Goals, contents and structure

Upon completion of the Master's Programme in Russian Studies, you will have acquired in-depth knowledge of Russia's past and present, and also developed Russia-related expertise for use in your future career. You will be able to recognise changes in your field of expertise, adjust your skills to these changes, and update your knowledge and skills independently.

There will be an increasing need in the future for expertise in culture, politics, and society in a variety of fields across national and international areas. As a graduate from Russian Studies, you can find employment in the public sector, academic environments, education, journalism, business, and non-governmental organizations. You will delve into a breadth and depth of social and cultural phenomena, identifying their significance for Russia, and for the world at large.

In our curriculum, you can find multi- and inter-disciplinary courses focusing on Russia in a global context. In addition to these academic courses, you can find project courses focusing on strengthening your professional skills such as critical thinking, knowledge production, and project work. As a student, you benefit from Aleksanteri Institute’s international network, reap the rewards of abundant research opportunities, while also taking advantage of a global network of experts in the field. You have an option to learn the Russian language and make short-term excursions and internships.

In the Russian Studies programme we aim to tailor individual paths to strengthen our students’ knowledge and skills.

As a student of our Russian Studies programme you will:

  • Obtain tools to think globally through the area studies focusing on Russia
  • Acquire expertise in Russia for use in many fields that require knowledge of Russia
  • Approach Russia in a global context from multi- and interdisciplinary point of view such as cultural studies, environmental studies, security studies, politics, welfare, gender studies
  • You approach global challenges and Russia through phenomena and processes taught by teachers from sociology, literature, linguistics, administration, history, international relations, law, religion, geography, media, political science, social policy, and social anthropology
  • You can study Russian language courses to improve your skills in Russian
  • Strengthen your working life skills by participating our innovative project courses
  • Make short excursion(s) and short internships
  • Participate in on-going research projects at the Aleksanteri Institute
  • Strengthen your understanding of theory and methodology in area studies, and work on your academic writing skills
  • Write your Master’s thesis and learn about career opportunities with Russia experts from different scientific fields

In our programme, your education will include lectures, group work, workshops/seminars, examinations, and project work.

The scope of the Master of Arts degree is 120 credits (ECTS).

The degree contains the following studies:

  • Obligatory study units (75 credits) (discipline-specific advanced studies)
  • Optional study units (15 credits)
  • Master's thesis 30 credits
The International Master's Programme in Russian Studies

In your Master’s studies, you focus mainly on discipline-specific advanced studies. During this stage, you deepen your knowledge of your chosen field through both studies and writing your Master’s thesis.

Russian Studies Curriculum


We help you to complete your studies systematically. Our academic staff supports you in preparing a personal study plan (PSP) and following it through. The programme, with full-time studies, is designed to lead to an MA degree in two years.