M.A. Russian and East Central European Studies

University of Passau

Program Description

M.A. Russian and East Central European Studies

University of Passau

The interdisciplinary Master's programme in Russian and East Central European Studies combines historical, literary and cultural studies of the countries and cultures of Eastern Europe.

Upon successful completion of the programme, students are awarded the academic degree of Master of Arts (M.A.). The programme imparts in-depth knowledge of Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as methodological, theoretical and applied skills.

Students also have the opportunity to acquire language expertise in Russian, Czech, and Polish at the University's Language Centre.

Language requirements

This programme can be studied entirely in English or in German. Applicants need to have English language skills at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), as evidenced by TOEFL, IELTS or an equivalent language certificate. Additionally, you will need to have language skills in a Slavic language at level B2 CEFR.


  • core subjects: history, literary and cultural studies
  • excellent staff-student ratio
  • some seminars are held in southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic
  • optional: complete part of your studies at one of our partner universities in Eastern or East-Central Europe
  • you can study the entire programme in German and/or English

Career prospects

This Master's programme aims to qualify students to conduct scientific analyses independently. By providing both practical and academic skill sets, the Russian and East European Studies programme prepares students for a wide range of career paths in business, politics and the Civil Service. Graduates may also proceed to doctoral study.

In addition, the University's Perspektive Osteuropa initiative for alumni and students of degree programmes with a focus on Eastern, East-Central or South-East Europe is intended to establish links with businesses for the purpose of facilitating internships and career opportunities.

Last updated July 29, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2016
4 - 6 semesters
Full time
July 15, 2016
Start date Oct. 2016
Germany Passau, Bavaria
Application deadline July 15, 2016
End date Request Info
Duration 4 - 6 semesters
Price Free
No tuition fees