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 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.
Your expertise will give you a solid background in critical thinking and provide you with the readiness to face challenges in diverse professional environments. For instance, you can continue on to a career in government and education, or find employment in the media, the business world or in the service of non-governmental organisations.
Your teachers will be scholars from the Aleksanteri Institute and other units of university of Helsinki. They have solid teaching experience and broad research credentials. Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki is the largest and well-known research institute for Russian studies in Europe. Our teachers use innovative teaching approaches to area studies, which develop your critical thinking and analytical skills in a global environment of increasing digitalization and complex social change.
The Master´s Programme in Russian Studies at the University of Helsinki promotes an understanding of Russia as a vital member of global and local communities and an important and powerful player today. There will be a continuing need in the future for expertise in Russian culture, politics, and society in a variety of fields in national and international arenas.
In the Master’s Programme, you will
- acquire expertise in Russia for use in many fields that require knowledge of Russia, its culture and institutions
- study basic Russian language courses to improve your skills in Russian
- make short excursion(s)
- participate in on-going research projects
- strengthen your understanding of theory, and work on your academic writing skills
- write your Master’s thesis and learn about career opportunities with Russia experts from different scientific fields
As a student of Russian Studies, you will write academic essays and learning diaries, but also practice problem-solving learning. Your education will include attending lectures, participation in group work and workshops/seminars, and examinations as well as 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
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.
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.
RUS-300 Master’s Programme in Russian Studies 120 credits
RUS-301 Orientation to Russian Studies
RUS-500 Module Global Processes in Russia (RUS-302 - RUS-304)
|RUS-302 Norms and Ethics||5 credits|
|RUS-303 Processes and Flows||5 credits|
|RUS-304 Reactions and Responses||5 credits|
|RUS-305 Methods and Theories||10 credits|
|Optional Studies||15 credits|
|Module: Career Orientation (RUS-306 – RUS-307)||10 credits|
|RUS-306 Mid-term Project||5 credits|
|RUS-307 Excursion||5 credits|
|Module Russia and Global Challenges (RUS-308 - RUS-311)||20 credits|
|RUS-308 In/Equality & Resilience||5 credits|
|RUS-309 Security & Power||5 credits|
|RUS-310 Environment & Climate||5 credits|
|RUS-311 Identity & Culture||5 credits|
|RUS-312 Project Course||10 credits|
|RUS-313 MA Thesis Seminar||5 credits|
|RUS-800 Master’s Thesis||30 credits|