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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
Russian and East European Literature and Culture MA
This MA is one of the most wide-ranging programmes of its kind, offering a rich variety of courses on the region, ranging from the pre-modern period to the 21st-century, from Russia and Poland to the Czech Republic and Croatia, and from film and philosophy to literature and cultural studies.
What will I learn?
Students develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of aspects of Russian and/or East European literature and culture, including art, film, philosophy, and linguistics. They gain key research skills, enabling them to solve problems of conflicting sources or interpretations, locate primary and secondary materials, and use research aids and resources effectively.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is a world- leading specialist institutions, 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 Courses (90 credits)|
|SEESGX99 - Literary and Cultural Theory (30 credits)|
|SEESGX99 - Dissertation (60 credits)|
|SEESGS40 - Dissertation Preparation Programme (0 credits)|
|Optional Courses (total of 90 credits from options below)|
|Russian Literature and Culture|
|SEESGR24 - Gender and Sexuality in Modern Russian Culture (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 (15 credits)|
|SEESGO35 - Nabokov and Russian Émigré Literature (15 credits)|
|SEESGO40 - The 19th-Century Russian Novel (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 (30 credits)|
|SEESGH13 - The Soviet Cultural Experiment I, 1917-1945 (15 credits)|
|SEESGH14 - The Soviet Cultural Experiment II, 1945-1991 (15 credits)|
|SEESGR62 - Being Soviet: Typologies of Soviet Identity in Russian Cinema 1917-1956 (15 credits)|
|Literature and Culture with a Cross-Regional Focus|
|SEESGE09 - Bakhtin and Others: Alterity, Identity and Dialogue (15 credits)|
|SEESGR17 - Contemporary Cultural Studies: Between Post-Communism and Post-modernism (15 credits)|
|Optional Courses in Central and East European Literature and Culture|
|SEESGE18 - All Quiet on the Eastern Front: Culture, Politics and Everyday Life in Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits)|
|SEESGE20 - Beyond Stereotypes: The Jews in Polish Culture (15 credits)|
|SEESGE19 - Central European Modernism (15 credits)|
|SEESGE15 - Freedom, Death and Love: Polish Fiction 1918-2005 (15 credits)|
|SEESGE16 - Folly, Disaffection and Dystopia in Twentieth-Century Hungarian Literature (15 credits)|
|SEESGH05 - The Self and the World: Theoretical Approaches to Travel Writing (15 credits)|
|SEESGE08 - Walter Benjamin: Philosophy, Aesthetics, History, Politics (15 credits)|
|Non-area-based SSEES Courses in Theory and Methodology|
|SEESGE07 - How to Read/Interpret Texts: Introduction to Hermeneutics (15 credits)|
|SEESGE95 - Linguistic Methods (15 credits)|
|Language Courses (only one of these courses may be taken)|
|SEESGR10 - Russian as a New Language (30 credits)|
|SEESGR11 - Intermediate Russian (30 credits)|
|SEESGR12 - Advanced Russian (30 credits)|
|SEESGE60 - Bulgarian as a New Language (30 credits)|
|SEESGE61 - Czech as a New Language (30 credits)|
|SEESGE80 - Estonian as a New Language (30 credits)|
|SEESGE72 - Finnish as a New Language (30 credits)|
|SEESGE73 - Hungarian as a New Language (30 credits)|
|SEESGE74 - Polish as a New Language (30 credits)|
|SEESGE75 - Romanian as a New Language (30 credits)|
|SEESGE76 - Serbian/Croatian as a New Language (30 credits)|
|SEESGE77 - Slovak as a New Language (30 credits)|
|SEESGE79 - Ukrainian as a New Language (30 credits)|
|SEESGE61 - Intermediate Czech (30 credits)|
|SEESGE63 - Intermediate Hungarian (30 credits)|
|SEESGE85 - Intermediate Romanian (30 credits)|
|SEESGE64 - Intermediate Polish (30 credits)|
|SEESGE66 - Intermediate Serbian/Croatian (30 credits)|
|SEESGE69 - Intermediate Ukrainian (30 credits)|
|Subject to approval, optional courses up to the value of 30 credits may be taken from other SSEES MA Programmes or from other UCL MA Programmes. Relevant choices might include the below.|
|SEESGS34 - Nation, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits)|
|SEESGO25 - History, Myth and Nation in South-Eastern Europe (30 credits)|
|SEESGS36 - Cultural Anthropology of South-Eastern Europe (15 credits)|
|SEESGH01 - Fashion, Folly and the Fatherland in Polish Culture, 1764-1834 (15 credits)|
|SEESGH72 - Russian Monarchy: Court Ritual and Political Ideas, 1498-1917 (15 credits)|
|SEESGH73 - The Culture of Russian Revolutionary Terrorism 1866-1914 (15 credits)|
|Other UCL Departments:|
|CLITG003 - Comparative Literary Studies (30 credits)|
|EUROGG03 - Masculinity in Literature and Cinematic Adaptations (30 credits)|
|CLITG007 - To Be Absolutely Modern (30 credits)|
|CLITG006 - Apocalypse Literature: From Romanticism to the Millennium (30 credits)|
|CLITG002 - Translation Studies (30 credits)|
|MDVLG002 - Comparative Medieval Literature (30 credits)|
|FRENGF01 - Theories and Practices of Film (30 credits)|
|ITALGF01 - Moving Images, Technologies, Forms, Receptions (30 credits)|
|GERMG048 - Weimar and Nazi Film (30 credits)|
Normally an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with a good lower second-class Bachelor's degree (pass of 55% or better) or equivalent may also be considered on their individual merits.
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?
Our students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have degrees in the study of the region; others have no acquaintance with Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. We welcome students with one or more of the area's languages, and encourage those without a language to take one up.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Russian and East European Literature and Culture at graduate level
- why you want to study Russian and East European Literature and Culture 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
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 of our graduates advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Russian Visa Application Centre, Information Officer, 2010
- Quirk Emarketing Ltd., Account Executive, 2012
- Standard Bank, Market Credit Trader, 2011
- Christie's Auction House, Client Services Representative, 2011
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.
AHRC Scholarships may be available.
Scholarships available for this department
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: www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships