Two-year MA program in Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMARES PLUS)
Degree: MA in Political Science
Duration: 2 year
Workload: 120 credits
Next start: September 4, 2017
Application deadline: April 30, 2017
Introducing IMARES PLUS
International Master's degree program in Russian and Eurasian Studies is the oldest of the international MA programs in English language currently offered by the European University at Saint Petersburg since 1998. Like its core subject of study - the post-Soviet space - the Program has changed and developed over the past 18 years and is now available as a two-year Master's degree state accredited program. The IMARES PLUS program not only examines the past, but also interprets the most up to date events unfolding in this fascinating region. By combining analyses of past and present, our students gain a deep understanding of the political, economic, social, and cultural dynamics of the post-Soviet space.
Why Study Eurasia?
In its various forms (the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the post-Soviet space), Eurasia has been the scene of some of the world’s most spectacular dramas during the last three centuries, including the rise and fall of empires and the successes and stagnations of strikingly different political and economic systems. It has followed a path from one of the world’s largest empires to the birth of nation states. It has been the battleground for Napoleonic Wars, Civil War, and two World Wars. During a turbulent history, the people of Eurasia experienced the contrasting forces of monarchy, socialism and fragile democracy, atheism and religious fundamentalism, and multiculturalism and ethnic conflict. Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus and Russia’s western neighbors have been testing the ground for political and economic theories, which left legacies that are still felt today. IMARES PLUS enables students to learn about the vast Eurasian region, the path of its development, the theory and the practice of different political and economic regimes throughout its history, and the ways in which these past experiences continue to influence developments today.
Benefits of IMARES PLUS
In addition to its core academic content, the program offers extra-curricular benefits: the IMARES workshop series introduces expert guest speakers from academia, politics, business and journalism.
The EUSP as a top research university in the Humanities and Social Sciences hosts many different conferences, seminars and lectures. All these events are open to our students and English is often a working language of these events.
All IMARES PLUS students will also take mandatory Russian language courses throughout the first three semesters of their studies, tailored to suit their ability, from beginner to advanced. Combined with the experience of living in Russia, the development of Russian language skills gives IMARES PLUS students a far greater understanding of contemporary Russia. Such a level of understanding can only be gained by actually spending two years here in Russia, and experiencing the country for yourself.
IMARES PLUS Students
Whether you are a historian, political scientist, sociologist, or language specialist, studying at EUSP will give you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge of Russia, to conduct thorough and detailed reserach of your subject and to create a solid background for your career.
While our course modules are accessible to students of all backgrounds, the chance to engage in academic discussions with other students from different countries, cultures, and academic fields will offer fresh perspectives on the topic at hand. To find out more, please read the testimonials of our previous students.
An Investment in Your Future
Our faculty members spare no effort in making sure that all the IMARES PLUS courses are both informative and interesting. The extra-curricular workshops, course of Russian language study, trainings in academic writing, work with academic supervisors and experience of living here in Russia all add to the value of the IMARES PLUS courses for your future career.
IMARES PLUS diploma gives you a direct access to all PhD programs in Russia and all around the world.
Our alumni continue their career in NGOs, business, academia, politics, journalism and the private sector. Whatever your career aim, the two-year Master's degree program in Russia will significantly enhance your CV and offer you a unique personal experience.
Application procedure and deadlines
There are 4 steps to apply for ENERPO Plus program at EUSP:
1. Complete the Application form and send us all the required documents:
- Scanned copy of your Passport
- Scanned copy of your Bachelor's degree diploma (or documentation that proves you will receive your diploma this year)
- Scanned copy of your Academic Transcript
- Your Statement of Purpose (about 500 words, including statement of goals, research interests and experiences, including the subject of your bachelor thesis)
- Two letters of recommendation from academics who are closely acquainted with your academic work
- Your Curriculum Vitae
Deadline: April 30, 2017
2. Attend an Interview via Skype (for shortlisted candidates)
3. Receive a Letter of Conditional Admission
4. Send us the scanned copies of your legalized*:
- Bachelor’s degree diploma
- Academic transcript
*Legalization means governmental confirmation that a public official’s signature, seal or stamp on the document is genuine. There are several types of legalization. Our Admissions Officer will provide you information about the legalization type you need.
It depends on the country and university you graduated in.
Deadline: August 14, 2017
Note: To start the program you should bring the originals of all documents before September 4, 2017.