Programme contacts

  • Admissions Tutor
  • Dr Uilleam Blacker

Fees and funding

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£16,130 (2016/17)

Details about financial support are available at:


Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Modern European Languages Scholarship
Based on academic merit

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Bulgaria has a rich cultural heritage and a strongly developing economy where specialists in Bulgarian are needed. This programme provides the opportunity to gain excellent language skills and a profound knowledge of Bulgaria's literature, history and culture, combined with an in-depth understanding of the region of central and Eastern Europe.

Degree benefits

  • Gain a thorough grounding in the Bulgarian language and culture, supplemented by a choice of optional culture, history and social science courses. Spend your third year abroad.
  • UCL 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.
  • Students benefit from frequent visits and lectures by the most prominent, political, artistic and academic figures - prime ministers, foreign ministers, professors and writers.
  • Enjoy the huge benefits of studying in London, a global city with sizeable east European communities, and a host of cultural events with an east European dimension.

All students must complete 4 course units (cu) each year

Year One

Compulsory Courses
1 cu in Language:
SEEB1001 -Bulgarian Language Level (1.0cu)
SEEB2001 -Bulgarian Language Level 2a: Comprehension (0.5 cu)
SEEB2002 - Language Level 2b: Production (0.5 cu)
Plus 1cu from:
SEEE1006 - Literature and Memory (0.5 cu)
SEEE1013 - War, Trauma and Memory in East European Cinema (0.5 cu)
Options 1 (2.0cu)
SEEE2008 - Vampires, Society and Culture: Transylvania and Beyond (ELCS)
SEEE2011 - Languages in Contact along the Danube: Intercultural Frictions and Flows (ELCS)
SEEE2006 - How Words Work: Sounds and Sense (0.5 cu)
SEEE2007 - How Words Work: Meaning and Modularity (0.5 cu)
SEEE2009 - Narratives of Exile (0.5 cu)
SEEE2010 - Tales of the unexpected: the supernatural and fantastic in literature, 1800-1930 (0.5 cu)
SEEE2012 - Stories of Change, Formal Experiments and New Waves* (ELCS)
SEHI0005 - History of Eastern Europe Since 1856 (1.0cu)
SESS1205 - Understanding Politics: The Big Questions in Contemporary Europe (0.5 cu)
SESS1206 - Understanding Politics: How Politics Works (0.5 cu)
SESS1202 - Understanding Society: Introduction to Social Theory (0.5 cu)
SESS1203 - Understanding Society: Introduction to Political Sociology (0.5 cu)
SESS1204 - Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (0.5 cu)
Any course beginning ELCS6 (0.5 cu)

Year Two

Compulsory Courses
SEEB2001 - Language Level 2a - Comprehension (0.5 cu)
SEEB2002 - Language Level 2b - Production (0.5 cu)
SEEB4001 - Language Level 3a - Comprehension (0.5 cu)
SEEB4002 - Language Level 3b - Production (0.5 cu)
Language-Specific Literature Course (0.5 cu)
SEEE2XXX - Literature and Violence (to be validated)
SEEE2015 - Staging Europe
Options (2.0 cu)
1.0 cu optional culture of Eastern Europe or optional course that focuses on the specific country or region of the language
1.0 cu from available optional courses in SSEES or other UCL departments

Year Three (Abroad)

Students will be required to study at an overseas institution, complete assessments for UCL during the academic year and submit a study abroad project.
SEYA3001 -  SSEES Full Year Shell Units (3.0 cu)
SEYA3002 - Year Abroad Project (1.0 cu)

Year Four

Compulsory Courses
SEEB4001 - Language Level 3a: Comprehension (0.5 cu)
SEEB4002 - Language Level 3b: Production (0.5 cu)
SEZZ4901 Free Standing Dissertation (1.0 cu)
SEEB2009 - Bulgarian Literature 2 (1.0 cu)
Options: 1.0 cu from available optional courses in SSEES or other UCL departments

Entry requirements

A Levels
No specific subjects.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
English Language and a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C.
IB Diploma
A score of 16-17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), or Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (NQF) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with between 28 credits awarded with Merit and a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 - D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

AAB-ABB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher - AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AA-AB.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate 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: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.


The programme is designed to equip you with language fluency, cultural competence, historical knowledge and social understanding. Your ability to consider issues from an international perspective will be greatly enhanced and you will learn how to conduct research and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

With developed skills in critical reasoning, independent thinking and application of theoretical concepts you will be strongly placed to find employment in international organisations, particularly careers which cross international boundaries and use languages. Career prospects are likely to include finance, media, diplomacy, education, translation, research, and consultancy.


First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) from related SSEES BA programmes at UCL include:

  • Full-time student, MSc in Comparative Politics at LSE (2012)
  • Fashion Assistant, Wonderland Magazine (2011)
  • Full-time student, PGCE at the University of Cambridge (2013)
  • Accountant, Takeda SCE (2013)

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Application and next steps

Your application

We will be particularly interested in your motivation for choosing this programme. In addition to academic requirements, you should demonstrate an aptitude for and interest in language study, and relate how your interest in Eastern Europe was initiated. Literature, history and culture are key elements of the degree, and your interest in and experience of these fields of study are important.

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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016


If you are successful in obtaining an offer, you will normally be invited to an applicant open day, comprising introductory talks about UCL SSEES and your degree, and a tour of UCL. You will also meet with a member of the teaching staff for your chosen degree programme.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students

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