Programme contacts

  • Admissions Tutor
  • Dr Richard Mole

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.

This degree programme combines training in politics, international relations and security issues with specialist courses studying Russia and Eastern Europe, which are of contemporary relevance in the context of an enlarged EU and the changing international situation. You will spend the third year abroad at a university in the region.

Degree benefits

  • This is an exciting time to study a region that is in a process of almost continuous change. Many central European countries are now members of the enlarged European Union while Russia is re-emerging as an assertive power with major international consequences.
  • Gain knowledge of theoretical frameworks in social and political science and how to apply them to understand the processes of political and social change 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.


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)
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 (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.

Year Four

Compulsory Courses
SEZZ4901 - Dissertation (1.0 cu)
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)
SESS3107 - Poland in the UK (0.5 cu)
Other economics courses subject to having the required prerequisite.
A half unit in one of the languages of the SSEES region or French or German at the UCL Language Centre. (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
No specific subjects.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
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
A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 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 a minimum of 18-23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

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

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

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

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: Good

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, international agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), consultancy (economic, political risk, security, marketing), banking, financial services, law, media, teaching and the leisure industry, as well as further study.


First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme include:

  • Full-time student, MA in Journalism at Goldsmiths (2012)
  • Corporate Intelligence Analyst, PricewaterhouseCoopers (2011)
  • Civil Servant, Westminster Council (2011)
  • Multi-disciplinary Co-ordinator, NHS (2013)
  • Consultant, MHB Health (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 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 politics, 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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016


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 UCL 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.

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

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