King's College London

King’s Russia Institute

MSc Russian Politics & Society


Strand Campus


London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Russian Politics & Society

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MSc Russian Politics & Society will have a specific focus on contemporary political, economic and social policy challenges, with the option to pursue a disciplinary and thematic specialisation in either domestic policy or foreign policy and security. The programme is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to analyze a broad range of contemporary Russian policy challenges in applied settings, as well as the theoretical basis needed for analysis and engagement in broader thematic and geographic contexts. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the interlocking social, political and economic challenges that have faced Russia in recent decades, a fluency in Russian current events and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis. STRUCTURAL OVERVIEW Core modules include: • Contemporary Russian Politics & Policy • The Practice of Policymaking in Contemporary Russia • Russian Policy & Society Dissertation Non-core content: Students must take at least 20 credits from the following modules (note that modules may vary slightly year to year): • The Political Economy of Market Reforms • Inclusive Development and Emerging Economies • International Political Economy of Oil and Gas • Empire, Nation and Modernity in Eastern Europe (1914-1948) • Geopolitics of Natural Resource Disputes Students must take at least 40 credits from the following modules (modules from different tracks may be combined at the discretion of the supervisor): 1. Domestic Policy Track • The Russian Legal System • Power & Social Conflict in Contemporary Russia • Conflict, Development and Islam in Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia • Federalism & Governance in Russia • Energy, Development & Policy in Russia • Russia & Economic Growth • State, Society & Social Policy in Russia 2. Foreign Policy and Security Track • Russia & the World • Natural Resource Governance • Russia & the EU • The Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT The programme consists of 180 credits: a 60 credit dissertation; 60 credits of taught core modules; and 60 credits of optional modules (20 for all and 40 specialised based on student interest). All modules are assessed by written coursework or written coursework and exam or presentation.


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Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 7900 GBP

Out State Tuition (per year): 16000 GBP

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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