The consecutive Master’s degree in Eastern European Studies deals with the analysis of developments in Southeast and East Central Europe, Russia and Eurasia. In this master’s degree, students have the opportunity to deal with the complex research topic Eastern Europe from different perspectives.

On the one hand, they acquire introductory and in-depth knowledge in at least one of the five disciplines represented at the Eastern Europe Institute: history, sociology, culture, politics and economics. On the other hand, the students also deal in detail with interdisciplinary regional scientific issues. The main focus of research is on contemporary topics, especially those related to the transformation processes in Eastern Europe and their historical, political and economic starting conditions. Additional emphasis is placed on questions of cultural studies as well as on the investigation of ethno-national conflicts in the Eastern European and Eurasian regions


The research-oriented master’s course in Eastern European Studies consists of a basic area, a subject-specific profile area and an interdisciplinary area with an interdisciplinary project seminar and an in-depth module that provides practical and theoretically in-depth knowledge of interdisciplinary Eastern European studies. In addition, there is an internship and modules for language acquisition.

In the internship, the students complete internship study periods totaling 300 hours on a full-time basis. As a rule, it should be carried out in an Eastern European country. However, internships relating to Eastern Europe in Germany and / or in non-Eastern European countries are also possible. More information on internship positions and fields of activity can be found in the study and examination regulations.

The structure and process of the course are regulated by the course and examination regulations. It contains descriptions of the content and an exemplary course plan as well as the type and requirements of the examination performance of the modules, the credit points (CP) for each module. or every event. It also indicates the workload for the entire course.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules of the course

Basics area
Module Concepts and Contexts of Eastern European Studies
Module Disciplinary Basics of Eastern European Studies Variant A: 3 seminars
Option B: Lecture + 2 seminars
Profile area
Module from the profile area
History: Diversity of Modernity in Eastern Europe
Culture: Symbolic and media forms of cultural practice
Politics: Institutional change taking into account domestic and international context factors
Sociology: Social change and comparison of society
Economics: Comparative economies
Advanced module from the profile area
History: Perspectives on the history of East and East Central Europe
Culture: Arts in a cultural context
Politics: Topic-specific deepening of selected policy areas
Sociology: Special sociologies and methods
Economics: Methods of economic history and resource economics
Interdisciplinary area
Interdisciplinary project work module
Interdisciplinary specialization module
Language acquisition : 3 language modules



To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • is a German or equivalent foreign degree from a university with a degree of at least 60 credit points in one of the following disciplines: political science, sociology, economics, history or cultural studies; If these credit points are distributed over several of the aforementioned disciplines, a study component of at least 40 credit points must be available in one of the aforementioned disciplines,

  • Proof of language proficiency in English (level B2 GER).


Proof of German language skills must be provided for applicants who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution . This can be done by passing the German language test for university entrance (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge according to the regulations for the German language test for university entrance of foreign applicants at the Free University of Berlin.


Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

The Master’s degree in Eastern European Studies is intended to provide the scientific basis and practical experience for later activities as an Eastern Europe expert in the following areas, among others: in politics and political advice, social policy and social work, economics and economic advice, the foreign service and international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs ), Culture, tourism, state and municipal planning and administration, media, adult education, publishing and libraries and academic institutions.

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