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Tuition Fees (2015/16)
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

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Russian Studies MA

The Russian Studies MA draws on the unique area studies expertise at The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) to offer a choice of courses unparalleled in depth and breadth, ranging from Russia's medieval history to its contemporary politics, from 19th-century literature to 21st-century film.


What will I learn?

Russian culture is explored from a variety of perspectives. Students specialise in literature and culture, social sciences or history, or combine courses into an interdisciplinary programme. They are encouraged to develop their research skills, and many choose to learn Russian, or improve their command of Russian, through a language course.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is a world- leading specialist institution, and the largest national centre in the UK, for the study of Central, Eastern and South East Europe and Russia.

Located on the edge of Bloomsbury, SSEES offers an ideal location for scholars. The British Library, British Museum, University of London Library and other similar research centres are all close by.

The SSEES Library is unequalled in Britain for the depth and breadth of its collections, the majority of which are on open access in the SSEES building.

Student / staff ratios › 70 staff › 200 taught students › 80 research students



The programme consists of 180 credits in total.
Compulsory Modules (90 credits)
SEESGX99 - Dissertation (60 credits)
SEESGS40 - Dissertation Preparation Programme (0 credits)
This is a multi-disciplinary programme. Nevertheless, students are required to gain a thorough methodological and theoretical grounding in disciplinary study and hence must choose between one of the following three modules:
SEESGE95 Literary and Cultural Theory (30 credits)
SEESGH07 Historical Methods and Approaches (30 credits)

SEESGS82 Political Analysis (15 credits)

SEESGS83 Political Sociology (15 credits)

Optional Courses (total of 90 credits from options below)
SEESGS09 Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance (30 credits)
SEESGR17 Contemporary Cultural Studies: Between Post-Communism and Post-modernism (30 credits)
SEESGS39 Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies (15 credits)
SEESGR23 Ire, Irony, Ideology: Satire and Humour in Russian Culture (30 credits)
SEESGR04 The Nineteenth-Century Russian Novel (30 credits)
SEESGS18 Russian Foreign Policy (30 credits)
SEESGS19 Russian Politics (30 credits)
SEESGH72 Russian Monarchy: Court Ritual and Political Ideas, 1498-1917 (15 credits)
Theory and Methodology
SEESGE07 Introduction to Hermeneutics: How to Read and Interpret Texts (30 credits)
If not already taken as a compulsory course:
SEESGH07 Historical Methods and Approaches (30 credits)
SEESGE95 Literary and Cultural Theory (30 credits)
SEESGE94 Linguistic Methods (30 credits)
SEESGS62 Introduction to Discourse Analysis (15 credits)
SEESGS63 Understanding and Analysing Data (15 credits)
SEESGS45 Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
Language Courses - only one of these may be taken
SEESGR10 Russian as a New Language (30 credits)
SEESGR11 Intermediate Russian (30 credits)
SEESGR12 Advanced Russian (30 credits)
Subject to approval, optional courses up to the value of 30 credits may be taken from another SSEES MA programme or from another MA programme within UCL (Anthropology, History, European Studies, Comparative Literature, etc).




Entry Requirements

Normally an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for students who have little or no prior experience of the study of Russia as well as those who have undertaken Russian studies at BA level, who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of Russia from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Application deadlines
All applicants
31 July 2015
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Russian Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Russian Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging and truly international academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.



AHRC Scholarships may be available.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)- NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website



With their specialist knowledge and language skills, SSEES Masters graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academe.

Some graduates advise the Russian, Polish, American, and other governments, and the European Commission.

Top career destinations for this programme
  • MSt in Slavonic Studies, Oxford University (2012)
  • Education Consultant, Bryanston Square (2012)
  • Translator, Market Research company (2011)
  • Administrative Assistant, The Prince's Trust (2011)
  • Political Research Assistant, Civil Servant (2012)

Russia is one of the most exciting and important countries in the world, and SSEES is the ideal place in which to study it. Students who have successfully completed the programme have progressed to further academic research on the region, or have obtained employment in such organisations as the European Parliament and the Ministry of Defence, as well as roles in business, think-tanks, NGOs, or similar, both in Britain and abroad. Networking is facilitated by two major collaborations led by SSEES: CEELBAS and the International Master's (IMESS). Scholarships, internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region provide further benefits.

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