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Tuition fees (2015/16)

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,755
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,375
  • Overseas Full-time: £17,250
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,755

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Russian Studies MA

The Russian Studies MA draws on the unique area studies expertise at The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) to offer a choice of courses unparalleled in depth and breadth, ranging from Russia's medieval history to its contemporary politics, from 19th-century literature to 21st-century film.


What will I learn?

Russian culture is explored from a variety of perspectives. Students specialise in literature and culture, social sciences or history, or combine courses into an interdisciplinary programme. They are encouraged to develop their research skills, and many choose to learn Russian, or improve their command of Russian, through a language course.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is a world- leading specialist institution, and the largest national centre in the UK, for the study of Central, Eastern and South East Europe and Russia.

Located on the edge of Bloomsbury, SSEES offers an ideal location for scholars. The British Library, British Museum, University of London Library and other similar research centres are all close by.

The SSEES Library is unequalled in Britain for the depth and breadth of its collections, the majority of which are on open access in the SSEES building.



The programme consists of 180 credits in total.
Compulsory Modules (90 credits)
SEESGX99 - Dissertation (60 credits)
SEESGS40 - Dissertation Preparation Programme (0 credits)
This is a multi-disciplinary programme. Nevertheless, students are required to gain a thorough methodological and theoretical grounding in disciplinary study and hence must choose between one of the following three modules:
SEESGE95 - Literary and Cultural Theory (30 credits)
SEESGH07 - Historical Methods and Approaches (30 credits)
SEESGS42 - Theories of Social and Political Research (30 credits)
Optional Courses (total of 90 credits from options below)
SEESGE09 - Bakhtin and Others: Alterity, Identity and Dialogue (15 credits)
SEESGR62 - Being Soviet: Typologies of Soviet Identity in Russian Cinema 1917-1956 (15 credits)
SEESGS09 - Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance (30 credits)
SEESGR17 - Contemporary Cultural Studies: Between Post-Communism and Post-modernism (15 credits)
SEESGH73 - The Culture of Russian Revolutionary Terrorism 1866-1914 (15 credits)
SEESGR24 - Gender and Sexuality in Modern Russian Culture (15 credits)
SEESGS39 - Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies (15 credits)
SEESGR23 - Ire, Irony, Ideology: Satire and Humour in Russian Culture (15 credits)
SEESGR25 - Isolate and Punish: Exile, Prison and Hard Labour in Russian Literature (30 credits)
SEESGO35 - Nabokov and Émigré Literature (30 credits)
SEESGO40 - The 19th-century Russian Novel (30 credits)
SEESGS18 - Russian Foreign Policy (30 credits)
SEESGS19 - Russian Politics (30 credits)
SEESGR09 - Russian Thought (30 credits)
SEESGR19 - Soviet Cinema and Society from the Khrushchev 'Thaw' to the Collapse of the Soviet Union: The End of the Radiant Future (15 credits)
SEESGH13 - The Soviet Cultural Experiment I, 1917-1945 (15 credits)
SEESGH14 - The Soviet Cultural Experiment II, 1945-1991 (15 credits)
SEESGH72 - Russian Monarchy: Court Ritual and Political Ideas, 1498-1917 (15 credits)
Theory and Methodology
SEESGE09 - Bakhtin and Others: Alterity, Identity and Dialogue (15 credits)
SEESGE07 - How to Read/Interpret Texts: Introduction to Hermeneutics (15 credits)
If not already taken as a compulsory course:
SEESGH07 - Historical Methods and Approaches (30 credits)
SEESGS42 - Theories of Social and Political Research (30 credits)
SEESGE95 - Literary and Cultural Theory (30 credits)
SEESGE94 - Linguistic Methods (15 credits)
SEESGS62 - Introduction to Discourse Analysis (15 credits)
SEESGS63 - Understanding and Analysing Data (15 credits)
SEESGS45 - Advanced Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
Language Courses - only one of these may be taken
SEESGR10 - Russian as a New Language (30 credits)
SEESGR11 - Intermediate Russian (30 credits)
SEESGR12 - Advanced Russian (30 credits)
Subject to approval, optional courses up to the value of 30 credits may be taken from another SSEES MA programme or from another MA programme within UCL (Anthropology, History, European Studies, Comparative Literature, etc).



Entry requirements

Normally an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2015.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for students who have little or no prior experience of the study of Russia as well as those who have undertaken Russian studies at BA level, who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of Russia from a multidisciplinary perspective.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Russian Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Russian Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging and truly international academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.



AHRC Scholarships may be available.

Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)- NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY

This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website:



With their specialist knowledge and language skills, SSEES Masters graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academe.

Some graduates advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Oxford University, MSt in Slavonic Studies, 2012
  • Bryanston Square, Education Consultant, 2012
  • Market Research company, Translator, 2011
  • The Prince's Trust, Administrative Assistant, 2011
  • Civil Servant, Political Research Assistant, 2012


Russia is one of the most exciting and important countries in the world, and SSEES is the ideal place in which to study it. Students who have successfully completed the programme have progressed to further academic research on the region, or have obtained employment in such organisations as the European Parliament and the Ministry of Defence, as well as roles in business, think-tanks, NGOs, or similar, both in Britain and abroad. Networking is facilitated by two major collaborations led by SSEES: CEELBAS and the International Master's (IMESS). Scholarships, internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region provide further benefits.