Deze opleiding

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This programme explores Russia and the Eurasian world from the perspectives of language, literature and culture, or politics, history and economics.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
The Master's in Russian and Eurasian Studies draws on Leiden University's status as an international centre of expertise in the study of Russia and Eurasia.

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.

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.

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.

Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

Leiden University offers ambitious students the latest knowledge and the freedom to develop their own area of expertise.
  • Leiden University is one of Europe's top international research universities and an international centre of expertise. Students access unique and outstanding learning resources at Leiden University, including its world-famous library.
  • Our reputation as a centre of excellence means that your qualification is respected by potential employers at organisations worldwide. Our graduates enjoy successful careers thanks to their mix of relevant professional skills and excellent academic grounding.


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The MA Russian and Eurasian Studies offers you flexibility in the areas you choose to focus your studies. Students are required to select four courses from our department, but have the option to exchange one course for a relevant course taught outside the department, for example at the University of Amsterdam, or for a relevant internship.
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.

For an overview of the subjects offered by this programme in the current year, check out the e-Prospectus: The subjects can vary from year to year.
4 optional courses
40 EC
MA thesis
20 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
group discussion, lecture, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, seminar, self study
The aim of the Master's in Russian and Eurasian Studies is to offer participants interested in developing specialised knowledge of this region a world-class education. Your MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies is a qualification recognised by organisations around the world, and offers excellent preparation for a diverse range of careers.
study abroad
We offer a limited number of competitive scholarship and internship programmes in Russia, Georgia and other countries.
honours-/excellence program Leiden Leadership Programme

The Leiden Leadership Programme (LLP) is an honours programme of 15 ECs on top of the regular master's curriculum. The programme consists of training courses, seminars and a practical assignment.

Are you looking for an extra challenge in addition to your Leiden master's programme? Are you adventurous enough to look beyond the borders of your own master's programme? The Leiden Leadership Programme may be just what you are looking for.

The programme gives you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills. You will follow seminars and courses, as well as carrying out a practical assignment for a company or organisation as part of a small, multidisciplinary team. Your lecturers will be leading academics and experienced professionals from the business sector.

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 17500

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Knowledge, understanding and skills comparable to those acquired upon completion of the bachelor's programme Russian Studies from Leiden University, specifically:

  • Knowledge, understanding of and skills in at least two disciplines of the master's programme: politics, international relations, history, economics, linguistics, literature and culture.
  • Academic knowledge of Russian history and society.

A bachelor's degree from a university,equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor's degree.

inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

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350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1218totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


29 studenten volgen deze opleiding
59% daarvan is vrouw
4 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
100% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


MOST staat voor My ob“edinjaem studentov, Russisch voor 'Wij verenigen studenten'. Most is ook het Russische woord voor 'brug'. MOST slaat bruggen tussen Rusland en Nederland, tussen eerstejaars en ouderejaars, en tussen studenten, docenten en alumni.
MOST organiseert regelmatig filmavonden, lezingen, uitstapjes naar musea en excursies naar de Russische ambassade in Den Haag. Ook bezit de studievereniging een uitgebreide collectie Russische films waarvan je als lid gebruik kunt maken.

Op kamers in Leiden

31058studenten studerend
12630studenten woonachtig   
€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Ingrid Nelson
Ingrid Nelson - Student Testimonial Russian and Eurasian Studies Leiden University

I chose the Russian and Eurasian Studies programme at Leiden University for its flexibility in combining study components and its focus on current events in the Russian and Eurasian region.

This programme helped me immensely by giving me a deeper understanding of the political, economic, and cultural realities that shape the Russian and Eurasian region today.

lees verder ...
Tatiana Kleerebezem-Egorova
Tatiana Kleerebezem-Egorova - Student Testimonial Russian and Eurasian Studies Leiden University

Russian and Eurasian Studies offered me a good opportunity to expand my knowledge about Russia and its neighbouring countries in the sphere of politics, economics and culture. Moreover, thanks to well-qualified teachers I was able to develop my analytical skills and critical thinking.

Personal and flexible
I should mention that I found these studies both personal and flexible. There is always space for your own interests in the field...
I am very grateful for the valuable supervision of my thesis as well as for a scholarship for this research from the Wilhelmina E. Jansen Foundation. In addition, student union MOST organises many activities which help to create a warm and friendly atmosphere among the students. I truly enjoyed studying at Leiden University and doing this MA programme.

A decent starter's function
During the final period of my studies I managed to find a decent starter's function in a visa bureau which cooperates with the Russian Consulate in the Hague.

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Prof. Jos Schaeken
Testimonial Prof. Jos Schaeken

“There is a growing need for specialists in Russian language and culture.”

“I want to stimulate young people to make unorthodox study choices and to encourage them to study Russian Language and Literature or Russian Area Studies. There is a need for specialists in these areas. Russia is an emerging economy which is going to become a major player, just like China, India and Brazil. In addition to this, Russia is very close by and we are already partners in the sphere of culture...
East European Law is offered hardly anywhere in Europe. Studying this complementary subject is a real challenge.

Leiden works closely with the University of Amsterdam. Both universities offer students a complete programme in Slavic Linguistics and Russian Literature. The timetables are geared to one another; students have to do at least one course at the sister university.

We also encourage them to spend part of their study time abroad, since the structure of our master's is so international. Leiden offers students a very strong and broad academic tradition, with in-depth courses. Our target group is top students with a good knowledge of Russian and English.”

lees verder ...

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Russian and Eurasian Studies aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 10 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Leiden University's Humanities graduates do very well in the job market. A master's degree enhances all bachelor's graduates career prospects, as does relevant work experience during your studies and choosing your electives strategically.
An increasing number of organisations are exploring the Russian market as a fertile location for their products and services. This has led to an increasing demand for graduates with expertise in Russia and a solid command of the Russian language. As a graduate of the MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies, you will be qualified to meet this demand, with a range of career prospects that are both directly and indirectly related to your studies.

Some of the positions of our graduates include:

  • Project manager/policy advisor at a public management association
  • Academic staff member for Eastern European collection at an international legal library
  • Junior consultant at a software company
  • Political editor at a governmental information service
  • Regional coordinator at a human rights organisation
  • Librarian of Eastern European material at an international legal archive
  • Partner for management and business development at a trading company
  • Junior consultant at a software company
  • Trainee information specialist at an interim agency
  • Information manager at a network organisation of consultants and policy experts
  • Customer service representative at an aviation company
  • Communications officer at an NGO

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