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Central & East European, Russian & Eurasian Studies (Erasmus Mundus International Master) IntM

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This innovative international programme offers you the unique opportunity to undertake study (in English) and research in at least three different countries at our renowned partner institutions, culminating in the award of a multiple degree according to your chosen pathway.

  • IntM: 24 months full-time

Why this programme

  • If you are interested in the challenges faced by the states and societies of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia and their place within the new global order, this two-year programme is for you.
  • Opportunities for placements at external organisations are included under each pathway.
  • The programme is delivered by leading experts in their specialist areas of research.
  • Language tuition is available throughout the progamme.
  • The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree is awarded by a consortium comprising the University of Glasgow, University of Tartu and other partners from the region.

Programme structure

The programme is structured around three predefined mobility periods at three different universities across Europe, Russia, and Eurasia. Also included is a fourth flexible mobility period during which you will undertake independent study. The mobility periods are designed to enable you to engage with a variety of perspectives on the programme’s core themes. 

A research proposal submitted at the end of semester 1 in year 1 will determine future mobility patterns and study pathway diversification in semester 2. In year 2 you 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 you will undertake coursework. It is envisaged that placements at external organisations will be made available.

Year 1 – semester 1

University of Tartu

Core courses

  • Introduction to Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • Language – Polish, Hungarian OR Russian
  • Social Sciences methodology.

Optional courses may include

  • The Essentials of Biopolitics
  • Extreme Right-Wing Movements and Populism
  • The Baltic Sea Region in International System
  • Political Systems in the Post-Soviet Space
  • EU-Russia Relations
  • The Politics of History and Memory
  • Theories of European Integration
  • Diplomacy
  • Regional Integration Processes in Europe and Eurasia
  • Democratic Innovations and Network Governance
  • Globalisation
  • International relations
  • Political Theory and Ethics

Year 1 – semester 2

University of Glasgow

You will select a specialist pathway.

Core courses

Central and East European studies pathway

  • Geopolitics of Central and Eastern Europe
  • Language: Czech, Hungarian OR Polish

Russian studies pathway

  • Russian foreign policy
  • Language: Russian

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we regret that many forms of cooperation with our Russian partner university are no longer possible.  This means, unfortunately, that IMCEERES will not be able to travel to Russia for their third mobility.  The Russian pathway can be completed at one of our other consortium partners

Eurasian studies pathway

  • Contested states: The South Caucasus after 1991
  • Language: Russian

Western Balkans studies pathway

  • Yugoslavia and After: themes and controversies
  • Language: Russian

Optional courses may include

  • Contested States: The Caucasus after 1991
  • De-facto states in the post-Soviet space
  • Russian foreign policy
  • Yugoslavia and After: themes and controversies
  • The geopolitics of Central & Eastern Europe
  • Crime and Corruption in the Former Soviet Union

Summer school

Focusing on research methods (not credit-bearing)

Year 2 – semester 1

Central and East European studies 

Corvinus University of Budapest

  • Contemporary Hungarian politics
  • Language options
  • Nations, minorities, and minority policies in ECE
  • Parliaments in East-Central Europe
  • Politics of transition in East Central Europe
  • Radical Right in Europe
  • Political Discourse Analysis

Jagellonian University, Kraków

  • Antisemitism after Auschwitz in comparative perspective
  • Citizenship, migration and multiculturalism in Europe
  • Europe as a normative power: A Central European perspective
  • European civilisation
  • EU institutions and decision-making process
  • EU foreign and security policy: Europe, NATO and Transatlantic Security
  • Foreign and international relations in CEE
  • Central Asia and the Caucasus between Russia, Islam and the Chinese Dragon
  • Totalitarian Systems: Ideology and Terror
  • Language options
  • Polish language and culture
  • Religion, Diversity and toleration in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Security and democracy in Europe after 1989

Eurasian studies

KIMEP University, Almaty

  • Asian security: theory and practice
  • Central Asia – Russia relations
  • Central Asia – United States relations
  • Central Asia in global politics
  • Domestic politics and foreign policy in the Post-Communist world
  • Emerging powers and markets
  • Ethics in international relations
  • European Union: politics and foreign policy
  • Government and politics in Central Asia
  • Historical genesis of the modern concepts of international relations
  • Language options available
  • Political Processes in oil exporting countries
  • Political geography:Geopolitics, Globalization and Governance
  • Russian foreign policy

Ilia State University, Tbilisi

  • Attitudes to "Others" in Georgia
  • Citizenship from Below in Post-Soviet Societies
  • Democratisation and political development in the South Caucasus
  • Energy and economics of transition in the South Caucasus
  • Ethnic conflicts in comparative perspective: The Caucasus and Central Asia
  • Foreign policies of the States of the South Caucasus: Comparative perspective
  • Forms & consequences of Europeanisation in the Caucasus:
  • Introduction to the concept and its application
  • Introduction to mountain cultures of the Caucasus
  • Political history of the Caucasus
  • Remembering the Soviet past in Georgia: Between memory and history
  • An introduction into interdisciplinary memory studies
  • Research seminar on Stalin and Stalinism
  • Russian language (Compulsory)
  • Security and geopolitics of the Caucasus.

University of Sarajevo

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina in international relations
  • Comparative democratisation and authoritarianism
  • Contemporary debates in international relations
  • Development studies
  • Diplomacy in 21st Century
  • Economic diplomacy
  • International judicial institutions
  • Language options (Bosnian and Russian)
  • Theories of international relations
  • Bosnian language

An internship at an external organisation is included at each partner.

Year 2 – semester 2

You will continue on the mobility pattern started in semester 1. One-year study mobilities in the region are aimed at strengthening the language skills acquired during Year 1 in Tartu & Glasgow. You will complete your dissertation under the principle supervision of the pathway partner institution, with Glasgow and Tartu as co-supervisors.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

You will be prepared for careers in policy-making in government, foreign ministries, the EU, Intergovernmental organisations and non-governmental organisations. Other career opportunities include higher education and business.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2023-24

IntM

Fees for the 2 year programme:

UK/EU and non-EU programme countries

  • Full time fee: £7,040 per annum or €8,423 per annum

All other countries

  • Full time fee: £14,760 per annum or €17,659 per annum

The fees charged to students reflect the fee and funding regime established by the European Commission in respect of Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree programmes.  This means that, for this programme, fees paid by Programme Country students (EU, EEA [Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein] and ERASMUS associated countries [Turkey, FYR Macedonia, Serbia]) are the same as those paid by UK students.

The fees listed here cover tuition only. The University of Glasgow can only collect fees in Pound Sterling at the published GBP values and subject to exchange rates at the time of payment. As the programme contains various mobility periods, students (funded and self-funded) will need to cover their own airfares between each chosen partner.

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Funding opportunities

Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (Erasmus Mundus IntM) scholarship

Prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available for well qualified applicants to the International Master in Central & East European, Russian & Eurasian Studies. The University of Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this double Masters programme. Other degree awarding partners include the University of Tartu (Estonia), Jagiellonian University (Poland), Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary), National Research Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (Russia), University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), KIMEP University (Kazakhstan) and Ilia State University (Georgia).

Banco de Mexico

The Mexican National Bank (Banco de Mexico) provides special loans for students who wish to undertake a programme of postgraduate study. The University of Glasgow in partnership with Bank of Mexico FIDERH is offering a fee discount to holders of a Bank of Mexico FIDERH loan. See the FIDERH website for further information.

Colfuturo Fundacion para el Futuro de Colombia

The University of Glasgow offer discounts to all successful Fundacion para el Futuro de Colombia (Colfuturo) scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.

CONICyT (La Comsion Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica de Chile)

The University of Glasgow offers a 25% discount to all successful CONICyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.

CONACyT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) / FUNED Agreement

CONACYT offers a non-refundable scholarship, a monthly stipend and medical insurance of an approximate total of $20,000 USD (in the case of the UK, no medical insurance grant is given since students are already covered by the National Health System) The University of Glasgow offer a 30% discount to all successful CONACyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.

Alumni Discount

In response to the current unprecedented economic climate, the University is offering a 20% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni, commencing study in Academic session 2023/24. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes. This discount can be awarded alongside most University scholarships.

Clark (Mile-End) Bursary Fund

The Clark (Mile-End) Bursary Fund is a charitable endowment which was established in 1868 by a Victorian philanthropist by the name of John Clark. He was a thread manufacturer and prominent citizen from Paisley. The fund is now governed by Rules laid down in a 1974 Scheme (as varied with the consent of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator in 2013).

Please see the Clark (Mile-End) Bursary Fund for more information.

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in a relevant social science or humanities subject. Applicants from other subject backgrounds, however, will be considered.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ibt, mybest or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test, this includes TOEFL mybest.

PTE (Academic or Academic Online)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 

  • 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for 2 years following date of successful completion.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Degree from majority-English speaking country (as defined by the UKVI including Canada if taught in English)
    • students must have studied for a minimum of 2 years at Undergraduate level, or 9 months at Master's level, and must have complete their degree in that majority-English speaking country and within the last 6 years
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from majority-English speaking country (as defined by the UKVI including Canada if taught in English)
    • students must have completed their final two years study in that majority-English speaking country and within the last 6 years

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) but we do not require a specific UKVI SELT for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.

How to apply

For information on applications and to apply, please see the consortium website: 

Apply to programme (consortium website)

 

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