Master of Arts in East and Central European Studies
Take part of a unique education within a field with growing relevance for both governments and business in Europe and beyond, with teachers from two of Europe's leading universities.
Length of programme: 2 years (4 semesters)
Credits (ECTS): 120
Educational level: Second cycle
Degree: Master of Arts in East- and Central European Studies
Main field of study: East- and Central European Studies
Language of instruction: English
Original application period opens: 18 October 2021.
Original deadline for applications: 17 January 2022.
Admission: Admission every second autumn term.
Next regular application round opens: 15 January 2023
Open for late applications!
The programme is now open for late applications for study start in end of August 2022. Apply here: https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se
Please note: applicants who are non-EU nationals and do not already have a residence permit in Sweden should not apply in this round, as their applications for student visas will not be processed in time for the study start. (This does not apply to refugees from Ukraine, however; read more here.)
About the programme
The Master's programme in Eastern and Central European is a top-level education that opens up a career in governmental administration, business, military, mass media, but also prepares for further education at the postgraduate level. Here, historical, political, linguistic and cultural scientific perspectives are amalgamated in the study of the region of Eastern and Central Europe.
A unique feature of the programme is the combination of analytical focus on current social, cultural and political developments in the region with solid language training.
The programme is given at the Centre for Languages and Literature at Lund University, but includes an introduction course given in cooperation with the Department of Intercultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen. A collaboration between two of Europe's leading universities located in different countries but only an hour apart by train over the Öresund Bridge.
As a student on this programme, you will learn to:
- independently distinguish, formulate and investigate different themes and problems of relevance in Eastern and Central Europe;
- critically review and compile sources in at least one Eastern and Central European language,
- apply subject-relevant knowledge of science theory and methodology, with emphasis on aspects that are central to studies of Eastern and Central Europe;
- use in-depth knowledge of complex cultural, political and historical problems of particular relevance for Eastern and Central Europe to analyse different kind of situations and make informative assessments about them;
- develop project management and communication skills.
Knowledge and competence in central and eastern European societies, languages and cultures is relatively scarce in western Europe. But political and economic trends indicate that it is a competence that will grow in demand, both among different levels of governmental bodies (from UN and EU to local government) and NGOs as well as among private businesses who want to reach out to the growing markets in these regions.
Not least is demand for this kind of education high in the Øresund region. Organizations such as UN City Copenhagen, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Oxfam Sweden, Individual Human Aid, Kultur Skåne, the Danish Cultural Institute and the Swedish Institute all have a constant need for employees with solid language skills, a good ability to produce information material, lead projects and provide competent socio-political analysis on issues relating to these regions. The compulsory course in project management, will also prepare our students for work in the business community as communicators, project managers, consultants and social analysts.
The programme also provides an excellent basis for PhD studies.