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This four-year degree programme is jointly taught by the School of Languages Linguistics and Film and the School of Politics and International Relations, and combines two different, but often complementary, areas of interest.

You'll divide your time equally between the two subjects, with the flexibility to tailor your degree with a wide choice of modules. You'll gain an excellent grounding in Russian language, taking core modules in written and spoken Russian, and explore its fascinating culture, politics, society and history. You’ll also learn to engage with political theories, ideas and ideologies, governments and institutions, and comparative politics.

The programme will give you a sophisticated understanding of the cultural references that shape Russian identities. You’ll spend your third year abroad studying or working in Russia or a Russian-speaking region of Latvia – an essential component of the degree which allows you to immerse yourself in the culture and hone your language skills. No prior knowledge of Russian is required.

This four-year degree programme is jointly taught by the School of Languages Linguistics and Film and the School of Politics and International Relations, and combines two different, but often complementary, areas of interest. You'll divide your time equally between the two subjects, with the flexibility to tailor your degree with a wide choice of modules. You'll gain an...

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Course Content

YEAR 1

Compulsory

  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages
  • Reading Contemporary Russia (for beginner or post-GCSE entrants only)
  • Russian Culture and Society (for beginner or post-GCSE entrants) OR Foundations of Russian Studies (for post-A-level or native speakers)
  • Russian language module (streamed according to entry level)
  • Thinking Politically: Introduction to concepts, theories and ideologies

Choose from

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Political Analysis

YEAR 2

Compulsory

  • Modern Political Thought 1
  • Russian language module (streamed according to entry level)

Choose one or two from

  • Modern Russian Literature I: Revolution
  • Russian Film: Memory and History
  • Russian Novel: Self and Society
  • Short Stories and Important People: The 19th century

Choose up to three from

  • Accountability and Complexity in British Government
  • Colonialism, Capitalism and Development
  • Comparative European Politics I - Context and Institutional Development
  • Comparative European Politics II - Issues and Performance
  • European Integration
  • International Relations Theory
  • Modern Political Thought 2
  • Modernity: Theories of State, Economy and Society
  • Political Research
  • Politics of International Law
  • Power and Legitimacy in British Politics
  • Power in Global Governance
  • Researching Everyday Politics
  • The International Politics of Security
  • The International Politics of the Developing World
  • US Politics
  • War in World Politics

YEAR 3

  • Year abroad

YEAR 4

Compulsory

  • Russian language module

Choose one or two from

  • Modern Languages Research Project
  • Russian Novel: Countryside and Nation
  • Russian Novel: Dysfunctional Families
  • Russian Syntax

Choose up to four from

  • Africa and International Politics
  • American Politics, Carceral State and Social Movements
  • British Economic and Social Policy Since 1945 – Ideas, Interests and Institutions
  • British Economic and Social Policy Since 1945 – Independent Research
  • Contemporary Russian Film
  • Contemporary Russian Politics
  • Doing International Politics
  • Gender and Politics
  • Globalisation: Issues and Debates
  • Global Politics of Health and Disease
  • Justice in a Global City
  • Latin American Politics
  • Modern Russian Literature II: Beyond the Monolith
  • Nationalism and Ethnicity in International Relations
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • Parliamentary Studies (Internship)
  • Politics of South Asia
  • Politics of South Asia – Independent Research
  • Political Violence and Liberal Modernity
  • Populism: A Global Perspective
  • Populism in 21st Century Europe
  • Race and Racism in World Politics
  • Race and Racism in World Politics: Independent Research
  • Radical Politics
  • Radical Politics Today – Independent Research
  • The Politics of the Post-Colonial Middle East
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Utopia and Dystopia: Political, Economic and Literary Dreamworlds
  • Utopia and Dystopia: Political, Economic and Literary Dreamworlds: Independent Research

YEAR 1 Compulsory Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages Reading Contemporary Russia (for beginner or post-GCSE entrants only) Russian Culture and Society (for beginner or post-GCSE entrants) OR Foundations of Russian Studies (for post-A-level or native speakers) Russian language...

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Entry Requirements

A-Level :- Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Applicants will also be expected to have a GCSE in a language or have experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.

IB :- International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include an essay based humanities or social sciences subject at Higher Level.

BTEC :- See our detailed subject and grade requirements

Access HE :- We consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. For programmes with French, applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level. For all other single and joint honours language programmes, experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue, and a demonstrable aptitude for language study are required. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.

GCSE :- Minimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.

EPQ :- Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq

Contextualised admissions :- We consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

A-Level :- Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Applicants will also be expected to have a GCSE in a language or have experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking. IB :- International Baccalaureate...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment typically includes a combination of written exams and coursework, a final-year dissertation, independent projects and creative journals.

Assessment typically includes a combination of written exams and coursework, a final-year dissertation, independent projects and creative journals.

Additional Information

Degree :-  BA (Hons)

Duration :-  4 years

Start :-  September 2020

UK/EU fees :-  £9,250*

International fees :-  £16,200*

*These fees are for the 2019-20 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2020-21 have not yet been set.

Degree :-  BA (Hons) Duration :-  4 years Start :-  September 2020 UK/EU fees :-  £9,250* International fees :-  £16,200* *These fees are for the 2019-20 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2020-21 have...

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