M.Sc. On Campus

Russian and East European Studies

University of Oxford

9 months
25430 GBP/year
15970 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford is a nine-month programme for graduates who are interested in gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of Russia and Eastern Europe through the study of the region across a range of disciplines including history, economics, politics, international relations and sociology.


Courses on the Russian and East European Studies course at the University of Oxford are taught through a combination of lectures and classes. You will be required to submit essays  or equivalent written work and to make class presentations.

Russian language tuition

You will have the option to attend Russian language classes and sit a Russian language exam. The exam will not form part of your degree and will not appear on your official transcript. Russian classes will focus on the development of language and communication skills relevant to research and study in the REES field.

REES Lectures and Seminar Series

REES students will have a weekly lecture, throughout the first two terms, delivered by a member of the department. Topics will include Twentieth Century Russian History, Central East European Politics, and Economics of the region. Students will also be required to participate in the departmental weekly seminar series, where they will get the opportunity to debate and discuss important topics concerning the region.


The allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA) and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. Under exceptional circumstances a supervisor may be found outside the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA).

In the case of students who require specific help to adjust to an academic programme or to a new range of skills, the supervisor will work with them to ensure that they have additional support.

Graduate destinations

A large proportion of REES graduates proceed to further research and to careers in academia. Graduates have also gone on to successful careers in many different countries in diverse areas of employment such as international organisations, the media, government, business and finance.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History of Russia, the USSR and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century
  • Contemporary Russian and East European Studies Part 1: Politics and international relations. Covering topics in the politics, security and international relations of Russia and Eastern Europe.
  • Contemporary Russian and East European Studies Part 2: Sociology and economics. Covering topics in economics and sociology of Russia and Eastern Europe.
  • The specific provision of subject teaching in Contemporary Russian

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • CV/résumé
  • Statement of purpose/personal statement: A maximum of 700 words
  • Written work: Two essays of a maximum of 2,000 words each
  • References/letters of recommendation: Three overall, all of which must be academic

Tuition Fee

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    25430 GBP/year
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  • National

    15970 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 15970 GBP per year during 9 months.

Living costs for Oxford

939 - 1530 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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