M.A. Russian and East Central European Studies

M.A. Russian and East Central European Studies

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Important notice

This degree programme will likely be discontinued on 30 September 2019, pending the approval of the relevant governing bodies. If it is discontinued, no new applications will be accepted for this degree programme.

Quick facts
ProgrammeRussian and East Central European Studies
Degree awardedMaster of Arts (M.A.)
Duration and credits4 semesters; 120 ECTS credits
Starts inOctober (winter semester)
Languages of instructionGerman and English (the programme can be studied
entirely in either language)

About the programme

The M.A. Russian and East Central European Studies is a research-oriented, interdisciplinary degree programme. Its aim is to equip students with profound knowledge of the countries and cultures of Eastern Europe by placing the focus on historical, literary and cultural studies. You will also acquire methodological, theoretical and applied skills as you progress through your degree studies. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to learn or perfect your Czech, Polish and/or Russian language skills by making use of the relevant Language Centre courses. As the programme is focused on Eastern Europe, you will gain essential knowledge of one of the world's primary growth regions.


  • Core subjects: history, literary and cultural studies
  • Excellent staff-student ratio
  • Seminars in nearby southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic
  • Optional: complete part of your studies at one of our partner universities in Eastern or East-Central Europe
  • This degree programme can be studied wholly in German and/or English

Career prospects

This master's programme teaches you to independently analyse and solve complex problems using scientific methods.

In addition to being able to successfully undertake academic research, you will have the capability to tackle challenging tasks in business, politics and public administration. The master's degree also opens up access to doctoral study for those who wish to pursue an academic career.

Our Perspektive Osteuropa platform is unique in Germany in that it caters specifically to students and alumni whose degree programmes are oriented on East, East-Central or South-East Europe. Part of its remit is to facilitate work experience opportunities at relevant companies.

Programme syllabus

The degree programme is comprised of the following module groups:

Theories and Methods foundation modules and language module
Focus modules
Research module

In the foundation modules, you are introduced to the theories and research methods needed for scholarly work on East and East-Central Europe. You will also have the option of beginning or perfecting a Slavic language (Czech, Polish and/or Russian).

Focus modules: You will study two of the following focus module groups:

  • National, ethnic, cultural and confessional identities in East-Central Europe
  • Territories and frontiers in Eastern Europe
  • Literatures and discourses in and on Eastern Europe
  • Internal and external conflicts in East-Central Europe

Research module: In this module, you will spend three months conducting research in Germany or abroad, e.g. at an archive, library or other suitable institution. You will write a research report and subsequently present your research findings.

As part of the programme, you will write a thesis, which you will also present to your fellow students in a compact seminar held at the end of the fourth semester. The workload of the programme amounts to 120 ECTS credits.

Academic entry requirements

To apply for this degree programme, you should have a good first university degree in cultural studies or a related subject, earned after a three-year undergraduate programme, with an overall average mark equivalent to 2.5 or better on the German marking scale, or ranked among the best 50% of your cohort.

Language requirements

This programme can be studied entirely in English or in German. Applicants need to have English language skills at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), as evidenced by TOEFL, IELTS or an equivalent language certificate.
Those wishing to study the programme in German should provide a DSH-1, TestDaF 3×4 or an equivalent language certificate at level B2 CEFR.
Finally, you will need to have language skills in a Slavic language at level B2 CEFR.