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Our Eurasian Political Economy & Energy MSc focuses on the political and economic analysis of the extraction, production and export of energy in Eurasia. Read more…

Our Eurasian Political Economy & Energy MSc focuses on the political and economic analysis of the extraction, production and export of energy in Eurasia. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the interconnected challenges facing the energy sector – and more broadly political, economic and social actors – in Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Europe, and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis 

Key benefits

  • Rigorous analysis-driven, multi-disciplinary course on the functioning and future of the Russian and Eurasian energy sectors.
  • Quality research-based teaching in a breadth of fields, with unique opportunities to engage with policy practitioners.
  • Unparalleled opportunity to study Russia and Eurasia in a world-spanning context from across our Global Institutes.
  • Draws on our network of connections, including a wide range of academic links with Russian universities and academic organisations, as well as Russian and international businesses, government agencies, international organisations and others.


Our Eurasian Political Economy & Energy MSc is designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to analyse a broad range of contemporary Russian and Eurasian policy challenges. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the interlocking social, political and economic challenges that have faced Russia and Eurasia in recent decades, extensive knowledge of Russian and Eurasian current events and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis. In addition, you will pursue specialised research and learning in a relevant field of your choice. The course will emphasise a comparative perspective throughout, and we will encourage to use your knowledge of the Russian and Eurasian case to challenge existing global theoretical and policy approaches.

Our MSc is part of the Russian Policy Studies.

The Russian Policy Studies course provides you with a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

  • The history of social, political and economic change in post-Soviet Russia.
  • Key challenges facing political, economic and other social actors across sectors and topics in Russia today.
  • Practical approaches to the collection and analysis of empirical data relevant to policy or academic puzzles in the Russian context and beyond.
  • The perspectives of policy practitioners professionally engaged with Russia
  • The policy-relevant implications of real and potential developments for policymakers and other relevant actors in the UK, Europe or elsewhere.

Additionally, our MSc Eurasian Political Economy & Energy course will focus on:

  • Energy and natural resources as a factor in domestic and international processes, including a critical analysis of the ‘resource curse’ argument.
  • The role of natural resources in the economic and political development of resourceabundant countries.
  • The application of political economy theories and approaches to themes of economic policymaking in resource-rich countries.
  • The utility of national statistical and budgetary data for enhancing research on economic policymaking.

This course will appeal to if you are a graduate of politics, economics and energy-related studies, Russian and European studies programmes, or if you studied a different course but you have developed an interest in Russian and Eurasian energy and/or you are seeking a career involving work in the sector.

Course format and assessment


You will typically have 20 hours per 20-credit taught module as well as 180 hours of self-study (some modules may

involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning). Typically one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

For the dissertation module, you will have 16 contact hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors and workshops to complement 584 hours of self-study and project work.

If you are taking the part-time course, you will take at least 60 credits of required modules during your first year, and take the remaining credits and your dissertation in your second year, although this can be individually discussed with the student.


Russia Institute modules will be assessed by essays, other written work (including policy briefs and memoranda, scenario analyses and models), timed written exams, in-class quizzes and presentations, and class participation and attendance.

Most 20-credit modules will have a volume of assessment equivalent to a 4,000-word essay, but this may be distributed over several different assessments.

The dissertation module assessment will be 100 per cent on the dissertation itself (14,000 words); a 1,000-word dissertation proposal is required but not assessed. Assessment of modules from other departments/institutes may vary.

Career prospects

You will develop skills and knowledge over the duration of this course which will make you more attractive to a range of employers. Our graduates have gone on to careers in analytical, research or strategic roles in business, particularly the energy sector, in diplomacy, international civil service, non-governmental organisations, media and journalism and to further academic research.

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Former names

King's College, London Faculty of Arts (1831)
King's College, London Faculties of Music and Theology (1831)
King's College London School of Humanities (1988)
King's College London School of Arts and Humanities (2009)
King's College London Faculty of Arts and Humanities (2014)

Parent institution

King's College London
Dean of FacultyRussell Goulbourne
LocationLondon, United Kingdom

The King's College London Faculty of Arts & Humanities is one of the nine academic Faculties of Study of King's College London. It is situated on the Strand in the heart of central London, in the vicinity of many renowned cultural institutions with which the Faculty has close links including the British Museum, Shakespeare's Globe, the National Portrait Gallery and the British Library.[1] As of 2016[update], the Times Higher Education comparison of world-class universities ranked it amongst the top twenty arts and humanities faculties in the world.[2]

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities offers study at undergraduate and graduate level in a wide range of subject areas. Many of the departments and programmes offer joint undergraduate degrees, including some with the Departments of Geography and War Studies, in the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy and with Mathematics in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences.[3] As a member of the Russell Group, the Faculty receives a high number of applications.

A highlight of the academic calendar is the Faculty's Arts & Humanities Festival[4] when, as one of Britain's pre-eminent centres of research in the Arts and Humanities, the Faculty opens its doors for a fortnight of debate and exploration about a topic and its reverberation in a range of cultural forms, from fiction and theatre to art. The Festival includes a series of lectures by King's academics, exhibitions, round-table discussions and workshops.

The Faculty is a member of The Council of University Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH UK), and of London Citizens. The current Dean of Faculty is Professor Russell Goulbourne, who took over from Professor Simon Gaunt in January 2014.


Departments like English and German are among England's oldest and were founded in the 19th century. King's College London's Faculty of Arts merged with the Faculties of Music and Theology as the School of Humanities in the late 1980s and took on the name of the School of Arts & Humanities in 2009. The original Arts departments such as War Studies and Geography formed part of the School of Social Science & Public Policy in 2001, while the Arts & Humanities expanded from its 'classical' humanities roots.[5] Over the past few years, the School has established interdisciplinary programmes such as Comparative Literature and a new BA in Liberal Arts launched in 2012. It has led new developments in teaching and research, for instance through the Department of Digital Humanities, Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, and the Modern Language Centre. The School of Arts & Humanities became the Faculty of Arts & Humanities in 2014.


The following departments and centres can be found in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities:

  • Centre for Hellenic Studies (incorporating Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies)
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Culture, Media & Creative Industries
  • Digital Humanities
  • English Language & Literature
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Modern Language Centre
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies
  • Theology & Religious Studies

Interdisciplinary research centres[edit]

Arts and Humanities Research Institute (AHRI)[edit]

The Arts and Humanities Research Institute is a hub to foster innovative interdisciplinary research across the Faculty. It is home to many of the Faculty's interdisciplinary research centres:

  • Camões Centre for Portuguese Language & Culture
  • Centre for Enlightenment Studies @ King's
  • Centre for Hellenic Studies
  • Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies
  • Centre for Life Writing
  • Centre for Modern Literature and Culture
  • London Shakespeare Centre
  • Menzies Centre for Australian Studies
  • Queer@King’s

Cross Faculty research centres[edit]

  • Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication (with the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy)
  • Centre for the Humanities & Health

Notable people[edit]

Current academic staff[edit]

  • Roderick Beaton FBA, Koraes Professor of Modern Greek & Byzantine History, Language & Literature
  • George Benjamin CBE, Henry Purcell Professor of Composition
  • Francisco Bethencourt, Charles Boxer Professor
  • Catherine Boyle FKC, Professor of Latin American Cultural Studies
  • Richard Burridge FKC, Dean of King's College London, Professor of Biblical Interpretation
  • David Carpenter FRHistS FKC, Professor of Medieval History
  • Oliver Davies, Professor of Christian Doctrine
  • Richard Drayton FRHistS, Rhodes Professor of Imperial History
  • Richard Dyer FBA, Professor of Film Studies
  • Simon Gaunt FKC, Professor of French Literature
  • Paul Gilroy FBA, Professor of American & English Literature
  • Edith Hall, Professor of Classics
  • Brian Hurwitz, D'Oyly Carte Professor of Medicine & the Arts
  • Paul Janz, Professor of Philosophical Theology
  • Roger Parker FBA, Thurston Dart Professor of Music
  • Jonathan Sacks Kt FKC, former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
  • Clemens Sedmak, Professor of Moral & Social Theology
  • Martin Stokes FBA, King Edward Professor of Music
  • Patrick Wright, Professor of Literature and Visual & Material Culture
  • Paul Joyce, Samuel Davidson Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

Former academic staff[edit]

  • Harrison Birtwistle FKC CH, British contemporary composer
  • Averil Cameron DBE FBA FRHistS FKC, Warden of Keble College, Oxford, Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine History in the University of Oxford, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford
  • A. G. Dickens (1910-2001) FBA, historian, former Director of the Institute of Historical Research
  • John Eliot Gardiner CBE FKC, English conductor
  • John Elliott FBA FRHistS FKC, historian
  • F. J. C. Hearnshaw (1869-1946) FKC, historian
  • Judith Herrin FKC, Emeritus Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
  • Efraim Karsh, Founding Director and Emeritus Professor of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies
  • Mario Vargas Llosa FKC, Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, essayist, and Nobel Prize laureate
  • P. J. Marshall CBE FBA FRHistS FKC, Emeritus Rhodes Professor of Imperial History, President of the Royal Historical Society from 1997-2001
  • Janet Nelson DBE FBA FRHistS FKC, Emeritus Professor of Medieval History, President of the Royal Historical Society from 2001 to 2005
  • Richard Overy FBA FRHistS FKC, historian
  • Curtis Price KBE FKC, Warden of New College, Oxford
  • David Profumo FRSL, an English novelist, 6th Baron Profumo
  • Conrad Russell (1937-2004), 5th Earl Russell
  • Richard Sorabji CBE FBA FKC, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
  • Susan Stebbing (1885-1943), Lecturer in Philosophy

Deans of Faculty[edit]

  • Barry Ife (Spanish, now Principal at Guildhall): August 1989 - July 1997
  • Linda Newson (Geography, also Director at ILAS): August 1997 - July 2000
  • Michael Knibb (Theology, retired): August 2000 - July 2001
  • David Ricks (CHS/CompLit): August 2001 - July 2004
  • Ann Thompson (English, retired): August 2004 - December 2007
  • Jan Palmowski (German, now Pro-VC at Warwick): January 2008 - December 2012
  • Simon Gaunt (French): January 2013 - December 2013
  • Russell Goulbourne (French): January 2014 -

Notable alumni[edit]

See also: List of King's College London alumni

Further information: List of RADA alumni


  • Nick Barratt, genealogist. Studied History.
  • Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House. Studied Classics.
  • Rory Bremner FKC, Scottish impressionist, playwright and comedian. Studied French and German.
  • Anita Brookner CBE FKC (1928–2016), novelist and art historian. Studied History.
  • David Bruce, composer, currently commissioned to write a new piece for clarinet & string quartet for the Carnegie Hall. Awarded a PhD in Composition in music, under the supervision of Sir Harrison Birtwistle.
  • George Leonard Carey, Baron Carey of Clifton, PC, FKC, was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002.
  • Douglas Carswell, MP for Clacton. Studied postgraduate History.
  • Richard Cheetham, Anglican Bishop of Kingston upon Thames. Studied Theology & Religious Education.
  • Josh Cooper (1901-1981), English cryptographer. Studied Russian at King's & was later member of the Government Code & Cipher School.
  • Mike Dash, Welsh writer, journalist and researcher (who did a "...particularly obscure PhD thesis, entitled British Submarine Policy 1853–1918" in War Studies, then in the School of Arts & Humanities). Dash worked for 20 years as contributing editor and publisher of the journal Fortean Times.
  • Alain de Botton FRSL, writer, philosopher, television presenter and entrepreneur. Studied Philosophy
  • Maureen Duffy FKC, poet, playwright and novelist - her novel Capital includes oblique but unmistakable references to King's. Studied English.
  • Anne Dudley, Oscar and Grammy award-winning English composer and pop musician. Studied Music.
  • Natascha Engel, MP for North East Derbyshire. Studied German & Portuguese.
  • John Eliot Gardiner, English conductor and Grammy winner.
  • Greer Garson (1904-1996) CBE, actress. Studied French.
  • W. S. Gilbert (1836–1911) librettist and illustrator known for fourteen comic Savoy operas produced under the famed Gilbert and Sullivan theatrical partnership.
  • Jonathan Gill, member of the British boyband JLS.
  • Harry Golombek, international chess grandmaster and wartime codebreaker. Studied Philology.
  • Thomas Hardy (1840–1928), famous English novelist and poet and a Victorian realist
  • Susan Hill CBE FKC, English author of fiction and non-fiction. Studied English.
  • Garry Kilworth, fantasy and historical novelist. Studied English.
  • Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), novelist, author of The Water-Babies.
  • John Kittmer, British Ambassador to Greece. Studied Modern Greek Studies.
  • Hanif Kureishi, playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker, novelist and short story writer. Studied Philosophy.
  • Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough. Studied English.
  • Alice Martineau (1972-2003) was an English pop singer and songwriter, studied English.
  • Dianna Melrose, British diplomat, ambassador to Cuba. Studied French and Spanish.
  • Michael Morpurgo OBE FKC, author, poet, playwright and librettist. Studied English and French.
  • Michael Nyman, English pianist, librettist and musicologist and an Oscar-award winning composer. Studied Music.
  • Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth. Studied History.
  • Wendy Piatt, Director General of The Russell Group of UK universities. Studied English.
  • Princess Antonia, daughter of Prince Frederick of Prussia. Studied English.
  • John Ruskin, leading English art critic/patron of the Victorian era, and a famous draughtsman, watercolorist as well as a philanthropist. Studied English Literature.
  • Jonathan Sacks, a Templeton Prize winner, he served as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. Studied Philosophy.
  • Elizabeth Smart (1913 - 1986), Canadian poet and novelist. Her book, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, detailed her romance with the poet George Barker. Studied Music.
  • Anne Somerset, writer of well regarded historical books, the first being The Life & Times of William IV. Her acclaimed biography was on Elizabeth I was published in 1991. Studied History.
  • David Tang, Hongkong businessman and founder of Shanghai Tang international clothing chain. Studied Philosophy.
  • Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West since 1997. Studied History.
  • Paddy Tomkins QPM, appointed Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland by Royal Warrant in March 2007. Studied History.
  • Jane Tranter, English television executive. Studied English Literature.
  • Desmond Tutu FKC, former Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Laureate. Studied Theology.
  • Virginia Woolf (1882–1941), an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the 20th century. Studied Languages and History.
  • Yiruma, famous South Korean pianist and composer. Studied Music.

Summer School[edit]

The Faculty also offers well recognised Summer School courses as part of the King's College London Summer School.[14] Courses are intensive and use the Faculty’s links with external cultural institutions and make 'London a classroom’. Courses on offer showcase work done in research centres such as Queer@Kings or the Centre for Humanities & Health.


Many academic staff at King's are editors and contributors to many standard editions such as the Arden Shakespeare series. The Faculty of Arts & Humanities houses several publication series, from monographs produced in conjunction with other publishing houses such as Ashgate to small in-house series.

The current list of series includes

  • Modern Poetry in Translation (Second Series)
  • Plain Text Series
  • Centre for Hellenic Studies Publications
  • Institute of Advanced Musical Studies: Study Texts
  • Adam Archive Publications
  • Centre for Twentieth-Century Studies Publications
  • King’s College London Medieval Series
  • King’s College London Hispanic Series
  • Office for Humanities Communication Series
  • Mediterranean Studies Monographs


External links[edit]

Auto-icon of the famous writer and King's alumna, Virginia Woolf, in a building named after her that houses some of the departments under Arts and Humanities.

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