University of Helsinki

Russian Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language

About

You will be able to recognise changes in your field of expertise, adjust your skills to these changes, and update your knowledge and skills independently.

Your expertise will give you a solid background in critical thinking and provide you with the readiness to face challenges in diverse professional environments. For instance, you can continue on to a career in government and education, or find employment in the media, the business world or in the service of non-governmental organisations.

The Master's Programme in Russian Studies at the University of Helsinki promotes an understanding of Russia as a vital member of global and local communities and an important and powerful player today. There will be a continuing need in the future for expertise in Russian culture, politics, and society in a variety of fields in national and international arenas.

As a student of Russian Studies, you will learn to write essays and learning diaries and practice problem-solving learning. Your education will include attending lectures, participation in group work and workshops/seminars, and examinations.

In the Master’s studies programme, you will
  • Have the opportunity to acquire expertise in Russia for use in many fields that require knowledge of Russia, its culture and institutions
  • Have the opportunity to study basic Russian language courses if you have no prior skills in Russian
  • Have the opportunity to make short excursion(s)
  • Have the opportunity to participate in on-going research projects and create new ones
  • Strengthen your understanding of theory, and work on your academic writing skills
  • Participate in the Master’s thesis seminar, during which you will write your Master’s thesis and learn about career opportunities with Russia experts from different scientific fields
Ca­reer pro­spects

Russian Studies at University of Helsinki will prepare you for different careers in the public sector, education, journalism, business and non-governmental organisations:

  • Depending on your studies, you can find employment in government, the media, and different national and international organisations;
  • You can also continue your studies as a postgraduate student after completing your Master’s degree.  Successful completion of postgraduate studies will also give you an opportunity to consider an international career in the academic world.

Programme Structure

The Master´s Programme in Russian Studies at the University of Helsinki promotes an understanding of Russia as a vital member of global and local communities and an important and powerful player today. 

As a student of Russian Studies, you will learn to write essays and learning diaries and practice problem-solving learning. Your education will include attending lectures, participation in group work and workshops/seminars, and examinations.

The degree contains the following studies:

  • Obligatory study units 
  • Optional study units 
  • Master's thesis 

In your Master’s studies, you focus mainly on discipline-specific advanced studies. During this stage, you deepen your knowledge of your chosen field through both studies and writing your Master’s thesis. 

You complete their studies systematically. At the beginning of your Master’s studies, you prepare your first personal study plan (PSP) with support especially from the academic staff.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You may apply if:
  • You have completed or will complete by 31 July a first-cycle or a second-cycle degree or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad. 
  • You have completed the studies required for the Master’s programme by 12 January. 
  • You demonstrate that you are proficient in English in the manner specified in Rector’s Decision.
Re­quired documents
  • Officially certified copy of the degree certificate / diploma.
  • Official transcript of studies.
  • Authorised translations.
  • A photocopy of your passport OR your Finnish residence permit card.
  • Motivation letter.
  • Short scientific text to be included in the application form.
  • Course catalogue(if you have completed studies outside Finland).
  • A diploma supplement (if available).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Helsinki

910 - 1400 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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