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.

If your interests lean strongly towards history and you have A level History (or equivalent), our Russian and History BA provides a coherent combination of courses drawing on the abundance of expertise and material we offer in these fields. Russian can be started from scratch.

Degree benefits

  • The programme is designed both for students with little or no previous knowledge of Russian (Mode One), and for students with Russian A level or equivalent (Mode Two).
  • Russian at UCL offers unrivalled opportunities, with academic expertise in language, literature, film, history, economics, politics and an exceptional range of cultural options.
  • Spend your third year of study in Russia. In addition, for those who start Russian from scratch, the first year is completed with a month in Russia.
  • 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.


Year One

Compulsory Courses
SERS1001 - Comprehension of Russian (0.5 cu)
SERS1002 - Use of Russian (0.5 cu)
SERS1003 - Comprehension of Russian (0.5 cu)
SERS1004 - Use of Russian(0.5 cu)
SERS1011 - The Making of Modern Russian Culture (0.5 cu)
SEHI1001 - Seminars in History (0.5 cu)
SEHI1002 - Modern Historiography (0.5 cu)
SEHI0005 - History of Eastern Europe since 1856 (1.0 cu)
0.5 cu from optional modules
Optional Courses
SERS1010 Russian Short Fiction from Romanticism to Postmodernism (0.5 cu)
SERS1012 Representations of Russia (0.5 cu)
SERS1013 Russian Cinema: History, Ideology and Society (0.5 cu)

Year Two

Compulsory Courses
SERS2001 - Comprehension of Russian (0.5 cu)
SERS2002 - Use of Russian (0.5 cu)
SERS2004 - Comprehension of Russian(0.5 cu)
SERS2002 - Use of Russian (0.5 cu)
Either: SERS2023 - Identities in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature (0.5 cu)
Or: SERS2024 - The Petersburg ‘Text’ in Russian Literature and Culture: from Romanticism to Modernism (0.5 cu)
A course beginning SERS2*
Group 1, Group 2 or half-course units from the SSEES History programme area (2.0 cu)
Optional Courses
SERS2023 or SERS2024 if not already taken in compulsories (0.5 cu)
SERS2012 - Russian Cinema: Men & Women (0.5 cu)
SERS2014 - Chekhov: The Quest for Freedom (0.5 cu)
SERS2020 - The Person Love & Utopia in Russian Thought (0.5 cu)

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
SERS4002 - Use of Russian (0.5 cu)
Optional Russian Culture Courses (1.5 cu)
SERS2020 - The Person Love & Utopia in Russian Thought (0.5 cu)
SERS4001 - Comprehension of Russian (0.5 cu)
SERS4003 - Essay in Russian (0.5 cu)
SERS4010 - Russian Literature in Revolution: Experiments with Form, 1917-1953 (0.5 cu)
SERS4012 - Dostoevskii: Narrative, Ethics and Identity
SERS4014 - Pushkin (0.5 cu)
SERS4016 - Russian Cinema: Innovation and Experiment (0.5 cu)
SERS4026 - Russian Poetry in the Silver Age (0.5 cu)
SERS4027 - Russian Literature from the Death of Stalin to the Present: Dissent and Discovery (0.5 cu)

2.0 cu History courses (Group 2 or Group 3)

Entry requirements

A Levels
History required.
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 including History, 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, including History

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

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

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.


Graduates will be able to offer Russian language skills and an understanding of political, economic and cultural factors in Russian society. These are highly sought after by governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and consultancies, as well as by commercial, finance and media organisations, especially those which cross international boundaries.

The prospects for using Russian in a career have never been so good. Leading figures from government and business regularly stress the need for well-qualified Russianists, and our students are excellently fitted to take advantage of this situation. A degree with Russian can lead to a career in a whole range of fields, such as journalism, the civil service, business and finance.


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

  • Financial Analyst, Morgan Stanley (2012)
  • Full-time student, MSc in Comparative Politics at LSE (2012)
  • Political Risk Analyst Intern, Bradburys Global Risk Partners (2013)
  • Product Developer, VouchedFor (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

In addition to meeting the academic criteria, you are likely to enjoy and be successful in studying Russian if you have an interest in and aptitude for studying languages, a sustained interest in literary, historical and cultural studies, and are keen to take advantage of the social and linguistic opportunities on offer when living in Russia as part of your degree.

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 live in the UK, you will be invited to an applicant open day.

The applicant open day will include talks from staff about the programme, language options and student life at UCL SSEES. 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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