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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
SEESGRXX Ire, Irony, Ideology: Satire and Humour in Russian Culture (30 credits) - not running 2015/16
SEESGR04 The Nineteenth-Century Russian Novel (30 credits)
Literature and Culture with a Cross-Regional Focus
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 (30 credits)
SEESGE20 The Jews in Polish Culture: Beyond Stereotypes (30 credits) - not running 2015/16
SEESGEXX Central European Modernism (30 credits) - not running 2015/16
SEESGE15 Freedom, Death and Love: Polish Fiction 1918-2005 (30 credits) - not running 2015/16
SEESGEXX Folly, Disaffection and Dystopia in Twentieth-Century Hungarian Literature (30 credits) - not running 2015/16
SEESGH05 The Self and the World: Theoretical Approaches to Travel Writing (15 credits)
Non-area-based SSEES Courses in Theory and Methodology
SEESGE07 Introduction to Hermeneutics: How to Read and Interpret Texts (30 credits)
SEESGE94 Linguistic Methods (30 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 Nations, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits)
SEESGH72 Russian Monarchy: Court Ritual and Political Ideas, 1498-1917 (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)




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.

Select your country:

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

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