Structure and content
The scope of the Master's Programme in Russian Studies is 120 ECTS credits and, with full-time studies, is designed to lead to an Master of Art (MA) degree in two years. We aim to tailor individual paths to strengthen our students’ knowledge and skills and help you to complete your studies systematically. Our academic staff supports you in preparing a personal study plan (PSP) and following it through.


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


The scope of the Master of Arts degree is 120 credits (ECTS) and it contains the following studies:

Core studies (15 credits)
Global Processes in Russia (15 credits)
Optional studies (15 credits)
Career orientation (20 credits) 
Russia and Global Challenges (20 credits)
Thesis seminar and Master´s Thesis (5 + 30 credits)

Core studies (15 credits)

Core studies focuses on multi/interdisciplinary approaches within humanities, social sciences and area studies. Studies consists of introduction, major theories, methodologies as well as social, cultural and political processes.

Global Processes in Russia (15 credits)

Global Processes in Russia is to gain an understanding of Russia in a wider context utilising both process and phenomena approaches such as Norms and Ethics; Processes and flows and Reactions and responses.

Optional studies (15 credits)

Optional studies are based on student’s personal study plan created jointly with the personal study plan teacher. There is possibility to strengthen student’s disciplinary, theoretical and methodological and/or language skills.

Career Orientation (20 credits)

Career orientation consists of three courses focusing on working life skills. Module includes possibility of internship/traineeship and intensive course in Russia or Finland.

Russia and Global Challenges  (20 credits)

Module focuses on global challenges connected to Russia. The themes in the module are in/equality and resilience; security and power; environment and climate and culture and identity.

MA Thesis seminar and Master’s thesis (5 credits+ 30 credits)

In the seminar students draws thesis plan, thesis supervisors are assigned during the seminar. Part of the seminar, students present their research plan as a poster in the international Aleksanteri conference in second year autumn. In the master’s thesis students demonstrate that they can formulate relevant and interesting research question(s), create a coherent research design, analyse and produce research materials, and write a scientific research report.