Central and Eastern European Studies (MLitt) 2016 entry

The MLitt in Central and Eastern European Studies offers an interdisciplinary study of the eastern half of the European Union, combining the fields of history, politics, international relations, languages and literature, film studies and art to study this culturally rich and diverse region.

Course type

Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)

Course duration

One year full time

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject-related area.

If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

Tuition fees

UK and EU£6,800

Application deadline

Application requirements

  • CV
  • sample of academic written work (2,000 words)
  • two original signed academic references
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • English language requirements certificate
  • letter of intent (optional).

For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes. 

If you are looking to start this programme in 2017, you can find information about 2017 entry on the 2017 Central and Eastern European Studies MLitt page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in our archive.

Course information

Course highlights

  • Modules are wide-ranging and cover areas of international relations, history, art history and film studies, as well as Russian language and literature.
  • The School of History has a competitive Language Bursary Scheme in which students may apply to spend the summer preceding the taught element acquiring an appropriate Eastern European language.
  • Students have the option of taking a Directed Reading module (tailored individual course of study) in order to engage with a research field of specific individual interest with the support of a specialist member of staff.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Central and Eastern European Studies is an interdisciplinary programme run by the School of History in collaboration with the Schools of International Relations, Modern Languages, Art History, and the Department of Film Studies.

Over the course of two semesters, students will take four modules. Teaching methods include seminars, lectures and fortnightly tutorials. Class sizes range from individual supervision up to 12 students. The modules are assessed by coursework only; there is no final exam.

Students will spend the final three months of the course focusing on researching and writing the final assessment piece for the MLitt, a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue.

Compulsory modules

  • Masterclass in Central and East European Studies (1 and 2): provides a basic grounding in the history of modern and contemporary Central and Eastern Europe (including Russia).

Optional modules

Students choose two modules from the following:

  • Conflicts, Security and Democracy in the Greater Caucasus: examines one of the world’s most fascinating yet least understood regions, with particular attention to the many wars in the Caucasus.
  • The Soviet Union (1917-1991): studies the interlinked political, ideological, social, economic and cultural themes of the Soviet Union as well as its role on the international stage.
  • Central and Eastern Europe since 1945: traces the pattern of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe from the end of the Second World War through an examination of both the common and individual responses to this in the nations concerned.
  • History in the Making: Theories, Approaches and Practice (whole year): examines the development of history-writing and historical research since the Enlightenment, and the emergence of fields, trends and new approaches in current historiography.
  • Directed Reading in Modern History 1 and 2: encourages the development of skills of historical analysis through concentrated study of a topic chosen by the student.
  • Perceptions of Central and Eastern Europe: an advanced historical study of the transformations in the perception of Central and Eastern Europe since the emergence of modern nationalism in the mid-nineteenth century.
  • German Literary and Cultural Contexts: Turning Points (proficiency in German required): advanced knowledge of contexts that have shaped literature and culture in the German-speaking lands from the Middle Ages to the present day.
  • Generations in Russian Literature and Culture (proficiency in Russian required): investigates issues in Russian culture and history through the lens of genealogy.

The modules listed ran in the academic year 2015-2016 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2016 entry.

Take a look at the most up to date modules in the module catalogue.


Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.

Conferences and events

The School of History hosts the Early Modern and Modern History (EMMH) Postgraduate Forum, which provides a space for postgraduates at all stages to present ideas, discuss research issues and find out about what their fellow historians are up to. 

The Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies at the University of St Andrews hosts an annual conference as well as a seminar series featuring guest speakers from around the world in a variety of different positions related to Eastern European studies.  


The School of History is pleased to be able to offer a number of competitive scholarships which contribute to the fees and maintenance for postgraduate study. 

  • Language Bursaries: enables students to undertake intensive language courses abroad during the summer before their programme begins.
  • School of History MLitt Awards: offers the cash equivalent of one year's home fees and cannot be held in conjunction with other awards offering full fees and maintenance.

Find out more about postgraduate scholarships. 

After the MLitt

Research degrees

In addition to the MLitt, the School offers a two-year Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree option in Central and Eastern European Studies.

Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews. 

Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for students who have graduated during the last three years and are now starting a postgraduate programme.

Arts and Humanities Research Council studentships
The AHRC offers studentships at Research Councils UK rates for PhD research in a range of subjects including history.

PhD in History


History postgraduates go on to pursue careers in a range of sectors including journalism, publishing, think tanks, government, law and teaching. 

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills. 


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Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).

Tuition fees

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