Russian and Eurasian Studies

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Application deadline: EU/EEA students: 15 June (September intake); 1 December (February intake) Non - EU/EEA students: 1 April (September intake); 15 October (February intake) 

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About Russian and Eurasian Studies

The Master's in Russian and Eurasian Studies draws on Leiden University's status as an international centre of expertise in the study of Russia and Eurasia. Leiden University's faculty has been studying Russia and the Slavic world since 1913. Scholars from around the world come to Leiden University to study and teach in this fascinating academic field. During your master's, you will learn from accomplished faculty from Leiden University as well as visiting international scholars from our partner universities.

A flexible degree format means that you can focus your studies on the region's language, literature and culture, or on its politics, history, international relations and economics. You can also combine elements from the two specialisations, and study courses at other top universities abroad. An international classroom makes this a particularly rich learning environment for our students. Competitive scholarship and internship programmes give motivated students the opportunity to study or work in Russia, Georgia, and other countries.

Curriculum and Overview

The MA Russian and Eurasian Studies offers you flexibility in the areas you choose to focus your studies. Students are required to select four courses from our department, but have the option to exchange one course for a relevant course taught outside the department, for example at the University of Amsterdam, or for a relevant internship.

A wide variety of courses are offered relating to the core areas of Politics and International Re lations, History, Economics, Language & Identity, Linguistics and Culture & Literature. 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. At the end of the programme you are required to write a thesis based on original research. A member of our academic staff will supervise you throughout the writing of your thesis.

For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e - Prospectus:

Job and Career prospects

Leiden University's Humanities graduates do very well in the job market. A master's degree enhances all bachelor's graduates career prospects, as does relevant work experience during your studies and choosing your electives strategically.

An increasing number of organisations are exploring the Russian market as a fertile location for their products and services. This has led to an increasing demand for graduates with expertise in Russia and a solid command of the Russian language. As a graduate of the MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies, you will be qualified to meet this demand, with a range of career prospects that are both directly and indirectly related to your studies.

Some of the positions of our graduates include:

  • Project manager/ policy advisor at a public management association
  • Academic staff member for Eastern European collection at an international legal library
  • Junior consultant at a software company
  • Political editor at a governmental information service
  • Regional coordinator at a human rights organisation
  • Librarian of Eastern European material at an international legal archive
  • Partner for management and business development at a trading company
  • Junior consultant at a software company
  • Trainee information specialist at an interim agency
  • Information manager at a network organisation of consultants and policy experts
  • Customer service representative at an aviation company
  • Communications officer at an NGO

Do you want to apply for this programme at Leiden University? FInd out how to apply by following the step-by step guide:

About Leiden University

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open - minded and critical attitude from you.

We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!

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