Goal of the programme
Upon completion of the Master’s Programme in Russian Studies, you will have acquired in-depth knowledge of Russia’s past and present and Russia-related expertise for use in your future career. You will be able to develop your expertise and skills, find your own career path, and update your knowledge and skills independently.
Your expertise will give you a solid background in critical thinking and provide you with the readiness to operate in diverse professional environments. For instance, you can choose a career in government, education, the media, the business world or in non-governmental organisations. You can also focus on a research career and apply to doctoral programmes.
Your studies will be conducted by the scholars of the Aleksanteri Institute and other units of the University of Helsinki, who have solid teaching experience and broad research credentials. The Aleksanteri Institute is the largest and best-known research institute for Russian studies in Europe. Based on the scholars’ experience in innovative approaches to area studies, the programme focuses on global challenges in the Russian context. Our themes include the environment, society, politics, culture and history.
Further information about the studies on the Master’s programme website.
Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area and pursue their studies in English, are liable to pay tuition fees. You can check from FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.
Find out more about the Scholarship Programme.
Information on the languages of instruction
The Master´s Programme in Russian Studies is in English
Russian Studies approaches Russia as an increasingly important global player. Our programme is based on the conviction that there will be a continuing need for expertise in Russian culture, politics and society in a variety of fields in national and international arenas.
As a student of Russian Studies, you will participate in courses which approach Russia through globally significant phenomena and processes. These provide you with an understanding of both the challenges Russia faces and the world in which Russia operates. The courses facilitate case-study–based learning and utilise our annual conference and excursions. You also have the possibility to include courses from other programmes at the University of Helsinki.
In the Master’s studies programme, you will
- Have the opportunity to acquire versatile expertise benefitting many fields that require knowledge of Russia, its culture and institutions
- Have the opportunity to study basic Russian language courses if you have no prior skills in Russian
- Have the opportunity to make short excursion(s)
- Have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects and create new ones
- Strengthen your understanding of theory, and work on your academic writing skills
- Participate in the master’s thesis seminar, during which you will write your master’s thesis and participate in a student conference
- Learn in the project courses about career opportunities with Russian experts from different scientific fields
The scope of the Master of Arts degree is 120 credits (ECTS).
The degree contains the following studies:
- Obligatory study units (75 credits) (discipline-oriented advanced studies, including a total of 20 credits for excursions and projects)
- Optional study units (15 credits)
- Master’s thesis 30 credits
Full-time studies in the programme are designed to lead to an MA degree in two years.
In the discipline-oriented advanced studies, you deepen your knowledge of your chosen field and complete your master’s thesis.
The programme is designed to facilitate the completion of your studies on time. At the beginning of your master’s studies, you prepare a personal study plan (PSP) with an academic tutor. We aim to tailor your studies according to your own aims.
Your master’s studies culminate in the writing of a master’s thesis, which is an independent scholarly study. You will practice thesis writing during the thesis seminar.
The aim of the master’s thesis is to develop the skills required to understand a scientific research process. The most important of these include the abilities to seek information independently, analyse and assess existing information critically, and produce and apply information systematically. In addition, writing your master’s thesis develops your project management skills and your mastery of an extensive body of knowledge.
After completing your master’s thesis, you will
- Have the ability to define and discuss your chosen research problem
- Have mastered the theories and research methods required in your work
- Have demonstrated familiarity with the topic of your thesis and the relevant literature
- Be able to communicate scientifically and analyse material
- Be ready to work in a systematic manner and able to understand complex concepts
Russian Studies will prepare you for careers in the public sector, education, research, journalism, business and non-governmental organisations.
- Depending on your studies and acquired expertise, you can find employment in government, the media, and different national and international organisations.
- You can also continue your studies as a postgraduate student after completing your master’s degree. Successful completion of postgraduate studies will also give you an opportunity to consider an international career in the academic world.
- In the project courses, you will have a specific focus on working life skills.
You may apply if you meet the following three requirements:
- You have completed or will complete by 31 July 2019 a first-cycle degree (e.g., bachelor’s degree) or a second-cycle degree (e.g., master’s degree) or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
- You have completed or will complete applicable studies required for the master’s programme by 11 January 2019. Below are more details concerning applicable studies.
- You have sufficient proficiency in English. For further instructions on demonstrating your language proficiency, see the section “Required attachments”.
If you are, or have been, a degree student at the University of Helsinki, please check any special provisions that may apply to you.
If you have refugee status or are in a refugee-like situation, please read the applicable instructions.
You may be admitted if
- You prove your eligibility (see above) by the deadline
- You submit an electronic application through the Studyinfo service during the application round and submit the required attachments by the deadline. The application form is open from 3 December 2018 (8:00h Finnish time) to 11 January 2019 (15:00h Finnish time). Read more about what will happen after the application round.
- You have completed basic and intermediate studies (a minimum of 60 ECTS credits) in a field applicable to the Master’s programme, or studies of an equivalent level and scope. At least 30 of these 60 credits must be in humanities or social sciences. Please note: even if the degree serving as grounds for application is not completed during the application round (eligibility criterion 1), you must have a sufficient number of applicable studies completed by 11 January 2019 (eligibility criterion 2).The applicability of the field and the sufficiency of the competed studies will be evaluated in conjunction with admission. The University of Helsinki does not provide any preliminary evaluation on the suitability of the applicant’s previous studies.
- N.B.! Successfull progress in the study requires minimum basic skills in Russian.
All applications will be scored, and your admission will depend on the score your application has received.
If in this round of admissions you are applying to more than one master’s programme at the Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, you must rank them in order of preference on your application form. Even if you qualified for admission into more than one programme, you will only be offered a place in the one you ranked the highest.
Applicants will be informed of the results of the student selection by 12 April 2019 at the latest. Please note the one study place per term provision if you are applying for more than one study programme in the spring 2019.
Study right to be awarded
If you are admitted, you have been granted the right to pursue the degree of Master of Arts in the Master’s Programme in Russian Studies.
Statistics on applicants can be found on the university’s web page.
The application must be accompanied by the following documents and the documents must be submitted as instructed below:
- Officially certified copy of the degree certificate /diploma
- Official transcript of studies
- A diploma supplement (if available)
- Certificate of language proficiency
- Authorised translations (when necessary)
- A photocopy of your passport OR your Finnish residence permit card OR your official identity card
- Motivation letter to be included in the application form
- Short scientific text to be included in the application form
- Course catalogue (if you have completed studies outside Finland).
1) For further information and instructions on how to submit the required attachments, please read carefully the university’s instructions on submitting application documents.
2) Please see the university’s instructions on demonstration of language proficiency.
3) If the degree on the basis of which you are applying to the programme is still incomplete, you need not submit a degree certificate/ diploma with the application documents. If you are admitted, the admission decision will be conditional, and you will receive instructions with your letter of admission for submitting the official degree certificate/ diploma. N.B.! The final degree certificate/diploma must be presented by 14 August 2019 at the latest.
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