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Russian Studies BA

UCAS code: R700

The Russian Studies BA at 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.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB-ABB
Subjects No specific subjects.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C.

IB Diploma

Points 34-36
Subjects A score of 16-17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Other qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International applicants

International qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • The programme is designed both for students with little or no previous knowledge of Russian (Mode 1), and for students with Russian A level or equivalent (Mode 2).
  • 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.
  • 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.

Compulsory Russian language courses 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.

    Your learning

    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.

    Assessment

    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.

Degree structure

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).

Year One

Compulsory courses

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.

Optional courses

You will select courses from a wide range of options, in accordance with the study track you have chosen.

Mode One students will select courses to the value of 3.0 credits.
Mode Two students will select courses to the value of 3.0 credits.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

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.

Optional courses

You will select courses from a wide range of options, in accordance with the study track you have chosen.

Mode One students will select courses the value of 3.0 credits.
Mode Two students will select courses to the value of 3.0 credits.

Year Three

Year abroad in Russia

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Comprehension of Russian (Year 4)
Use of Russian (Year 4)

Optional courses

You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of options, in accordance with the study track you have chosen.

Further details on department website: Russian Studies BA

Opportunities

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.

Destinations

First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • English Language Teacher, Leeds Metropolitan University (2012)
  • Managing Director, Mind the Gap (2012)
  • Financial Analyst, Grant Thornton (2011)
  • Librarian, British Library (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Your application

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.

Selection

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 SSEES. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions, and take a tour of UCL led by current students.

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£15,200 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

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