M.A. International Masters in Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies - Erasmus Mundus

Jagiellonian University | Kraków , Poland
What happens in the former socialist region of Russia and Central and Eastern Europe has an important bearing on the shape of the world in the 21st Century in terms of politics, international relations, global security, society, culture and economics. The International Masters in Russian, Central and East European Studies programme is an innovative, multi- and interdisciplinary degree offering postgraduate students the opportunity to undertake advanced study across all of these areas.



Coordinated by the University of Glasgow, the Erasmus Mundus-recognised International Masters in Russian, Central and East European Studies (IMRCEES) offers a two-year double degree masters programme which combines a year of study in Glasgow (UK) with a year of study overseas (in English) at one of five double degree partner universities, including the Centre for European Studies, Jagiellonian University. Additionally, students may undertake fieldwork for their dissertation at one or more of our five associate partner universities in Azerbaijan, Canada, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine. Moreover, the Consortium has associate non-educational partners from business, government and NGOs which help to promote student employability by offering a range of internships. An array of academic conferences, workshops and other socio-cultural events involving all Consortium partners will help to make the IMRCEES experience a truly rewarding one in terms of making lasting friendships and equipping you for a future professional career.

Teaching and research on the Erasmus Mundus IMRCEES programme reflects the current state-of-the-art in the field by addressing the many political, security and socio-economic challenges existing throughout the post-socialist region today. The curriculum includes a focus on Central Asia and Caucasus/Caspian Sea Region in particular because of its vital strategic geopolitical and economic importance to the European Union and the rest of the world in terms of engagement with Russia; military and energy security; human rights, democracy and good governance; economic development; and the role of the media in social transformation.

Diploma: MA in European Studies (Jagiellonian University) and International Masters in Russian, Central and East European Studies (University of Glasgow)

Suitable for: This programme is suitable for students seeking comprehensive training as experts in the contemporary challenges and realities facing Central and Eastern Europe and its neighbours. Intensive foreign language training is also an integral part of the curriculum. Students wishing to study Polish, Russian, German or French are highly encouraged to join CES.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • EUR 10000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 5300 Year (EEA)
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

IMRCEES students come to Krakow in the second year of their degree programme. The Centre for European Studies at the Jagiellonian University offers IMRCEES new perspectives on the CEE region from the eastern edge of the EU.

During their time in in Krakow, students choose 30 ECTS worth of modules from the following:

Compulsory module:

  • European Civilization
  • MA Seminar
  • MA Thesis

Key Courses

Two from the following three courses:

  • Finances in the EU
  • EU Foreign and Security Policy
  • EU Institutions and Decision Making Process
  • Political and Social History of 20th Century CEE
  • Foreign and International Relations in CEE facing CFSP/ESDP

Optional Courses (students take at least one)

  • Language (Polish or Russian)
  • To Be or Not to Be Central European: Literature and Society
  • To Be (or Not To Be) Central European: 20th Century CEE Literature
  • European Integration Theory and Practice, (4.5 ECTS)
  • Visegrad Countries in the Transforming European Union
  • Myths and Symbols of European Integration Western and Eastern European Perspectives
  • Russian Thought on Europe

English Language Requirements

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Entry requirements for the Erasmus Mundus IMRCEES programme are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject. Applicants from other subject backgrounds, however, will be considered.

Applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in English in cases where English is not the student's native language. There are a few exceptions where an academic qualification has been taught in a majority-English speaking country. Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve the minimum English language proficiency level specified by the University of Glasgow. All test results must be no more than 2 years old.

For all categories of applicants, your application must include the following documents:

  • University of Glasgow Application form,
  • IMRCEES Supporting Personal Statement form,
  • two references,
  • CV,
  • degree certificate,
  • certified copies of academic transcripts,
  • English language proficiency test certificate and
  • proof of citizenship.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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Jagiellonian University, Poland

Poland The Jagiellonian University (Polish: Uniwersytet Jagielloński, often shortened to UJ; historical names: Latin: Studium Generale, University of Krakow, Kraków Academy, The Main Crown School, Main School of Kraków) was established in 1364 by Casimir III the Great in Kraków (district of Kazimierz).

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