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Fees and Funding

UK & EU Fee

£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£14,750 (2013/14)

General Funding Notes

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Russian Studies BA

UCAS Code: R700

The Russian Studies BA at SSEES is the most comprehensive single-subject Russian degree programme in the country. The programme cultivates a high proficiency in the Russian language and develops your skills in analysis, presentation, problem-solving and intercultural understanding.

Degree Summary

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 part of years one, two and four for all students. There are three tracks which allow for specialisation depending on your own interests:

  • Literature and Culture
  • Politics and Culture
  • History and Culture
You can discuss your choice of track at interview.

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.

Assessment

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.

Structure

Year One

Compulsory Courses
ALL TRACKS
SERS1001 - Comprehension of Russian (0.5 cu)
SERS1002 - Use of Russian (0.5 cu)
OR
SERS1003 - Comprehension of Russian (0.5 cu)
SERS1004 - Use of Russian (0.5 cu)
TRACK A (Literature and Culture) (2.0 cu)
SERS1010 - Russian Short Fiction from Romanticism to Postmodernism (0.5 cu)
SERS1011 - The Making of Modern Russian Culture (0.5 cu)
SERS1012 - Representations of Russia (0.5 cu)
SERS1013 - Russian Cinema: History, Ideology and Society (0.5 cu)
Track B (Politics and Culture) (1.5 cu)
SESS1205 - Understanding Politics: The Big Questions in Contemporary Europe
SESS1206 - Understanding Politics: How Politics Works
SERS1011 - The Making of Modern Russian Culture
Track C (History and Culture) (2.0 cu)
SEHI1002 - Modern Historiography
SEHI0005 - History of Eastern Europe since 1856
SERS1011 - The Making of Modern Russian Culture
Optional Modules
Track A options (1.0 cu)
SEEE1003 - Introduction to East European Literature in Translation (0.5 cu)
SEEE1002B - Introduction to East European Literature in Translation (0.5 cu)
An intermediate course beginning ELCS
An optional course from SSEES’s other programme areas, or from an approved course elsewhere in UCL.
Track B options (1.5cu)
SERS1010 - Russian Short Fiction from Romanticism to Postmodernism
SERS1012 - Representations of Russia
SERS1013 - Russian Cinema: History, Ideology and Society
An intermediate course beginning ELCS
An optional course from SSEES’s other programme areas
Track C Options (1.0 cu)
SERS1010 - Russian Short Fiction from Romanticism to Postmodernism
SERS1012 - Representations of Russia
SERS1013 - Russian Cinema: History, Ideology and Society
SESS1204 - Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
An intermediate course beginning ELCS
An optional course from SSEES’s other programme areas

Year Two

Compulsory Courses
ALL TRACKS
SERS2001 - Comprehension of Russian (Year 2A)
SERS2002 - Use of Russian (Year 2A)
OR
SERS2004 - Comprehension of Russian (Year 2)
SERS2005 - Use of Russian (Year 2)
TRACK A (Literature and Culture) (1.0 cu)
Either: SERS2023 - Identities in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
Or: SERS2024 - The Petersburg ‘Text’ in Russian Literature and Culture: from Romanticism to Modernism
SERS2011 - Russian Poetry from Pushkin to Brodsky
Track B (Politics and Culture) (2.0 cu)
Either: SERS2023 - Identities in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
Or: SERS2024 - The Petersburg ‘Text’ in Russian Literature and Culture: from Romanticism to Modernism
A further course beginning SERS2*
SESS2103 - Russian Politics and Society
Track C (History and Culture) (2.0 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 further course beginning SERS2* (0.5 cu)
1.0 cu from SSEES History Group 1, Group 2 or half course-units (1.0 cu)
Optional Courses
TRACK A Options (2.0 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)
SERS2023 - Identities in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature (0.5 cu)
SERS2024 - The Petersburg ‘Text’ in Russian Literature and Culture: from Romanticism to Modernism (0.5 cu)
An intermediate course beginning ELCS
An optional coursefrom SSEES’s other programme areas, or from an approved course elsewhere in UCL
TRACK B Options (1.0 cu)
SERS2011 - Russian Poetry from Pushkin to Brodsky (0.5 cu)
SERS2012 - Russian Cinema: Men & Women (0.5 cu)
SERS2014 - Chekhov: The Quest for Freedom (0.5 cu)
SERS2023 - Identities in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature (0.5 cu)
SERS2024 - The Petersburg ‘Text’ in Russian Literature and Culture: from Romanticism to Modernism (0.5 cu)
SERS2020 - The Person Love & Utopia in Russian Thought (0.5 cu)
SESS1204 - Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (0.5 cu)
SESS1102 - Introduction to International Relations (1.0 cu)
SESS2101 - The History of European Political Ideas (1.0 cu)
An intermediate course beginning ELCS
An optional course from SSEES’s other programme areas, or from an approved course elsewhere in UCL
TRACK C Options (1.0 cu)
SERS2011 - Russian Poetry from Pushkin to Brodsky (0.5 cu)
SERS2012 - Russian Cinema: Men & Women (0.5 cu)
SERS2014 - Chekhov: The Quest for Freedom (0.5 cu)
SERS2024 - The Petersburg ‘Text’ in Russian Literature and Culture: from Romanticism to Modernism (0.5 cu)
SERS2023 - Identities in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature (0.5 cu)
SERS2024 - The Petersburg ‘Text’ in Russian Literature and Culture: from Romanticism to Modernism (0.5 cu)
SESS1204 - Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (0.5 cu)
An intermediate course beginning ELCS
An optional course from SSEES’s other programme areas, or from an approved course elsewhere in UCL

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. Further details are contained in the Year Abroad Handbook.

Year Four

Compulsory Courses
 SERS4001 - Comprehension of Russian (0.5 cu)
SERS4002 - Use of Russian (0.5 cu)
Optional Courses
TRACK 3A Options (3.0 cu)
SERS2020 - The Person Love & Utopia in Russian Thought 90.5 cu)
SERS4003 - Essay in Russian (Year 4) (0.5 cu)
SERS4010 - Russian Literature in Revolution: Experiments with Form, 1917-1953
SERS4012 - Dostoevskii: Narrative, Ethics and Identity
SERS4014 - Pushkin
SERS4016 Russian Cinema: Innovation and Experiment
SERS4026 - Russian Poetry in the Silver Age
SERS4027 Russian Literature from the Death of Stalin to the Present: Dissent and Discovery
SERS2014 - Chekhov: The Quest for Freedom
An intermediate course beginning ELCS
SEZZ4901 - Freestanding Dissertation
An optional course from SSEES’s other programme areas, or from an approved course elsewhere in UCL
TRACK 3B options (3.0 cu)
Track 3A options
SESS3102 - Soviet and Russian Foreign Policy (1.0 cu)
SESS3202 - The Politics of Change in the Baltic States (1.0 cu)
SESS2104 - The Making of Modern Ukraine (1.0 cu)
SESS2105 - Democracy and Democratisation (1.0 cu)
Other courses frrom SSEES Politics or Economics programmes
TRACK 3C Options (3.0 cu)
Track 3A options
Final-year courses from SSEES History programme area

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB-ABB
Subjects No specific subjects.
AS Levels 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, 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:

Selected entry requirements will appear here

International Qualifications

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.

Selected country's equivalent grades will appear here

University Preparatory Certificates

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

The University 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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Your Career

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. Jobs that our gradu

Destinations

First destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of this programme include:

  • Librarian, British Library (2010)
  • English Teacher, English Learning Training (2009)
  • Full-time Campaigns Volunteer, British Youth Council (2009)
  • Part-time student, Level 2 Qualification in Youth Work at the George Williams College (2009)

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

Application

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.

Selection

On the basis of our assessment of your application we will decide whether to make you an offer and you will then be invited for an applicant open day (if you live in the UK).

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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