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R711 BA (Hons) 4 years

Overview

Studying modern languages is about more than vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation: you will also immerse yourself in culture, may spend time working or studying abroad, and will learn to understand the subtleties of communication.

Students with little or no knowledge of Russian follow a special two-year ab initio track taking them beyond A-level standard. You then progress to the year abroad in Year 3, returning for a final year and finishing in four years.

Students who already have an A-level in Russian or an equivalent qualification, go straight into Russian I. Each year you receive a large amount of language tuition designed to bring your competence in understanding and expressing yourself to as high a level as possible. Students take modules in Russian literature, thought and film to enrich their feel for the language. We also encourage you to take modules in History and other disciplines where there is a strong interest in Russia. Students are encouraged to participate in the annual play, performed in Russian.

Why study Russian at Queen Mary?

We are one of the leading language departments in the UK and our teaching and research is rated as excellent:  our research has consistently been rated as outstanding, with books by members of the Department winning prizes from Russian and Slavic organisations in the USA and UK..In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) only two Modern Languages departments ranked above us included Russian.  We regularly feature among the top Russian Departments in the country in league tables and university guides, such as the 2016 Complete University Guide. This means that you will learn from people who are at the forefront of their field.

Studying Russian at Queen Mary University of London means more than just learning a language.  You will also explore Russia’s culture, society, and history with top specialists in those subjects as well as reading Russian literature, watching Russian films, and writing analytical essays about them.

Students normally pursue a four-year degree, with the third year spent abroad in Russia or a Russian-speaking environment. Heritage speakers of Russian may be exempted from the year abroad, but otherwise the year abroad is an essential component of our degree as it affords a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and hone your language skills, an experience which is highly regarded in the professional world.

We pride ourselves on the facilities we offer. Our computing services make us one of the best equipped languages departments in the UK. Advisers are on hand to help you take advantage of multilingual word-processing and to point you towards websites useful for language study. Our custom designed Multi-Media Resources Centre provides state-of-the-art language teaching and learning facilities. We also subscribe to many foreign newspapers and journals.

The Library has extensive audio-visual facilities, a large collection of videos and DVDs and is equipped for viewing foreign language satellite TV. Students also enjoy lively language clubs and societies which organise film showings, outings, drama productions and social meetings which give you the chance to practise your language as well as have fun.

Structure

Year 1

From 2017 we are introducing the QMUL Model to all our degrees.  For further information on this initiative please contact the Undergraduate Programmes team sllf-ug@qmul.ac.uk

(Ab initio track) For those without prior knowledge of Russian:

  • Introductory Russian (QMUL Model Module)
  • Russian Culture and Society
  • Reading Contemporary Russia
  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages

Post GCSE entry:

  • Russian I Intensive (QMUL Model Module)
  • Russian Culture and Society
  • Reading Contemporary Russia
  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages

Post A level entry:

  • Russian I (for post A Level entrants) (QMUL Model Module)
  • Foundations of Russian Studies
  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages

Heritage Speakers’ Pathway:

  • Russian I N (for native speakers of Russian) (QMUL Model Module)
  • Foundations of Russian Studies
  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages

Options for single-honours students include:

  • History of the Russian Language
  • Russian Language Play

Year 2

Core language module:

  • Russian II (for post A Level entrants)
  • Russian II Intensive (for ab initio entrants)
  • Russian II N (for heritage speakers of Russian)

Options include:

  • Russian Novel: Self and Society
  • Short Stories and Important People: The Nineteenth Century
  • Modern Russian Literature I: Revolution
  • Russian Film: Memory and History

Year 3

  • Compulsory year abroad: Written Assignment

Year 4

Core language module:

  • Russian III (for post A Level and ab initio entrants)
  • Russian III N (for heritage speakers of Russian)

Options include:

  • Russian Novel: Dysfunctional Families
  • Modern Russian Literature II: Beyond the Monolith
  • Contemporary Russian Film
  • Russian Novel: Countryside and Nation
  • Russian Syntax 

For a complete list of modules please visit the directory of modules http://www.qmul.ac.uk/modules/

Use the following abbreviation in the Code search​

  • RUS – Russian

QMUL will aim to deliver your programme so that it closely matches the way in which it has been described to you by QMUL in print, online, and/or in person. However, it is important to realise that in some circumstances, we may change aspects of your programme. See our full terms and conditions to read more: 

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/prospective/termsandconditions/

Entry requirements

General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades BBB 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.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 30 points overall, including 5,5,5 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 HEWe 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, grade B or above in A-Level French will be also be required. 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.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
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.

General Admissions Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.

Vocational and Other Qualifications

The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.

Combined Qualifications

If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Advanced Entry

Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application for individual advice.

If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.

We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.

Non-UK students

European and International Applicants

Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.

Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) is happy to advise you further.

Further Information

For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Email: admissions@qmul.ac.uk

See our information and guidance on how to apply.

Learning and teaching

Teaching typically involves a lecture per week for each module, followed up by a smaller seminar group session where you will have the opportunity to actively contribute. In addition to this, you will spend up to five hours per week in language classes – you will be taught in small groups of no more than 20 for classroom or language lab teaching, and fewer than 10 for oral and aural work. We give our students individual attention and every student has an Adviser who can help with academic or personal problems. All the language programmes include writing-intensive modules that will help you strengthen your thinking, research and essay-writing skills.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete a further 5 - 6 hours of independent study.  Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations. 

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments.  However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability. 

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area.  This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary from module to module, and include a mixture of exams and coursework, coursework only, oral and aural exams, final-year dissertations and a range of more innovative methods, such as independent projects and creative journals.

Fees and finance

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full-time £14,500

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk

Funding

Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in WalesScotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

Graduate Employment

Graduates from Queen Mary’s School of Languages, Linguistics and Film Studies go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as interpreting and teaching, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as marketing.

The broad range of skills gained through our language courses, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled students to move into careers such as:

Global Technical Support RespresentationBloomberg
Assistant Tour ManagerSony
Trainee ManagerMajestic Wine
Training Centre Co-ordinatorESI International
Fundraising AdministratorMildmay International
Marketing ExecutiveMano
TutorFreelance
Graduate Account ExecutiveHall & Partners
Publishing AssistantMedikidz
JournalistSelf Employed
InterpreterSelf Employed
English as a Foreign Language TeacherBritish Council

Careers support

In today's competitive jobs market, employers expect graduates to have a range of skills and work experience. Being based in London is a distinct advantage, and at QMUL we have designed programmes of careers support to help you take advantage of our capital location.

Alongside your studies, you'll have opportunities to:

• attend networking or industry events

• apply for internships in your ideal area of work

• volunteer with local or national charities

• work part-time.

And there's plenty of day-to-day support too. Whether you need help with writing a CV, developing your interview skills or planning further study once you graduate, we have teams of advisers on hand to give you the advice and support you need.

Visit: www.careers.qmul.ac.uk  and www.qmsu.org/volunteering

Learning a language

Even if you're not studying a language as part of your degree, you can still develop these skills by signing up for a course in QMUL's Language Centre. Choose from: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese or Spanish.

Visit: http://sllf.qmul.ac.uk/language-centre/language-learning/

Profiles

Name: Imogen Cable (Graduated 2016)

Studied: BA Russian

What's it like being a student in London?

London has all the facilities that a student could want. I think that the blend of the QM campus environment with the city beyond is the perfect combination of things that complement student life.

Please tell us about anything else that you’ve really enjoyed or found useful during your time as a QMUL student

I loved taking part in the Russian Play. I also enjoy classes with guest lecturers from Russia, especially those who have made films as I enjoy gathering as a department to watch these and then speak to the lecturer about them. I think that it is really useful to have practise oral exams as we did this year, as well as practising unseen translation in class.

 

Name: Josephine Roulet

Studied: BA Russian

Currently: Assistant to Research & Development Director, EDF Energy

What's it like being a student in London?

Studying at the QM Russian Department was an extremely pleasant and positive experience. The Lecturers were very qualified and passionate individuals. It was a pleasure to exchange with them. The great thing about studying Russian at Queen Mary is that there is a small number of students per year, meaning that we got a lot of attention and opportunities for one to one discussions with our lecturers. Given that they were so little of us, I was positively surprised by the range of subjects on offer on top of the language modules: from Russian Literature to Films, Russian Art, etc. We also had the chance to be taught by one of the best translator of Russian of our time- Robert Chandler.

What's it like being a student in London?

London has got everything to fulfill my interests, I felt really lucky to be part of the University of London group. This has got a few advantages, such as access to the beautiful, spacious, and comprehensive Senate House library on Russell Square.
 
How do you think your QMUL qualification will help your future career? 

It has definitely helped me to secure internship roles in the Russian art sector as a young graduate. I decided not to pursue a career with Russian, but this is only down to my own decision. For me this degree was more of an end in itself. I thoroughly enjoyed it and met some incredible people, some of which I am still in contact with. Today I actually miss the conversations with our lecturers, and sitting in lectures.

Please tell us about anything else that you’ve really enjoyed or found useful during your time as a QMUL student

The performance of the Russian Play (and the year-long work towards the end of the year performance); all of the Art History modules (including Paris in Art, Russian Avant-Garde and Avant-Garde Art); the Russian Films modules, and the meetings with Russian external speakers/ lecturers.

Make the most of your time to get yourself involved in projects (e.g.: the Russian Play; societies and groups) to meet people with common interests.  Make use of the Senate House library during revision time.

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