If your interests lean strongly towards history and you have A level History (or equivalent), our Russian and History BA provides a coherent combination of courses drawing on the abundance of expertise and material we offer in these fields. Russian can be started from scratch.
- Degree Programme
- Russian and History BA
- UCAS code
- 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- Subject area
- Russian and East European Languages and Culture
- Total intake (by subject area)
- 65 (2016 entry)
- Applications per place (by subject area)
- 3 (2014 entry)
- Research Excellence Framework
64% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)What is the Research Excellence Framework?
- History required.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
- English Language and a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C.
- A score of 16-17 points in three higher level subjects including History, with no score lower than 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 between 28 credits awarded with Merit and a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
D3,D3,M1-D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including History
AAB-ABB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher - AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). History required at Advanced Higher
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AA-AB, 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: Advanced
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- The programme is designed both for students with little or no previous knowledge of Russian (Mode One), and for students with Russian A level or equivalent (Mode Two).
- Russian at UCL offers unrivalled opportunities, with academic expertise in language, literature, film, history, economics, politics and an exceptional range of cultural options.
- Spend your third year of study in Russia. In addition, for those who start Russian from scratch, the first year is completed with a month in Russia.
- 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.
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).
Compulsory Russian language courses form parts of year one, two and four for all students. For the other half of the degree you can choose from the wealth of history courses taught in UCL SSEES, elsewhere at UCL and throughout the University of London, and from the full range of Russian literature and culture courses.
Your third year is spent in Russia. The department can offer a choice of courses in Russia, not only in Moscow and St Petersburg but also in other cities. Immersing yourself in the language and culture of Russia will significantly improve your depth of understanding and fluency.
History of Eastern Europe Since 1856
Seminars in History
The Making of Modern Russian Culture
Mode One students will take Comprehension of Russian (Year 1A) and Use of Russian (Year 1A) to the value of 1.0 credit.
Mode Two students will take Comprehension of Russian (Year 1) and Use of Russian (Year 1) to the value of 1.0 credit.
Optional choices may include:
Representations of Russia
Russian Cinema: History, Politics, Society
Russian Short Prose
Mode One students will take Comprehension of Russian (Year 2A) and Use of Russian (Year 2A) to the value of 1.0 credits.
Mode Two students will take Comprehension of Russian (Year 2) and Use of Russian (Year 2) to the value of 1.0 credits.
You will select 3.0 credits from all Russian and History year two optional courses (subject to availability)
Year abroad in Russia
Use of Russian (Year 4)
You will select 1.5 credits in Russian and 2.0 credits from History from a wide range of options.
Throughout your degree you will follow an integrated language programme with classes in written and spoken Russian. We aim to offer lively and varied teaching methods including lectures, seminars and small classes in which the focus is on active student participation, with use of multimedia and internet resources.
You will be assessed by written, oral and aural examinations, presentations, coursework essays and your year abroad project. Some elements of assessment throughout the programme count towards your final degree, while other elements are used to judge your progress and provide you with advice on improving technique.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Russian and History BA.
Graduates will be able to offer Russian language skills and an understanding of political, economic and cultural factors in Russian society. These are highly sought after by governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and consultancies, as well as by commercial, finance and media organisations, especially those which cross international boundaries.
The prospects for using Russian in a career have never been so good. Leading figures from government and business regularly stress the need for well-qualified Russianists, and our students are excellently fitted to take advantage of this situation. A degree with Russian can lead to a career in a whole range of fields, such as journalism, the civil service, business and finance.
First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme include:
- Financial Analyst, Morgan Stanley (2012)
- Full-time student, MSc in Comparative Politics at LSE (2012)
- Political Risk Analyst Intern, Bradburys Global Risk Partners (2013)
- Product Developer, VouchedFor (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.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.
Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2015/16)
- Overseas fee
- £15,660 (2015/16)
Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding
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.