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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
- Degree summary
- Degree structure
- Fees and funding
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|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.|
|Subjects||A score of 16-17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.|
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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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University Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The University 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.
- 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.
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.
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).
Further details on 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 (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:
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.
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
General funding notes
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
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