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Russian and Eurasian Studies (MA)

About the Programme

The Master's programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies offers you the opportunity to develop specialised knowledge of this region. The programme provides you with a qualification which is recognised by organisations around the world, and offers excellent preparation for a diverse range of careers.

Programme structure

The master's programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies offers you flexibility in the areas you choose to focus on in your studies. The core curriculum for all students includes the course on Information and Disinformation (5 EC) and the Research Seminar (5 EC) in the first semester, and the writing of a thesis (20EC) in the second semester.  You are expected to choose at least two more of the courses from the list in the prospectus. In addition, you can opt for: a third course (10 EC) from within the programme; an elective (10 EC) from other MA programmes, or an internship (10 EC).

At the end of the programme, you are required to write a thesis based on original research. A member of our academic staff specialised in your field of research will supervise you throughout the writing of your thesis.

For a detailed programme, see the Prospectus. Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.

Linguistics and History

Our courses on linguistic subjects draw on the cutting-edge research carried out at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, one of the largest linguistics institutes in the world. Courses on modern Russian society and its historical background are embedded in the Leiden University Institute for History, which has a special focus on the study of non-European societies in a global context.

Egbert Fortuin

Professor of Russian Language and Linguistics

Egbert Fortuin

"Russian and Eurasian Studies brings together specialists with different disciplinary backgrounds, but with a shared passion for one of the most fascinating and culturally diverse regions in the world. While the programme offers two mandatory courses, one on research methods and a multidisciplinary course on a topical overarching theme, students enjoy considerable freedom to follow their own interests by selecting courses from the field of politics, history, culture, international relations and linguistics."

Critical thinking 

The ability to reflect critically on any information coming from the countries of the former Soviet Union is part of the toolkit that our students develop. Whether that information is presented in the form of news reports, scholarly articles or popular culture, students acquire the skills to deal with these sources while keeping an open mind and remaining conscious of their own positionality. To achieve this goal we seek to challenge our students in a variety of educational forms and genres, as well as through intellectually engaging extra-curricular activities such as guest lectures and film viewings.

Exciting environment 

At the MA Russian and Eurasian Studies students have the opportunity to work on exciting and topical themes that immediately align with the research interests of the staff who are all committed teachers and internationally respected specialists. The programme offers a warm and inspiring environment in which students can feel socially secure without compromising their commitment to academic excellence. 

Admission and Application

Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master's Programme?

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