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This 2-year multiple degree programme is structured around three predefined mobility periods at three different Consortium Partner Universities across Europe, Russia, and Eurasia. Also included is a fourth flexible mobility period during which students will undertake independent study.

This multiple degree comprises three separate awards from the University of Tartu and the University of Glasgow plus one of the other degree-awarding partners according to the study pathway undertaken. On successful completion, students will be issued with 3 degree diplomas that will include mention of the other contributing universities.

This challenging and innovative multiple degree programme enables students to understand the history of communism and why it collapsed, gaining an informed knowledge of the process of economic and political transformation in the former communist states. To this end, the programme is structured to offer a wide variety of options for advanced study of the region’s shared Communist past and the ways in which this has shaped – and continues to shape – the dynamics of post-Communist and post-Cold War transformation. The geographical area to be treated by this programme therefore spans across the wider post-Communist world, in a region that encompasses Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the newly independent states of the Caucasus and Central Asia. A research proposal submitted at the end of semster 1 in year 1 will determine future mobility patterns and study pathway diversification in semester 2. In year 2 students will continue under the same study pathway. The research proposal will have a strong influence on the allocation of the year 2 pathway partner, where students will undertake coursework. It is envisaged that placements at external organisations will be made available. The periods of mobility are designed to enable students to engage with a variety of perspectives on the three core themes of the programme and promote valuable knowledge and practical skills based outcomes that will feed into future career opportunities. The degree awards are: University of Tartu: Master of Arts, Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies University of Glasgow: International Master, Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies Corvinus University: Master of Arts, Political Science (Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies) Ilia State University: Master of Caucasian Studies, Political Science (Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies) Jagiellonian University: Master of Arts, European Studies (Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies) KIMEP University: Master, International Relations (Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies) Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod: Master, Sociology (World Politics, Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies) University of Sarajevo: Master of Arts, International Relations and Diplomacy (Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies)

Start Date: Teaching begins at the University of Tartu in early September, usually the first Monday in September.

Duration: Two Years Qualification:

Multiple degree: three degree diplomas/parchments – one from each relevant Consortium partner.

Study Type: Full Time

Funding Available: YES, EMJMD scholarship are available, further information can be found here.

Tuition Fees: 2021/23

Tuition Fees: 2021 – 2023 Tuition Fees – Per Year EU Fees (Including UK)

International Fees

Scholarship Application Dates: The EMJMD Scholarship competition will open on 7th September 2020 and close on 14th January 2021.

Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia are currently some of the world’s most significant regions for policy-makers and academic observers alike. Important contemporary issues revolve around security, politics, energy and migration.

Numerous scholarships are available for well-qualified students, thanks to our prestigious Erasmus Mundus recognition from the European Commission. Scholarships last two years, cover tuition fees and include a monthly stipend.


Application portal will re-open 7th September 2020

The next intake of the IMCEERES programme is September 2021. The application portal will open 7th September 2020.


Please note that due to the possible UK exit from the EU there could be changes to some funding options. We will update the website as soon as clear information is available


  Oleksii, Jagiellonian University

I find the very idea of three periods of mobility to be very beneficial in education. You become acquainted with different cultures, different study approaches, different languages, one of which you might be learning at the time. I think that it gave me the opportunity to travel a lot. Also I would say the possibility multiple study tracks provides a lot of flexibility and choice. You can focus on one particular country or region that is of interest. Although it is a challenge to move around every 5 months, it’s an interesting one. This is an experience I would advise to anyone.

I think it serves the interest of those who are interested in CEERE regions. I loved the clarity and integrity of the program. There were no repetitive modules at any of the three universities I attended. Furthermore, I would say the curriculum was progressive. We had an introduction to the CEERE region course and a social sciences methodology course for only the first semester. Even in Krakow we were not permitted to take any programs that had been covered in our previous semesters at Tartu and Glasgow. Every semester felt like were building on what had been established.

A personal highlight for me was the last semester in Krakow were I had a module on pre-18th century cultures in Eastern Europe. I was deeply impressed by this course.

Firstly, I now know much more people who are interested in studying this region, not just in a broad sense but those whom have very specific or unusual topics. This applies to students as well as scholars. I’ve become very well integrated into the system of higher education in the Europe. I’ve become more involved in the current political and social issues of the Central and Eastern European region because before that I did not even attempt to connect my future with this region.

In the future, I intend to continue my academic career. The fact that I have studied at three different universities and that will subsequently become three different degrees is very attractive when it comes to future employment. I appreciate this. People will see that this student has references from different Professors, universities, that he or she was able to study in different environments. It shows adaptability.

  Veronica, Ilia State University 

IMCEERES provides individuals, who are interested in the post-Soviet space with the opportunity to learn about the region by directly involving into it and – if one is willing to – to become directly part of it. This approach has the essential and important goal to prevent you from becoming a post-colonial observer, but an understanding and critical analyst. While the first semester at University of Tartu strongly focuses on familiarizing students with the basics of social science theory and research methodology, the second semester at University of Glasgow teaches you how to think by abstracting knowledge. The third semester, which you will absolve in one of the partner regions, prepares you to become a specialist of the region you are studying in.

I think that IMCEERES is intellectually stimulating, academically broadening your horizon and personally challenging. Before you apply, you should go into yourself and be prepared that you will be on a constant journey – both physically and mentally – for two years.

My personal highlight is definitely to having had the chance to study with extremely bright folks from all over the place, to learn from them and to having had the chance to conduct dozens of interviews with local experts and activists for my thesis.

I hope to continue my research on human rights and transitional justice – and potentially to continue living in Georgia or Armenia and understand the societal transformations, which take place in these countries.

Anastasiya, Corvinus University of Budapest

They were all very different. We’ve had the opportunity to live in three different countries, a master’s program can’t get more interesting than that. Tartu and Glasgow were the best for me. There was a great community spirit as we lived in these cities as an entire cohort. I found when I moved to Budapest I did miss some people who had gone to other consortium partners.

I really loved those courses that I didn’t have a chance to study back in Kazakhstan. I really loved the introduction to CEERES we had back in Tartu. It gave me such an encompassing overview of all historical developments in the region. In Glasgow, I liked the geopolitics of central and in Budapest, it would be those courses that focused on central Europe also. So curriculum wise, it was perfect. I always felt support from the administration.

Beyond academics, the most important growth I’ve gone through, is moving from country to country every 5 or 6 months. The moving around was a trigger of personal growth.

I’ve gained a good understanding of political analysis. Certainly with regards to methodology. I feel like I’m ready to go out into the field. One thing that is important to mention, is how everyone bounded in the group. I found everyone super smart, super encouraging and this encouraged you even more. I’ve never wrote articles before but then I saw people doing it and then I thought why can’t I do that? I know the stuff why shouldn’t I write? The people around you influence you to do better and try new things. I’ve gained a lot confidence from the people around me. I feel confident now to enter the sector. I’m going to apply for some research institute positions, like think tanks. I will carry on in academia.

Filip, Lobachevsky University 

To begin with I would like stress that it’s not easy. There’s constant movement, once you get acquainted with the country, city, university you then need to move. But on the other hand, this program and how its constructed gives you an exceptional opportunity to live in three different countries and therefore see and to find out by yourself how academia works in three different countries. Plus it extends beyond the academia because you need to assimilate in three different countries which is a very valuable experience. In terms of variety it’s a great opportunity.

I found it marvellous. As a person with prior interest in this region, I couldn’t ask for anything better because you’ve got two great universities to begin with in your first year. The lecturer’s expertise in this region is massive. They will help and educate you and then in your third mobility you can see with your own eyes the region that you’re interested in and you can carry out research there. So that being said, there are two periods one where you carry out theoretical background, Glasgow and Tartu, expanding knowledge and so on and then your thrown into the deep end where you then employ the things you’ve learnt previously

It might sound biennial or trivial but the things I will take away from this program are the people I met. Both my cohort and the people I met through living in these various cities. I don’t just mean fellow students, I’m also talking about lecturers. The teachers were always glad to help for example with my dissertation. They felt approachable and enthusiastic to help. It’s the people who made the program.

My bachelors was in same field as this masters but I still feel I have significantly expanded my knowledge. I hope to be connected with this region in the future either in academia or in public or private institutions. I think this program enables people whom wish to have a career connected to the region to do that.

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