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Master's Program in Russian Studies

University of Helsinki
2 years
Master's degree
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Master's Program in Russian Studies

In the Master's Program in Russian Studies, Russia is placed into the global context. Through Russia, we can look at global developments and challenges. Our aim is to give you tools to understand diverse social, political, and cultural phenomena and processes, and to identify their importance for Russia and the world at large.

The curriculum of the Program is designed to be multidisciplinary, and it is closely linked with the world-class research conducted at the Aleksanteri Institute and its international network. Aleksanteri Institute is Europe’s largest research institute dedicated to the Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies. It is comprised of an active, international community that hosts a Visiting Fellow Program, the annual Aleksanteri Conference and other research seminars and workshops, and also accommodates warm, friendly, social gatherings.

Admission requirements

Eligibility to apply for a master's Program requires an applicable bachelor's degree or other equivalent qualification.

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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 contains the following studies:

  • Core studies
  • Global in Russia
  • Project course
  • Optional studies
  • Career orientation
  • Master's thesis and seminar.

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.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships are intended for excellent students from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland who want to complete a Master's program at the University of Helsinki.

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


The yearly tuition fee (for non-EU/EEA citizens only) is 13000€

Continuing studies

The Master's Program in Russian Studies prepares you for many different career paths. In the project courses, you will have a specific focus on working life skills, and you can apply for a traineeship. If you are interested in pursuing a career in research, you can apply to continue your studies as a postgraduate student.  Successful completion of postgraduate studies will give you an opportunity to consider an international career in the academic world.

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