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East and Central European Studies - Master's Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

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Join our master programme in East and Central European Studies and take part of a fascinating journey into the heart of a historically and culturally rich region. From its early modern history through the transformative events of the Cold War era to contemporary political shifts, the knowledge gained is not only academically enriching but also highly relevant in today's interconnected but also increasingly conflict-ridden world. Beyond offering a nuanced understanding of the area's diverse political, cultural and social dynamics, our programme equips you with invaluable insights into the geopolitical landscape as well as offer training in communication and management skills.

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 and cultural scientific perspectives are amalgamated in the study of the regions of Eastern and Central Europe.

The programme is taught by qualified lecturers with exemplary research and teaching records, and you will have the opportunity to meet distinguished guest speakers from both academia and the private and public sphere by participating in our research seminars. You will also get to develop practical skills through a project management course and the possibility of doing a semester of work placement.

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.

Programme structure

During the first semester you are introduced to the transdisciplinary field of East and Central European Studies through an introduction course about the historical, political and cultural development in East and Central Europe, with a focus on the formation of democracy and civil society, as well as the problems associated with this process, in the 20th and 21st centuries. This is followed by a thematic specialisation course on how the historical interactions between Russia and Eastern Europe during the 20th century inform current processes of identity building.

The second semester begins with a course on the various theories and methods that underpin a humanities approach to East and Central European Studies. Followed by a more practical course on project management. During the third semester, you have the possibility to further deepen these practical skills by doing an internship.

During the fourth and final semester, you get to complete an independent research project. You'll be responsible for formulating your own research problem, selecting an appropriate method, gathering and analysing theoretical and empirical material, and presenting your results in a written report. Although you'll work independently, you'll receive guidance and feedback from a department-appointed supervisor throughout the research process.

Career prospects

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 a good ability to produce information material, lead projects and provide competent socio-political analysis on issues relating to these regions. The programme also provides an excellent basis for PhD studies.

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Academic Advisor

Robert Ekdahl

Phone: +46 46 222 74 05

Email: robert [dot] ekdahl [at] sol [dot] lu [dot] se

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Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Admission to the program requires a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in humanities or social sciences or the equivalent. The undergraduate level degree must include an independent written work corresponding to the Bachelor's thesis.

Another requirement is demonstrated knowledge of English equivalent to English 6, as well as requirements for documented language skills equivalent to either 60 credits at the university level mother tongue in one of the following languages: Albanian, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Modern Greek, Moldavian, Montenegrin, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian or Yiddish.

Selection criteria

Selection is based on academic qualifications (grades from courses with subject content of special relevance to the education, especially the degree project), two letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose explaining why the applicant is suitable for the program and what he / she expects from it. In addition, experience of work, studies and/or internships in Eastern and Central Europe is an advantage and will also be taken into consideration.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

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Country-specific requirements

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Start Autumn Semester 2024

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

2 September 2024 - 7 June 2026


Closed for applications

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
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  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you will need to submit a statement of purpose and two letters of recommendation. You must also prove that you meet the specific European language requirements. Visit the page below for further instructions:

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 250 000

First payment: SEK 62 500

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.

Scholarship information on the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations