political and economic processes elsewhere in the world.

Our course will particularly appeal if you are a graduate of Russian/Slavonic studies, European, energy or security studies, comparative politics, or another course and have developed an interest in Russia and/or if you are looking for a career involving work in or about Russia.

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Course format and assessment


You will typically have 20 hours of teaching per 20-credit taught module as well as 180 hours of self-study (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning). Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

For the dissertation module, you will have 16 contact hours of workshops and one-to-one or group consultation with
supervisors to complement 584 hours of self-study and project work.

If you are taking the part time course, you will take at least 60 credits of required modules during your
first year, and take the remaining credits and your dissertation in your second year. This can, however,
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. 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.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally 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 this course page for updates. 

Required Modules
You are required to take the following modules:
  • Contemporary Russian Politics & Policy (40 credits)
  • Practice of Policymaking in Contemporary Russia (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

In addition, you are required to take the following module:

  • Governance & Economic Growth in Transition (20 credits)

You are also required to take one of the following

  • Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia (20 credits)


  • New & Emerging Security Threats in Post-Soviet Eurasia (20 credits)
Optional Modules
In addition, you are required to take one 20 credit module from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:
  • European Identities & the EU (20 credits)
  • Corruption (20 credits)
  • Power & Social Conflict (20 credits)
  • Communicating in Crisis: State-Citizen Relations in Societies under Stress (20 credits) 

Entry requirements & how to apply

Russian Politics Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours. Professional qualifications and experience may be taken into account.

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.

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 £60 applies. All applications are assessed by an admissions tutor.

Personal statement and supporting information

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

Russia P&S checklist
Personal Statement  Yes Please submit a one-page personal statement with your application, explaining 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 Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  

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/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £21,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £10,650 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week 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/expenses

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

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Field trips in central London which may require travel on public transportation 
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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

Our graduates use the skills and knowledge they develop over this course to excel in careers in diplomacy, the international civil service, non-governmental organisations, media and journalism, analytical and research or strategic roles in business, including investment. Others have continued their research to further study.

Career destinations

  • Analytical, research or strategic roles in business, including investment
  • Diplomacy, international civil service
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Media and journalism
  • Academic research


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