- Miss Lisa Walters
- Senior Admissions Officer
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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 modules drawing on the abundance of expertise and material we offer in these fields. Russian can be started from scratch, or taken at higher levels for those who have studied the language previously.
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.
D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including History
ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). History required at Advanced Higher
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB. History required.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
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.
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 will give you the opportunity to learn from academics who are experts in language, literature, film, history, economics, and politics. There is a range of cultural options to choose from.
You will spend your third year studying in Russia. If you are starting this degree programme with no prior knowledge of Russian, your first year will also involve a month in Russia.
The UCL School of Slavonic & Eastern European Studies (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.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Compulsory Russian language modules form part of years one, two and four for all students. For the other half of the degree you can choose from the wealth of history modules taught in SSEES, elsewhere at UCL and throughout the University of London, as well as from the full range of Russian literature and culture modules.
Your third year is spent in Russia. The department can offer a choice of options 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 language fluency and the depth of your understanding.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Frontiers of History
The Making of Modern Russian Culture
Mode One students will take Comprehension of Russian (Year 1A) and Use of Russian (Year 1A) to the value of 1.0 credit.
Mode Two students will take Comprehension of Russian (Year 1) and Use of Russian (Year 1) to the value of 1.0 credit.
Optional choices may include:
Representations of Russia
Russian Cinema: History, Politics, Society
Russian Short Prose
Mode One students will take Comprehension of Russian (Year 2A) and Use of Russian (Year 2A) to the value of 1.0 credit.
Mode Two students will take Comprehension of Russian (Year 2) and Use of Russian (Year 2) to the value of 1.0 credit.
You will select 3.0 credits from all Russian and History year two optional modules (subject to availability).
You will spend your third year abroad in Russia.
Use of Russian (Year 4)
You will select 1.5 credits in Russian and 2.0 credits in History from a wide range of optional modules.
You will follow an integrated language programme including classes in written and spoken Russian. In both language and content courses, we offer lively and varied teaching methods including lectures, seminars and small classes in which the focus is on active student participation.
You will be assessed by written, oral and aural examinations, presentations, coursework essays, and a dissertation. Some elements of assessment throughout the programme count towards your final degree while others are used to monitor your progress and provide you with advice on how to improve.
Graduates will be equipped with Russian language skills and an understanding of the political, economic and cultural factors involved in Russian society. These attributes are sought after by governmental and non-governmental organisations, consultancies, as well as commercial, finance and media organisations (particularly those with cross-border practices or activities).
Leading figures from government and business regularly stress the need for well-qualified Russianists. Our students are capable of taking on employment in a variety of fields where use of Russian is key. A degree with Russian can lead to a career in journalism, in the civil service, as well as in cross-border businesses and financial organisations.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.
“I am currently in my third year at UCL and have recently returned from four months living and studying in St. Petersburg, Russia. There is no better way to learn a language than by fully immersing yourself in the culture of a country—living in St. Petersburg allowed me to contextualise my cultural studies and put my language skills into practice in day-to-day life. ”Lisa Atfield - Russian and History BA Third Year
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.