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Russian and History BA

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.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2020
UCAS code
RV71
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2020
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
ABB
Subjects
History required.
GCSEs
English Language and a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer

Grades
BBB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
History required.
GCSEs
English Language and a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5.

IB Diploma

Points
34
Subjects
A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects including History, with no score lower than 5.

Contextual offer

Points
32 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A score of 15 points in three higher level subjects including History, 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

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your BTEC syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

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.

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 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.

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: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

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 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.

Degree structure

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, which will focus on Russian and East European History, 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. 

Modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

30 credits of Russian Language (Mode 1 or 2)

15 credits from The Making of Modern Russian Culture

60 credits of History courses:

Seminars in History
Modern Historiography
Frontiers of History

Optional modules

One Russian Culture option from:

Representations of Russia
Russian Cinema: History, Politics, Society
Russian Short Prose

Detailed module information

See full details of modules for this programme.

Core or compulsory module(s)

30 credits of Russian Language

15 credits from either:

Identities in Nineteenth Century Literature 
OR
The Petersburg 'Text' in Russian Literature and Culture

Optional modules

You will select 75 credits from all Russian and History year two optional modules (subject to availability).

View Module Listings (under Literature and Culture and History)

Detailed module information

See full details of modules for this programme.

Year abroad

You will spend your third year abroad in Russia at a partner university. 

Detailed module information

See full details of modules for this programme.

Core or compulsory module(s)

15 credits - Use of Russian

Optional modules

You will select 45 credits in Russian and 60 credits in History from a wide range of optional modules.

View Module Listings (under Literature and Culture and History)

Detailed module information

See full details of modules for this programme.


Your learning

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.

Assessment

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.

Careers

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.

Student view
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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2020/21 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 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
£21,260 (2020/21)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

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).

Funding

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.

Departmental scholarships

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.

Application and next steps

Your application

In addition to meeting the academic criteria, you are likely to enjoy and be successful at 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 while 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 2020



Selection

We will assess your application and then decide whether to make you an offer. If you are offered a place on the programme and 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, available language options, and student life at SSEES. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, and will 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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