Eastern European and Russian Studies

TSPMI

Join the hub of Eastern Europe experts!

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Why choose Eastern European and Russian master studies program at IIRPS VU?

You will:

- Explore Eastern Europe from the base of cosy modern Vilnius

- Build your expertise by studying in one of the leading research institutions in the region

- Join a lively hub of field experts and practitioners

- Have an opportunity to experience Russia within an hour’s drive

- Take part in study trips to Belarus, Moldova, Georgia  

- Conduct an internship in leading foreign policy institutions and think-tanks  

 

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

SKILLS YOU WILL ACQUIRE

BENEFITS OF STUDYING AT IIRPS

CAREER PERSPECTIVES

TUITION FEE

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

EXAMINATION AND ASSESSMENT RUGULATIONS

CONTACTS

MORE INFORMATION

 

 

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

  • The objective 

The Eastern European and Russian Studies Programme is devised to provide with deep and comprehensive knowledge about the region - its political, economic and cultural particularities, and develop your academic and analytical skills that will enable students to analyse, evaluate and assess key political and social processes within this dynamic and exciting region.

  • Career opportunities and access to further studies

Our graduates work in a number of different fields; some pursue their career as civil servants in public administration institutions and diplomatic service, others work as analysts and experts in the international organizations, academic and research institutions, as well as in the private sector in Lithuania and abroad.  For those who wish to spread their knowledge and gain further insight into the Eastern and Central European studies there is access available to the third cycle studies (doctoral studies).

WHAT WILL YOU STUDY? PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

In the first semester, students start with four courses that introduce them to the economic, historic and cultural context of Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as the political science research methods that will be crucial in preparing their MA thesis. These courses take up to 10 ECTS credits each.

The second semester offers an opportunity to build extensive knowledge and expertise in their preferred field of interests by choosing three elective subjects from the list of courses open to all Master level students at the Institute. Students will also attend Master's seminars to further develop their MA thesis research design and one compulsory course dedicated to providing in-depth knowledge of economic and political particularities in Russia. 

During the third semester, students work on their Master's thesis and continue attending Master's seminars. Additionally, they can extend their knowledge by attending one elective subject based on their academic or professional interests. Moreover, students are offered an opportunity to build their resume by conducting a professional internship with non-governmental organizations or research institutions based in Vilnius.

1st semester

Economic Transformation: From Command Economy to a New System (10 ECTS)

State and Society in Eastern Europe and Russia: From Autocracy to Democracy (10 ECTS)

Inventing Eastern Europe: Explorations of the European East (10 ECTS)

Search and Research: Methods and Approaches in Political Science (5 ECTS)

Inventing Eastern Europe: Explorations of the European East (5 ECTS)

2nd semester

Master's seminar (5 ECTS)

Russian Politics and Economy in Post-modern World (10 ECTS)

Elective course (5 ECTS) 

Elective course (5 ECTS)

Elective course (5 ECTS) 


3rd semester

Master's seminar (5 ECTS)

Elective course (5 ECTS)

Master's Theses (20 ECTS)

Elective courses
3rd semester 2nd semester
Moral Issues of War International Political Economy and Globalization 
Security and Sustainable Development Energy Security
International Organizations Belarusian and Ukrainian Studies
EU External Relations

Nationalism and Its Manifestations in Central and Eastern Europe

You can find your study plan here.

WHAT SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE YOU WILL ACQUIRE?

  • first-hand experience of Eastern Europe regional specifics through studying across the range of area specific courses including state, society, economics, culture and politics of the region;
  • professional expertise on the key issues that impact domestic and foreign policies in the states of Eastern Europe and Russia;
  • advanced knowledge of the concepts, theories and methods in the contemporary political science, especially in the field of International Relations and Comparative Politics;
  • deep understanding of the history and political systems of the Eastern European countries and Russia, as well as political and economic transformation processes that are taking place in the region;
  • skills to analyse the development of the region in the context of contemporary international and regional co-operation;
  • methodological skills required to undertake and produce an independent research project.

WHAT DO WE OFFER

  • opportunity to study in the leading Lithuanian institution of political science, which has acquired a deep and comprehensive knowledge of the regional processes;
  • possibility to gain an "insider's" perspective on the processes that are taking place both in Lithuania and its neighbour countries;
  • opportunity to join the network of experts and practitioners working in the region
  • studies in the academic environment which comprises both 435-year-old academic traditions and modern teaching and learning methods;
  • possibility to visit the countries studied, and establish relations with students of political science of the region;
  • opportunity to learn languages of the region: Lithuanian and/or Russian.

WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER PERSPECTIVES.

Our graduates have found a number of different possibilities: some pursue their careers as civil servants in public administration institutions and diplomatic service. Others work as analysts and experts in the international organizations, academic and research institutions, private sector in Lithuania and abroad.  And just in case you wish to spread your knowledge and learn even more as a graduate of the Eastern and Central European studies you will have access to the third cycle (doctoral studies).

TUITION FEE. What does it cost?

1150 € per semester.

WHAT ARE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

All international students wishing to take the Master’s degree programme of Eastern European and Russian studies must apply online using the University Admission website.

More information about admission procedure can be found here.

To apply for this programme, you need Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and English level of B2*. The selection criterion is based on the weighted average of all grades recorded in the transcript of your academic report (50%) and the evaluation of your motivation (motivational essay + interview) (50%). The dates of the interviews will be published in April.

*In order to apply for this program, you are not required to submit a certificate of English language knowledge (IELTS or TOEFL scores), nevertheless, you will need an official English language certificate to apply for state/University grants.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT:

Public defence of a Master's thesis.

EXAMINATION AND ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS:

As social scientists we also know that most of the learning happens while preparing for and writing assignments so we have made sure to include quite a few of them in the curriculum. Each of these assignments will showcase your academic excellence and integrity. To help you, we have prepared methodological requirements of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University that can be found here: http://www.tspmi.vu.lt/en/students/useful-information/methodical-requirements 

HAVE WE FORGOTTEN ANYTHING? The summary about the program in PDF. Do not hesitate to contact us!

  • (questions related to the study programme)

Ms. Gintarė Pikelienė

+370 5 251 41 35 

gintare.pikeliene@tspmi.vu.lt

  • (questions about the admission procedure)

Ms. Ingrida Kelpšaitė

+370 5 268 71 83 +370 5 268 71 83 

ingrida.kelpsaite@cr.vu.lt

For MORE INFORMATION and full curriculum please see here.