MA Russian and Eurasian Studies


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Program Description

The master's programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies draws on Leiden University's status as an international centre of expertise in the study of Russia and Eurasia.

Learn from leading researchers in the field

Leiden University's faculty has been studying Russia and the Slavic world since 1913. Scholars from around the world come to Leiden University to study and teach in this fascinating academic field. During your master's, you will learn from accomplished faculty from Leiden University as well as visiting international scholars from our partner universities.

Flexibility to construct your own programme

A flexible degree format means that you can focus your studies on the region's language, literature and culture, or on its politics, history, international relations and economics. You can also combine elements from the two specialisations, and study courses at other top universities abroad.

International classrooms and internships

An international classroom makes this a particularly rich learning environment for our students. Competitive scholarship and internship programmes give motivated students the opportunity to study or work in Russia, Georgia, and other countries.


A wide variety of courses are offered relating to the core areas of Politics and International Relations, History, Economics, Language & Identity, Linguistics and Culture & Literature. Our courses on linguistic subjects draw on the cutting-edge research carried out at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, one of the largest linguistics institutes in the world.

Courses on modern Russian society and its historical background are embedded in the Leiden University Institute for History, which has a special focus on the study of non-European societies in a global context. At the end of the programme you are required to write a thesis based on original research. A member of our academic staff will supervise you throughout the writing of your thesis.

A detailed curriculum for the Master's in Russian and Eurasian Studies can found in our e-Prospectus:, which applies to this current academic year.

Admission and Application

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Last updated August 2019

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