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Dr Sarah Young

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Miss Lisa Walters


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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:

Russian and History BA

UCAS code: RV71

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 1), and for students with Russian A level or equivalent (Mode 2).
  • 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.
  • 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.

Compulsory Russian language courses form parts of year one, two and four for all students. For the other half of the degree you can choose from the wealth of history courses taught in SSEES, UCL and throughout the University of London, and from the full range of Russian literature and culture courses.

Your third year is spent in Russia. The department can offer a choice of courses in Russia, not only in Moscow and St Petersburg but also in other cities. Immersing yourself in the language and culture of Russia will significantly improve your depth of understanding and fluency.

Your learning

Throughout your degree you will follow an integrated language programme with classes in written and spoken Russian. We aim to offer lively and varied teaching methods including lectures, seminars and small classes in which the focus is on active student participation, with use of multimedia and internet resources.


You will be assessed by written, oral and aural examinations, presentations, coursework essays and your year abroad project. Some elements of assessment throughout the programme count towards your final degree, while other elements are used to judge your progress and provide you with advice on improving technique.


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

Grades AAB-ABB
Subjects History required.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C.

IB Diploma

Points 34-36
Subjects A score of 16-17 points in three higher level subjects including History, with no score lower than 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.

For more information see our website:

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.


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 (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Financial Analyst, Morgan Stanley (2012)
  • Full-time student, MSc in Comparative Politics at LSE (2012)
  • Full-time student, MA in Russian Studies at UCL (2010)

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

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.


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 SSEES. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions, and take a tour of UCL led by current students.

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