The History BA at UCL SSEES is the fullest undergraduate programme covering the history of central and Eastern Europe and Russia available anywhere in the world. Ranging from the early modern period to contemporary history, it covers topics such as national identity, gender, social and cultural history, government, society, art and architecture.
- Degree Programme
- History (Russian and East European History) BA
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- History required.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
- English Language and History at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including History, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), or Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (NQF) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18-23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
D3,D3,D3 - D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including History
AAA-AAB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher), including History at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A-AA, including History.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- The programme is taught by acknowledged specialists in the field, all of whom are actively engaged in research, enabling you to keep up-to-date with the latest debates, issues and discoveries.
- UCL SSEES is the largest national centre in the UK for the study of central, Eastern and south-east Europe and Russia. The SSEES Library contains over 400,000 books, journals and film resources.
- Benefit from frequent visits and lectures by the most prominent political, artistic and academic figures - prime ministers, foreign ministers, professors and writers.
- Enjoy the huge benefits of studying in London, a global city with sizeable east European communities, and a host of cultural events with an east European dimension.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The first year of the degree principally consists of foundation courses, introducing you to the study of history at university level.
In the second and third years, you will take more specific courses which look at periods of history both thematically and in depth, and can also take history courses covering other regions, taught elsewhere in UCL and the University of London.
In each year, compulsory history courses are complemented by non-history options, including cultural studies, social sciences, languages and other humanities subjects.
In all years, you may undertake broad survey courses on the history of the region.
Eastern Europe Since 1856
Seminars in History
A level 1 language course (1.0 credit)
An approved course(s) in another discipline (1.0 credit).
Group Two History paper at UCL SSEES or another institution (subject to approval and availability). Options may include:
Crown, Church and Estates in Central Europe 1500-1700
Media, Culture and Society in the Soviet Union from Stalin to 1991
Successors to the Habsburgs: East-Central Europe 1914-1945
The Fall and Rise of the Polish Nation 1648-1921
The Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia
You will select 3.0 credits of optional courses from the following:
- 1.0 credit or 2.0 credits from History Paper Group One options
- 1.0 credit or 2.0 credits of a language course (either level 1 or 2), or an approved course in another discipline
History Paper Group One options may include:
Between Politics and Culture: German Ideas 1890-1970
Between Fascism and Authoritarianism in Eastern Europe 1918-1945
Czechoslovakia in the Age of Extremes
History of Modern Germany 1815-1990
History of Russia 1598-1856
History of Russia to 1598
History of the Habsburg Monarchy 1700-1918
The Age of the Extremes in the Balkans
Group Three History paper at UCL SSEES or another institution (subject to approval and availability). Options may include:
East and West through Travel Writing: The Limits and Divisions of Europe
Ivan the Terrible: the Russian Monarchy in the Sixteenth Century
Mass Culture in the Age of Revolution: Russia 1900-1932
Monarchs and the Enlightenment in Russia and Eastern Europe
The Russian Revolution
Urban Culture and Modernity: Vienna-Prague-Budapest, 1857-1938
You will select one or two courses to the value of 2.0 credits from the following:
- Approved History paper at another institution (subject to availability)
- Group 1(a) or 1(b) History paper
- Group 2 History paper
- 10,000-word dissertation
And one course from either:
- A level 2 (or above) language course (if not already taken)
- An approved course in another discipline
You will be taught the essential skills required for the study and understanding of history. In addition to lectures, small-group classes and seminars form an important element of the programme, where you will discuss and analyse the subjects you are learning.
Coursework, including reports, essays and a final-year 10,000-word dissertation, provide you with an opportunity to develop and discuss your ideas. In addition to coursework, you will be assessed using a combination of examinations, extended essays, oral presentations and poster work.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: History (Russian and East European History) BA.
Together with subject-specific knowledge, you will acquire discipline-based skills in historical research, methodology and analysis, in addition to transferable skills such as working as part of a team, analysing and solving problems, organising your time and resources, and structuring and communicating your ideas verbally and in writing.
Our graduates are to be found in all walks of life, particularly those that cross international boundaries and utilise the languages of the region. Popular destinations are government service (both within the UK and Europe), international agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), consultancy, law, the media, teaching, welfare and rights work, and further study and research.
First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme include:
- Community Manager, tripbod.com (2013)
- Financial Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (2013)
- Associate, Deloitte (2012)
- Full-time student, MA in History at the University of Chicago (2013)
- Corporate PR Consultant, Red (2013
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
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Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2015/16)
- Overseas fee
- £15,660 (2015/16)
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.
- UK, EU
- Based on academic merit
The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.