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University of Glasgow: Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (Erasmus Mundus International Master)

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Social & Political Sciences View department profile
Study type Taught


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.

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.

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.

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

  • Statehood and Nationality in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe
  • Language: Hungarian OR Polish

Russian studies pathway

  • Russia, China and the International Politics of Eurasia
  • 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 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
  • Russia, China and the International Politics of Eurasia
  • Yugoslavia and After: themes and controversies
  • Statehood and Nationality in Russia, Central and 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.

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.


University of Glasgow


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