Programme contacts

  • Admissions Tutor
  • Dr Uilleam Blacker

Fees and funding

Fees
UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£16,130 (2016/17)
Funding

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Scholarships

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
Value
£5,000
Eligibility
UK, EU
Criteria
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.

The Russian Studies BA at UCL 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 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.

Structure

Year One

Compulsory Courses
ALL TRACKS
SERS1001 - Comprehension of Russian (0.5 cu)
SERS1002 - Use of Russian (0.5 cu)
OR (when Russian is post A level)
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)
SEEE1006 - Literature and Memory (0.5 cu)
SEEE2013: War, Trauma and Memory in East European Cinema (0.5 cu)
An intermediate course beginning ELCS
An optional course to the value of 0.5 cu 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 to the value of 0.5cu 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
An intermediate course beginning ELCS
An optional course to the value of 0.5cu 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 (0.5 cu)
Or: SERS2024 - The Petersburg ‘Text’ in Russian Literature and Culture: from Romanticism to Modernism (0.5 cu)
SERS2011 - Russian Poetry from Pushkin to Brodsky (0.5 cu)
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 course from SSEES’s other programme areas, or from an approved course elsewhere in UCL to the value of 0.5 cu
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.

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 (0.5 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
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, 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

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

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

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.

Careers

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.

Destinations

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

  • English Language Teacher, Leeds Metropolitan University (2012)
  • Managing Director, Mind the Gap (2012)
  • Financial Analyst, Morgan Stanley (2012)
  • Political Risk Analyst Intern, Bradburys Global Risk Partners (2013)
  • Full-time student, MA in Comparative Politics at LSE (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



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 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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