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Tuition Fees (2015/16)
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

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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 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.

Student / staff ratios › 70 staff › 200 taught students › 80 research students



The programme consists of 180 credits in total.
Compulsory Courses (90 credits)
SEESGE95 - 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)
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)
SEESGE94 - 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.
Within SSEES:
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)
CLITG007 - To Be Absolutely Modern (30 credits)
CLITG006 - Apocalypse Literature: From Romanticism to the Millennium (30 credits)
TRTPG001 - Translation Studies (30 credits)
MDVLG003/MDVLG011 - Comparative Medieval Literature (30 credits)
FRENGF01 - Theories and Practices of Film (30 credits)
FILMGG01 - Moving Images, Technologies, Forms, Receptions (30 credits)
GERMG048 - Weimar and Nazi Film (30 credits) not running in 2015/16
EUROGG03 - Masculinity in Literature and Cinematic Adaptations (30 credits) not running in 2015/16




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. 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.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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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.

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.

Application deadlines
All applicants
31 July 2015
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
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.



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
  • Information Officer, Russian Visa Application Centre (2010)
  • Account Executive, Quirk Emarketing Ltd (2012)
  • Market Credit Trader, Standard Bank (2011)
  • Client Services Representative, Christie's Auction House (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 relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)- NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website