The Russian Studies BA at UCL SSEES is the most comprehensive single-subject Russian degree programme in the country. The programme cultivates a high proficiency in the Russian language and develops your skills in analysis, presentation, problem-solving and intercultural understanding.
- UCAS code
- 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- Applications per place
- 3 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 56 (2017 entry)*
- No specific subjects.
- 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, 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
AAB-ABB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher - AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher)
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB-ABB.
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
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a twelve-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
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.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies.
- 64% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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 modules form part of years one, two and four for all students. There are three tracks which allow for specialisation depending on your own interests:
- Literature and Culture
- Politics and Culture
- History and Culture
You do not have to indicate your choice of track on application. 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.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Mode One students will take Comprehension of Russian (Year 1A) and Use of Russian (Year 1A) to the value of 1.0 credits.
Mode Two students will take Comprehension of Russian (Year 1) and Use of Russian (Year 1) to the value of 1.0 credits.
Students on the Literature and Culture track must take Russian Short Fiction.
Students on the History and Culture or Politics and Culture track must take The Making of Modern Russian Culture.
You will select modules from a wide range of options, in accordance with the study track you have chosen.
Mode One and Two students students will select modules to the value of 2.5 credits.
Mode One students will take Comprehension of Russian (Year 2A), Use of Russian (Year 2A) to the value of 1.0 credit.
Mode Two students will take Comprehension of Russian (Year 2) and Use of Russian (Year 2) to the value of 1.0 credits.
Plus one of either Identities in 19th Century Russian Literature or The Petersburg Text in 19th Century Russian Literature.
Please note: Students on the Literature and Culture track must also take Russian Poetry: From Pushkin to Brodsky.
You will select modules from a wide range of options, in accordance with the study track you have chosen.
Mode One and Two students will select modules the value of 2.5 credits, except for students on the Literature and Culture track, who will select optional modules to the value of 2.0 credits.
Year abroad in Russia
Comprehension of Russian (Year 4)
Use of Russian (Year 4)
You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of options, in accordance with the study track you have chosen.
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 Studies 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 (2012-2014) of this programme include:
- English Language Teacher, Leeds Metropolitan University
- Financial Analyst, Morgan Stanley
- Political Risk Analyst Intern, Bradburys Global Risk Partners
- Army Officer Trainee, British Army
- Freelance Russian Translator
*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 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.
- UK/EU students
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas students
- £16,130 (2016/17)
Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
In addition to meeting the academic criteria, you are likely to enjoy and be successful in studying Russian if you have an interest in and aptitude for studying languages, a sustained interest in literary, historical and cultural studies, and are keen to take advantage of the social and linguistic opportunities on offer when living in Russia as part of your degree.
How to apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
Application deadline: 15 January 2017
On the basis of our assessment of your application we will decide whether to make you an offer and you will then be invited for an applicant open day (if you live in the UK).
The applicant open day will include talks from staff about the programme, language options and student life at UCL SSEES. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions, and take a tour of UCL led by current students.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students