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International relations with specialisation on Eurasia: which master? watch

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    Hello everybody,

    I’m looking for a taught master of international relations or international security in UK or Ireland, in which it’s possible to focus on eastern European area or Eurasia.
    Professionally speaking, I would like to work for a think tank or being employed in a risk-analysis firm.

    To filter the options, I give you some information.

    I’m French. I did a preparatory class (CPGE) for two years after my secondary education, where I studied French literature, philosophy, economy, sociology, history, English and mathematics. For humanities and social sciences, it’s the best course after the secondary education in France but it’s a typical French system, which may not be as highly regarded in other countries as it is in French-speaking country.
    Last year, I completed my bachelor’s degree (License) in History at University Paris-1 Sorbonne, which has the biggest history department over France. I earned a “mention assez bien” which may be qualified as a lower second-class honours.
    Right now, I’m studying Russian language with the aim to have, at least, a solid B1 level in the summer.
    My English is not excellent but I can work on it (by the way, sorry for my grammar mistakes). I will pass a test like IELTS or TOEFL in March or April, hoping to have good marks.

    I checked King’s College courses and I’m quite interested in the courses “War studies” and “International conflict and resolutions”

    What’s your opinion about it?

    Thanks.
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    King's is possibly best known for its War Studies course as it is strong, has good contacts to Ministry of Defence and military. This programme has been long running and successful, other security programmes are more recent. If War Studies and Conflict is your main interest, this would be a good fit for you. The Eastern Europe Department is not as strong.

    MSc Security Studies at UCL: Good empirical and normative approach, excellent methods training particularly for conversion students. Vast electives and the Russian department at SEES is well known. Both KCL and UCL are expensive.

    St Andrews: MLitt in International Security Studies. I heard the research group on Terrorism is well regarded and uni has great Russian department. Lower tuition fee than London colleges. For BA IR, St Andrews gets excellent scores for teaching. The location is really remote.

    For MSc International Politics with reference Central Asia, I would suggest SOAS. It combines also Area Studies and training in political theory. This course is classified as a disciplinary MSc and you need some relevant prior modules. SOAS has good guest speaker series.

    Maybe MSc in International Security at Sussex, its IR department has a fine reputation internationally. But maybe more know for critical theory, constructivism and development.

    MSc International Politics at Aberystwyth University. Gets excellent scores for teaching. The location is really remote. Reasonable tuition fee. The syllabus has a good mix of theory and methods, merits a closer look.

    Good luck, your English is impeccable and you will nail the IELTS. How many points out of 20 is “mention assez bien”?
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    (Original post by PreservedDuck)
    Hello everybody,

    I’m looking for a taught master of international relations or international security in UK or Ireland, in which it’s possible to focus on eastern European area or Eurasia.
    Professionally speaking, I would like to work for a think tank or being employed in a risk-analysis firm.

    To filter the options, I give you some information.

    I’m French. I did a preparatory class (CPGE) for two years after my secondary education, where I studied French literature, philosophy, economy, sociology, history, English and mathematics. For humanities and social sciences, it’s the best course after the secondary education in France but it’s a typical French system, which may not be as highly regarded in other countries as it is in French-speaking country.
    Last year, I completed my bachelor’s degree (License) in History at University Paris-1 Sorbonne, which has the biggest history department over France. I earned a “mention assez bien” which may be qualified as a lower second-class honours.
    Right now, I’m studying Russian language with the aim to have, at least, a solid B1 level in the summer.
    My English is not excellent but I can work on it (by the way, sorry for my grammar mistakes). I will pass a test like IELTS or TOEFL in March or April, hoping to have good marks.

    I checked King’s College courses and I’m quite interested in the courses “War studies” and “International conflict and resolutions”

    What’s your opinion about it?

    Thanks.
    Glasgow does an International Masters in Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies (IMRCEES). It is a double degree, you spend the first year in Glasgow and the second year at an Eastern European university (one of the options is KIMEP University in Kazakhstan!). You can specialise in a range of things including Central Asian Studies.

    UCL offers a very similar degree, the International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS). The main difference is that you can't go to Kazakhstan on this degree and there doesn't appear to be as many Central Asia-related modules. That said, it is based at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, probably the best place in Europe to study the region.
 
 
 
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