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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Russian and East European Literature and Culture MA

Funding

AHRC Scholarships may be available.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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. Some of our graduates advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Information Officer, Russian Visa Application Centre (2010)
  • Account Executive, Quirk Emarketing Ltd. (2012)
  • Market Credit Trader, Standard Bank (2011)
  • Client Services Representative, Christie's Auction House (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.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 70 staff › 200 taught students › 80 research students

Department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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