Master's Degree Programme in Russian and European Studies

Master's Degree Programme in Russian and European Studies (RES) offers a unique interdisciplinary learning environment for students interested in Russian politics, society, culture and language as well as in global, international and regional political dynamics in Northern Europe. RES has been designed to respond to demands from the academia, policymakers, businesses and NGOs for graduates with an advanced knowledge in these areas.

The three specialization options that students may choose from when applying to the programme are International Relations, Sociology and Russian Language and Culture. Depending on specialization, the modes of study can include study trips and exchange studies in Russian and various other European universities; practical training; intensive study weeks in Tampere and Russia together with students of partner universities (International Relations students, organized as part of the Finnish-Russian Cross-Border University CBU); in addition to lectures, seminars, symposia and workshops, as well as independent studies. Teaching in the specializations of International Relations and Sociology is given fully in English, whereas in the specialization of Russian Language and Culture many of the advanced compulsory courses are taught in Russian language.

Learning Outcomes

Students having completed the MDP in Russian and European Studies will be able to:

  • thoroughly understand political, societal and cultural dynamics in Russian-European interfaces
  • examine events in Russian and European affairs in the context of an interplay of global, regional, international and local dynamics
  • analyze Russian-European affairs with the help of theoretical approaches available within their area of specialization – international relations, sociology, or Russian language and culture

In addition to the learning outcomes specific to the RES programme, students have acquired advanced research skills and are able to:

  • conduct research and report research results following academic conventions both independently and in teams
  • search and identify relevant sources of information
  • analytically and critically apply this knowledge in working life
  • communicate expertise and knowledge in a way relevant to the academic community and the general public
Faculty of Social Sciences