EASTERN EUROPEAN STUDIES

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

As a Master’s degree student of East European Studies, you have the opportunity to specialise in the language you know from your Bachelor’s degree. The degree programme requires that you already have sound knowledge of the Russian or Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language.

In the Master’s degree programme in Eastern European Studies, you will have further opportunity to use your language skills for in-depth study of the aspects of Eastern European culture and history that interest you.

You can use these skills to facilitate communication and contact between Denmark and Eastern Europe. You can do so as a consultant or translator in a private sector company or any other context in which in-depth knowledge of Eastern European affairs is required. 

New and old cultural contacts

Since the fall of communism, an enormous market has opened up in Russia and the rest of Eastern Europe, both culturally and commercially. The extension of the EU means that Denmark now has even closer contact with a number of these countries. With a Master’s degree in East European Studies, you can contribute to creating and maintaining this contact and to sharing the riches of Eastern European culture.

The aim of the degree programme is for you to specialise in the area you are familiar with from your Bachelor’s degree programme. You continue to develop your skills in your chosen language but you also study the corresponding culture, history and current social conditions in depth. It is in the Master’s degree programme that you really benefit from what you learnt during your Bachelor’s degree studies. Depending on your interests, you can choose either the language or the history/culture track.

The subject is one of the small degree programmes at the university. This creates opportunities for dialogue-based teaching and a close relationship between teachers and students. You will nevertheless also become part of a larger group of students in the subjects you share with students of European Studies. In the degree programme, you take a number of courses together with students studying other languages at the Department of East European Studies. The syllabus will, however, be adapted to your particular language and area. 

New skills and many new potential careers

As a Master’s degree student, you get an opportunity to shape your degree through profile subjects or project-oriented training in a company or institution where you get an opportunity to test your skills in a business context. If you are considering an international career, it is an obvious choice to combine the project-oriented training with a stay in the part of Eastern Europe you are studying.

A Master’s degree in East European Studies gives you an opportunity to work as a consultant in the public or private sector. Your knowledge of Eastern European societies and your language skills can, for example, be used in Danish companies operating in Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro or Russia, but you can also choose to pursue a career as an interpreter or translator, either on a freelance basis or as an employee of an organisation or company. It goes without saying that you can also work within teaching or research upon completion of your degree.

Admission requirements

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in Eastern European Studies (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA. 

The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.

Programme structure

Academic regulations


 

Student life

Small is good. The study environment at the Section for East European Studies may be short on numbers but makes up for it by having a close-knit environment. You quickly get to know the students in the other lines – also students in other year groups. You also get to know your teachers much better than is the case in other degree programmes. This gives you a strong sense of belonging to the degree programme, and you will never feel alone or lost.

It is also possible to get an allocated study area at the reference library of East European Studies, where all the relevant text books and reference books are within reach.

Despite its limited size, East European Studies has active and lively associations and committees with everything from a film club to a student newspaper (perestrojka.dk). The Pod stolom (‘under the table’) social committee organises a Christmas lunch, theme parties and other festivities.

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Career

Competence profile

The Master’s degree in East European Studies teaches you the following competences:

  • the ability to work methodologically, critically and independently with texts and other media;
  • the ability to analyse and work with complex issues of an interdisciplinary nature;
  • the ability to reflect independently within a given theoretical and methodological area;
  • the ability to communicate verbally and in writing in both scientific and non-scientific contexts;
  • the ability to get by in the chosen language, both verbally and in writing
  • the ability to be a part of professional and social groups across cultural differences and to understand other people’s perceptions of reality. 

Job profile

With a Master’s degree in East European Studies, you qualify for the following jobs:

  • Consultant in a company in Denmark or abroad
  • Translator
  • Communication officer or text writer in the public or private sector
  • Researcher and teacher at a university
  • Interpreter in Denmark or abroad

Career guidance

Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.