Russian and East European Literature and Culture MA


This MA is one of the most wide-ranging programmes of its kind, offering a rich variety of courses on the region, ranging from the pre-modern period to the 21st-century, from Russia and Poland to the Czech Republic and Croatia, and from film and philosophy to literature and cultural studies.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of aspects of Russian and/or East European literature and culture, including art, film, philosophy, and linguistics. They gain key research skills, enabling them to solve problems of conflicting sources or interpretations, locate primary and secondary materials, and use research aids and resources effectively.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is a world- leading specialist institutions, and the largest national centre in the UK, for the study of Central, Eastern and South East Europe and Russia.

Located on the edge of Bloomsbury, SSEES offers an ideal location for scholars. The British Library, British Museum, University of London Library and other similar research centres are all close by.

The SSEES Library is unequalled in Britain for the depth and breadth of its collections, the majority of which are on open access in the SSEES building.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Module

  • Literary and Cultural Theory

Options

  • Options may include the following:
  • Bakhtin and Others: Alterity, Identity and Dialogue
  • Beyond Stereotypes: The Jews in Polish Culture
  • Being Soviet: Typologies of Soviet Identity in Russian Cinema 1917–1956
  • Contemporary Cultural Studies: Between Post-Communism & Post-Modernism
  • Folly, Disaffection and Dystopia in Twentieth-Century Hungarian Literature
  • Freedom Death and Love: Polish Fiction 1918–2005 (language prerequisite)
  • Gender and Sexuality in Modern Russian Culture
  • How to Read/Interpret Texts: Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • Ire, Irony, Ideology: Satire and Humour in Russian Culture
  • Isolate and Punish: Exile, Prison and Hard Labour in Russian Literature
  • Nabokov and Russian Émigré Literature
  • The 19th-Century Russian Novel
  • Politics of Yugoslav Theatre and Cinema 1950–2000
  • Russian Thought
  • The Self and the World: Theoretical Approaches to Travel Writing
  • The Soviet Cultural Experiment
  • Visions of Power: Art and Rulership in Pre-Modern Russia
  • Directed Reading Modules
  • Comparative Literature Modules

Dissertation/report

All MA students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations, film viewings and private study. Students are assessed by a variety of methods, including unseen examinations, long essays, course work and the research dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


Funding

AHRC Scholarships may be available.

Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

Normally an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with a good lower second-class Bachelor's degree (pass of 55% or better) or equivalent may also be considered on their individual merits.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have degrees in the study of the region; others have no acquaintance with Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. We welcome students with one or more of the area's languages, and encourage those without a language to take one up.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Russian and East European Literature and Culture at graduate level
  • why you want to study Russian and East European Literature and Culture at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging and truly international academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Career

With their specialist knowledge and language skills, SSEES Masters graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academe.

The European UnionSome graduates advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Russian Visa Application Centre, Information Officer, 2010
  • Self-employed, Writer and Editor, 2010
  • Standard Bank, Market Credit Trader, 2011
  • Christie's Auction House, Client Services Representative, 2011

Employability

Students who have successfully completed the programme have progressed to further academic research on the region, or have obtained employment in such organisations as the European Parliament and the Ministry of Defence, as well as roles in business, think-tanks, NGOs, or similar, both in Britain and abroad. Networking is facilitated by two major collaborations led by SSEES: CEELBAS and the International Master's (IMESS). Scholarships, internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region provide further benefits.


Next steps

Contact

Miss Lilla Bettiol

T: +44 (0)20 7679 8810

Department

SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

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