MA European Studies: East European Studies

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MA European Studies: East European Studies

University of Amsterdam

In the one-year Master’s programme East European Studies you will acquire a thorough knowledge of the history of Eastern European countries (including Russia) and an insight into recent developments there.

East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam

Europe’s vast and open border region in the East – from Poland and the Balkans to the Urals and the Caucasus – has been the bedrock of the most radical transformations and dramatic conflicts that shaped the modern era. Our yearlong Master's in East European Studies offers you a fascinating, research-oriented journey into the politics and culture of this region in the 20 th and 21 st centuries. You will explore the relationship between East and West, popular culture and everyday life and the interplay between power centers and peripheries. You will zoom in on nation building and conflicts in sub-regions like the Caucasus, Ukraine/Crimea, or the Balkans, and on the relationship between nationalism and political Islam or Christian Orthodoxy.

Founded in 1948, our Master's programme is now welcoming international students and offers a unique opportunity for rigorous interdisciplinary training in East European studies:

  • Explore political and cultural complexities of the region while following a comprehensive curriculum, combined with staff-led tutorials tailored to your regional and thematic interests.
  • Benefit from our international staff and its broad interdisciplinary expertise, in the classroom and during individual mentoring for your Master's thesis.
  • Engage with new, cutting-edge research projects in the field through weekly spotlight seminars with staff members and guest lectures by leading scholars from around the world.
  • Gain practical experience through an internship in NGOs, academic institutions, or the diplomatic sector.
  • Live and work at the heart of a truly cosmopolitan capital, and study at one of Europe's top-rated academic institutions.

Degree certificate

East European Studies is an accredited degree programme of European Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in European Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).


The East European Studies programme provides deeper learning and specialisation in the history, politics and culture of Eastern Europe. The study programme covers a wide geographical area stretching from Central and Eastern Europe (including Russia) to Central Asia and the Caucasus. The core modules 'Socialist Eastern Europe' and 'Europe after 1989' are central to the programme (18 ECTS). Additionally, you will choose electives (at least 24 ECTS) from East European Studies courses. One elective can be replaced by an internship (6 EC).

Programme structure

The Master's in East European Studies comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 18 credits for core courses.
  • 24 credits for electives.
  • 18 credits for a Master's thesis.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 19, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
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Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students €13,400 per year.