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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£15,200 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at:

Politics and East European Studies BA

UCAS code: LR27

This degree programme combines training in politics, international relations and security issues with specialist courses studying the region which are of contemporary relevance in view of the enlargement of NATO and the EU and the changing international situation.

Degree benefits

  • This is an exciting time to study a region that is in a process of almost continuous change with many central European countries becoming members of the European Union.
  • Gain insight into the theoretical, conceptual and analytical tools of social science and their application in understanding the processes of political and social and transformation in Russia, the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe.
  • The programme is taught by acknowledged experts in the field, all of whom speak one or more of the languages of the region.
  • The department is regularly consulted by organisations such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Union.

You will take compulsory courses in politics, government and international relations - including courses on the political developments of Russian and Eastern Europe in years one and two, with a dissertation in your final year. Beyond this you can choose additional courses in economics, history, language, politics and sociology, as your interests dictate.

You are strongly encouraged to learn a language of the region as part of your degree. Not only will you be able to make use of our excellent language teaching resources, but you will also be able to access the foreign language newspaper and television resources of the SSEES Library.

Your learning

You will be taught by a combination of lectures and classes. You will be expected to prepare presentations on selected topics for classes, sometimes as an individual and sometimes as part of a group, and these are followed by class discussion. You will be set regular written work, including essays and exercises involving qualitative methods.


You will receive feedback from tutors on both your oral and written presentation skills to help develop your ability in these areas. Your assessment will be based on unseen written examinations, coursework and a dissertation. For the final-year dissertation you will have a supervisor to provide advice and guidance.


Year One

Compulsory Modules
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)
Optional Modules
SESS1102 - Introduction to International Relations (1.0 cu)
SEHI0005 - History of Eastern Europe Since 1856 (0.5 cu)
SESS1003 - Introduction to Microeconomics (0.5 cu)
SESS1004 - Introduction to Macroeconomics (0.5 cu)
SEEE2013 - War, Trauma and Memory in East European Cinema
SERS1012 - Representations of Russia (0.5 cu)
SERS1013 - Russian Cinema: History, Ideology, Politics (0.5 cu)
A half unit in one of the languages of the SSEES region (or German/French at the language centre).

Year Two

Compulsory Modules
SESS2106 - Comparative Political Analysis (0.5 cu)
SESS2107 - Researching Politics and Society (0.5 cu)
At least TWO courses from:
SESS2108 - Post-Soviet Politics and Society (0.5 cu)
SESS2103 - Russian Politics and Society (0.5 cu)
SESS2109 - South-East European Politics and Society (0.5 cu) (not running 2015/16)
SESS2102 - Politics and Society in Central and Eastern Europe  (0.5 cu)
Optional Modules
SESS2105 - Democracy and Democratisation (0.5 cu)
SESS2101 - History of European Political Ideas (1.0 cu)
BASC 2052 - Migration and Health (0.5 cu)
SESS2011 - Political Economy of European Integration
SEEP7001 - Contemporary Polish Cinema (1.0)
Other economics courses subject to having the required prerequisite.
A half unit in one of the languages of the SSEES region (or German/French at the language centre). (0.5cu)
Modules from the compulsory list not already taken (0.5cu)
Further options can be selected from a range of SSEES courses in history and culture. (0.5cu or 1.0cu)
In years 2 and 3 combined, a total of 1 cu can be selected from a SSEES-approved range of courses taught in other UCL departments such as Geography, Philosophy, or ESPS. (0.5cu or 1.0cu)

Year Three

Compulsory Courses
SEZZ4901 - Dissertation (1.0 cu)
Dissertation workshop
Optional Courses
SESS3203 - Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe
SESS3102 - Soviet and Russian Foreign Policy (1.0 cu)
SESS3103 - European Security (1.0 cu)
SESS3202 - The Politics of Change in the Baltic States (0.5 cu)
SESS2101 - History of European Political Ideas (1.0 cu)
SESSXXXX - Corruption and Governance (0.5 cu) (not running 2015/16)
Other economics courses subject to having the required prerequisite.
A half unit in one of the languages of the SSEES region. (0.5cu)
Further options can be selected from a range of SSEES courses in history and culture, up to a maximum of 1.0 cu (0.5 or 1.0 cu)
In years 2 and 3 combined, a total of 1 cu can be selected from a SSEES-approved range of courses taught in other UCL departments such as Geography, Philosophy, or ESPS (0.5 or 1.0 cu).

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAA-AAB
Subjects No specific subjects.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at:

IB Diploma

Points 36-38
Subjects A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5.

Other qualifications

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

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International applicants

International qualifications

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

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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.

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


After graduating from this programme you will have expert knowledge relating to a region where complex issues of political change, economic development and international relations are reshaping national and social expectations.

Career destinations of previous graduates include government service (in the UK and the EU), international agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), consultancy (economic, political risk, security, marketing), banking, financial services, law, media, teaching and the leisure sector, as well as further study.


First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Royal Marine Officer, Royal Navy (2012)
  • Full-time student, MPhil in Russian and East European Studies, Oxford University (2012)
  • Investment Banking Analyst, Citigroup (2011)
  • Project Manager, British Film Institute (2011)
  • Legal Secretary, European Parliament (2011)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Your application

We use your qualifications, predicted grades and personal statement to assess your suitability for this programme. Your personal statement should explain your motivation for applying for this programme, what it is that interests you about the study of Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, and provide evidence of an interest in economics and business, for example from background reading.

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.


On the basis of our assessment of your application we will decide whether to make you an offer and if you are successful, you will be invited to a post-offer open day (if you live in the UK).

The applicant open day will include introductory talks providing more information about SSEES, our language options, our facilities and your chosen degree. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions, and take a tour of UCL led by current students.

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