Combining English and Russian gives you the opportunity to explore connections and interactions between different cultural traditions.
Studying Russian means engaging deeply with learning a new and beautiful language, which you will study in conjunction with an exploration of Russia’s culture, society, and history. You will develop a sophisticated understanding of the way Russians think and feel, of the cultural references that shape their identities. We accept students at four levels of linguistic attainment: beginners, post GCSE, post A-Level, and heritage speakers.
In English, you will be introduced to a wide range of critical and theoretical approaches to literary and non-literary texts, and you’ll discover how history, philosophy, psychology and a range of other disciplines can inform our understanding of literary works. You will divide your time equally between the two subjects.
Why study English and Russian at Queen Mary?
The interactions between English and other disciplines will be clear in modules such as British Culture in the 1950s, Reading Psychoanalysis, or Critical Aesthetics. The different focuses of literary writing – from crime in the city to scientific discoveries to nationalism – will make you aware that all literary texts are voices of people and societies both like and unlike our own. Studying these will stretch you far beyond your A-level reading and you’ll find that your spare-time reading has dimensions you had never thought of.
Studying Russian with us, you will have many opportunities to enrich your language skills by making the most of the Russian related films, plays, exhibitions and talks which take place in London. We also host academic visitors from Russia who provide enrichment classes taught in Russian, hold film screenings and music events, as well as a series of talks. Our students also deliver an annual student play in Russian, which is a great opportunity to practice Russian as well as make friendships across the Department.
You will spend a year abroad in the third year of your degree. 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 offer year-abroad programmes with universities in several Russian cities, as well as an Erasmus exchange with a university in a Russian-speaking region of Latvia.
We pride ourselves on the facilities we offer. The Library has extensive audio-visual materials and equipment, and our language learning labs and resource rooms are state of the art. Our students enjoy lively language clubs and societies which organise film showings, outings, and drama productions.
From 2017 we are introducing the QMUL Model to all our degrees. For further information on this initiative please contact the Undergraduate Programmes team firstname.lastname@example.org
Russian core modules:
For those without prior knowledge of Russian:
- Introductory Russian (QMUL Model Module)
- Russian Culture and Society
- Reading Contemporary Russia
Post GSCE entry:
- Russian I Intensive (QMUL Model Module)
- Russian Culture and Society
- Reading Contemporary Russian
Post A level entry:
- Russian I (for post A Level entrants) (QMUL Model Module)
- Foundations of Russian Studies
Heritage Speakers' Pathway:
- Russian I N (for native speakers of Russian) (QMUL Model Module)
- Foundations of Russian Studies
English compulsory modules:
- English, Reading, Theory and Interpretation
- English in Practice
- Literatures in Times: Texts and Contexts from the 8th to the 16th Century
- Poetry AND
Russian 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)
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
English modules: You will select one module from Lists 1 and 2 below, and another module or modules from Lists 3 and 4.
- Arthurian Literature: From Geoffrey of Monmouth to Game of Thrones
- Renaissance Literary Culture
- Renaissance Drama
- Representing London: Writing the Eighteenth Century City
- Romantics and Revolutionaries
- Victorian Fictions
- Postcolonial and Global Literatures
- List 4 comprises of a wide range of optional modules. You can get a sense of what might be on offer by viewing our English module directory.
Compulsory year abroad: Study Abroad or written and oral Assignments
Russian core language module:
- Russian III (for post A Level and ab initio entrants)
- Russian III N (for heritage speakers of Russian)
- Russian Novel: Dysfunctional Families
- Modern Russian Literature II: Beyond the Monolith
- Contemporary Russian Film
- Russian Novel: Countryside and Nation
- Russian Syntax
In your final year you take the English Dissertation
The remainder of the modules in your second and final years are optional, and you can choose from a list of optional modules which reflect your own particular interests.
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
- ESH – English
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:
General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.
2018 Entry requirements
|A-Level||Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include grade A or above in A-Level English Literature or English Language and Literature. 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 a minimum of 6 in Higher Level English A.|
|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. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in English Literature or Literacy modules at Distinction. Applicants will also be expected to have a GCSE in a language or experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue.|
|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.|
|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 (email@example.com) 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
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 (email@example.com) 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) is happy to advise you further.
For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
See our information and guidance on how to apply.
Learning and teaching
Learning and Teaching:
We teach our programmes in a variety of ways, some traditional, some new. In your first year you will spend some of your time in lectures, which are always followed by smaller seminar groups. In addition to the content courses, 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.
All your teachers have weekly office hours and you are encouraged to make use of these for advice. We try to vary our teaching as much as possible so that you learn by encountering different situations and points of view. Many English modules feature guest lecturers (professional writers and publishers, for example). Others make use of the unrivalled resources that London offers by taking you out of the classroom.
As you progress, you’ll spend more time in smaller classes where you’ll be expected to take more responsibility for your learning as you develop confidence and skills. But whatever the format, you’ll be taught by experts in their field who are passionate about their subject and committed to good teaching.
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete a further 2 - 3 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.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
2018/19 Academic Year
Tuition fees for International students
2018/19 Academic Year
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
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.
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.
Language graduates go into many different walks of life, typically those in which interpersonal relations are a priority and in which fluency in one or more foreign languages is likely to be useful. Some obvious destinations are the Civil Service, management consultancy, the tourist industry, the financial world. Look at CILT's (The National Centre for Languages) website for more information (click here).
A third-year module, Livelihoods in English, provides you with structured opportunities to consider and make action plans for the transition from university to working life by researching career, entrepreneurial, and further study opportunities for graduates of English, as new entrants into the world of work.
Recent graduates of English and Russian work for Ernst and Young, the British Council, The Globe Theatre, etc. Among them are an office manager, an immigration lawyer, a fiction writer, and a BBC journalist. Potential employers are likely to look favorably upon your willingness and ability to become fluent in a less commonly taught language such as Russian.
According to a survey of human resources managers in 2,700 companies, workers who speak more than one language are likely to be paid between 12-20% more than their monolingual colleagues. As the Independent put it, "Britons who learn a foreign language are richer, happier and are regarded as sexier than those who can only speak English" (Independent, 1st November 2004). Should you be one of them?
Throughout the course, students have access to an annual QM Careers and Enterprise Centre programme, to prepare them for internships and graduate level work. This includes employer led workshops on job applications and interviews as well as over 70 employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.
Recent careers events for language students include a workshop for returning 4th years, “What a Difference a Year Abroad Makes”, and a “Make Languages Work for You” speed meet event with alumni working in a variety of roles; for linguists, a careers day looking at how to use LinkedIn for job search, CV writing and career choice; for film students, a panel discussion with film and TV professionals and talk on how to start a career in film. Students also have access to our central careers programme, with a range of events including workshops on journalism, teaching, and employer-led recruitment skills training.
Opportunities for work experience are substantial given Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village. Students are encouraged to build their work experience throughout their period of study. Opportunities can be found through QProjects, a local work experience scheme, QRecruit, which advertises internships and temporary work, Experience Works, a part time work fair, and volunteering with QMSU Provide. There are also over 1400 vacancies to browse on the QM JobOnline vacancy site.
Queen Mary’s extensive campus also provides over 1200 on-campus job and volunteer opportunities ranging from E-learning Assistant to Gym Instructor and from Society President to Student Mentor.
Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers pages http://www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/.