The teaching on the MSc programme is built around three Core Courses, a research methods course, an extended 15,000 word thesis, and the option of studying Russian language. The first Core Course, delivered at the start of Michaelmas Term, examines the History of Russia, the USSR and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century and is examined through an extended essay submitted in Hilary Term. The second and third core courses, spanning Michaelmas and Hilary Terms, address issues of Contemporary Russian and East European Studies (CREES) from different disciplinary perspectives: CREES I covers Politics and International Relations, while CREES II covers Economics and Sociology. Each of these two courses are formally assessed through end of year exams. The research methods training is split into two parts: Qualitative Methods (Michaelmas Term) and Quantitative Methods (Hilary Term) and is designed to give you a broad-ranging introduction to different research approaches which you may need to develop as you work on your research thesis. All students of the MSc programme are required to write a research thesis of 15,000 words on a research topic of their choosing, which must be relevant to the REES region. Supervision for this element of the programme runs through the year, with a research proposal prepared for the start of Hilary Term, a work in progress seminar towards the end of Hilary Term and final submission close to the end of Trinity Term. Throughout the year, students are expected to attend the weekly programme of external seminars organised by REES or our partner Centre, based at St Antony’s – the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre (RESC). Details of the staff teaching on this programme and their research interests can be found here.
Students of the REES MSc programme progress to a variety of different career pathways, including in government and diplomacy, business analytics, consultancy, banking and finance, NGOs, teaching and further research. With regard to the latter, Oxford's new DPhil in Area Studies, introduced in 2017, provides new opportunities for inter-disciplinary doctoral research across one or more of the regions in which the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies specialises.
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