Fact file - 2014 entry
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out)
Qualification name:History and Beginners Russian
A level offer: ABB
Required subjects: B in History and normally an A in a language at GCSE
IB score: 32 (5 in history)
Available part time: yes
Course places: 32 for all joint honours courses in the department of Russian and Slavonic Studies
Campus: University Park Campus
This course combines studies in history and Russian language and culture. You will acquire the skills for writing and debating history, and an in-depth analysis of an area of historiography of your choice will help you to develop critical abilities. In Russian, as well as taking core language modules, you will study the culture, history and literature of Russia. You have the option to study a second Slavonic language.All students have the opportunity to take part in a language course in Russia during the first summer vacation.
In history, you will take the core module Learning History which introduces you to the skills and methodologies of historical research. In Russian, you will take special introductory language modules which take you to approximately A level standard.
The history core module Exploring Historiography is intended to develop independence of mind and critical abilities, which involves planning, researching and writing a 5,000-word analysis of the historiography of a topic of your choice. In Russian, you will consolidate your language skills and take options from a wide range of modules in Russian literature, culture and history.
The year abroad is spent in Russia where you study at a university or language school and may gain some work experience in the private or voluntary sector.
In history, you will select a Special Subject plus an optional module. In Russian, you will select high-level language modules, including employment-related and specialised modules. There is a range of options, taught by experts in the field and optional fast-track modules for learning Serbian/Croatian and Slovene.
See also the Department of History.
A levels: ABB, including B in History and A in a language at GCSE
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (minimum 19 with 20 in speaking)
For details please see the alternative qualifications page
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Typical year-one modules
Beginners Russian A
Beginners Russian B
Typical year-two modules
Typical year-three modules
Year spent abroad. Please see the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies Year Abroad page.
Typical year-four modules
Russian for Business Situations
Typical optional modules
Introduction to the Medieval World 500-1500
The History and Culture of Early Rus, c 900 - 1300
The Contemporary World since 1945
Imagining Crime: Russian Detective Fiction
Suez and the End of Empire
Peasants, Slaves and Serfs in the Middle Ages
The History of a Relation: Jews in Modern Europe
Myths and Memories: Histories of Russia's Second World War
Building Sovietness: Culture under Lenin and Stalin
Serbian and Croatian History 1804-1941
By the end of this course you will have developed strong linguistic, analytical and presentation skills that will prepare you for a wide range of careers. You will have attained a high level of proficiency in Russian (comparable to that of fellow students who took Russian at A level) and will be able to use your language skills in increasingly complex situations. You will have a sound knowledge of the theories and techniques used by historians.
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies was £16,928 and for graduates of the Department of History it was £18,915.*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
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Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
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This course contains a period of study abroad. Students are assessed in their language skills and cultural understanding, developed during their time abroad.
Assessment for Russian studies forms part of the final year core language module R83112 (Advanced Russian). Assessment is via a presentation and contributes 10% of the overall module mark.