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Russia in Global Systems, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #33 (QS) ,
The Russia in Global Systems MSc course at King's College London focuses on the challenges involved in Russia’s global engagement and integration.


As part of King's College London Russia Institute’s Russian Policy Studies course, we have designed our MSc in Russia in Global Systems to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to analyse a broad range of contemporary Russian policy challenges in practical and theoretical contexts. 

You will gain in-depth knowledge of the interlocking reform challenges that have faced Russia in recent decades, comprehensive knowledge of Russian current events and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis, with an emphasis on Russian foreign policy and global policy towards Russia.

Key benefits

  • The only Russian foreign policy course in the UK embedded in a truly global studies context.
  • Quality research-based teaching in a breadth of fields, with unique opportunities to engage with policy practitioners throughout the course.
  • Unparalleled opportunity to study Russia in a world-spanning context, amidst King’s Global Institutes.
  • Draws on our network of connections, including a wide range of academic links with Russian universities and academic organisations, as well as Russian and international businesses, government agencies, international organisations and others.

Career prospects

Career destinations for this course typically include:
  • diplomacy
  • international civil service
  • non-governmental organisations
  • media and journalism
  • analytical, research or strategic roles in business, including investment
  • academic research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Contemporary Russian Politics And Policy
  • Practice of Policymaking in Contemporary Russia 
  • Russia & the EU
  • Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia 
  • Governance & Economic Growth in Transition
  • Contemporary Russian Politics And Policy
  • Practice of Policymaking in Contemporary Russia

              Detailed Programme Facts

              • Programme intensity

                You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                • Full-time duration 12 months
                • Average part-time duration 24 months
              • Credits
                180 alternative credits
              • Languages
                • English
              • Delivery mode
                On Campus

              English Language Requirements

              • Minimum required score:


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              Academic Requirements

              You need the following GPA score:

              Required score: Upper Second Class

              Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

              Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

              General Requirements

              • Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in a relevant subject. Your professional qualifications and experience may be taken into account. A working knowledge of Russian is welcome but not obligatory.
              • Please submit a one-page personal statement with your application, explaining why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background and, if relevant, your career plans. 
              • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. 
              • Two references are required with at least one academic. 
              • Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

                Tuition Fee

                • International

                  21300 GBP/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 21300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                • EU/EEA

                  9900 GBP/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 9900 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                • Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year  
                • Overseas fees: £10,650 per year 

                Living costs for London

                • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
                  Living Costs

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


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