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English and Russian

QR38 BA (Hons) 4 years

Overview

A degree in English begins with reading - reading the oldest and the newest, the most passionate and the most profound writing. But an English degree also encourages you to read in new ways. By studying English at Queen Mary you will become a thoughtful, thorough, and active reader who thinks intelligently both about what people have written (and are still writing), and about what it means to read and interpret their work. 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.

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.

Why study English at Queen Mary?

English at Queen Mary has an international reputation for excellence. We were ranked fifth in the UK in the last national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) - this means you will be taught by leading researchers in the field. But our academics are not just influential researchers; they are also dedicated teachers who are actively engaged in the running of a diverse range of undergraduate modules. 

We are a big department so you will be able to personalise your degree and study the topics that most interest you. But we are also a friendly department. You will have plenty of staff contact, and we will work with you to aid your academic, personal and professional development.

While teaching takes place at our scenic Mile End campus, the Queen Mary English degree makes full use of the literary and cultural resources London offers. Modules include trips to Shakespeare's Globe, the V&A, the British Library and British Museum, the Tate, the National Gallery, and many other institutions. Studying in London - and in the East End - also gives you the unique opportunity of experiencing the spaces that the writers you study inhabited, as you walk through the London of Chaucer, Dickens, Woolf, and Monica Ali.

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

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

Year 1

(Ab initio track) 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
  • EITHER:
    • Shakespeare
  • OR
    • Literatures in Times: Texts and Contexts from the 8th to the 16th Century
  • OR
    • Poetry AND
    • Narrative

Year 2

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)

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

In your second year in English, you will select one module from Lists 1 and 2 below, and another module or modules from Lists 3 and 4.

List 1

Arthurian Literature: From Geoffrey of Monmouth to Game of Thrones

Renaissance Literary Culture

Renaissance Drama

List 2

Representing London: Writing the Eighteenth Century City

Romantics and Revolutionaries

Victorian Fictions

List 3

Architexts

Modernism

Postcolonial and Global Literatures

List 4

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.

Year 3

  • Compulsory year abroad: Written Assignment

Year 4

Russian 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

In your final year you take the English Dissertation

Optional Modules

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: 

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

Entry requirements

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades 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.
IBInternational 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.
BTECBTEC qualifications are considered for entry to this programme.
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. 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.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe 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 designated webpages.

2017 Entry requirements

As/A-level:

Typical grades required: AAB- ABB from three A-levels with an A in English Literature or English Language and Literature and a B in a language.

Excluded subjects: General Studies and Critical Thinking

International Baccalaureate

Subjects and grades: 32 points overall including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 6 in Higher Level English A1 or A2 and 5 in a Higher Level language.

 

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

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. Increasingly, we are making lectures available by video podcast so that you can refresh your memory of what was said and shown. 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 of our 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.

Independent Study

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.

Assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways. Some modules will be assessed by traditional exams, but the majority are assessed by coursework.

Coursework can mean essays, projects, individual or group presentations, log books, oral or memorisation tests. All coursework is compulsory because each piece of coursework contributes towards the final mark for a module.

Fees and funding

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 Wales, Scotland 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

Profiles

GRADUATE PROFILE

Name: Ruth Ingamells
Studied: BA English

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?
I chose to study at Queen Mary because I was interested in studying forms of narrative and exploring literary theory. I liked the wide range of topics, and the stress on coursework rather than exams.

What was the highlight of your time at Queen Mary?
The highlight of my time at Queen Mary has been the hands-on attitude to my dissertation. It by no means has been a spoon-feeding experience, but I have enjoyed the help and have greatly appreciated the advice I have been given. Overall, Queen Mary has helped me become an all-round better scholar.

How did you find life on campus?
I have really enjoyed my time on campus, especially because it means less travel. Having a campus university means it’s easier to make friends and see tutors.

What surprised you most about your course?
The wide range of topics I didn’t even know existed.

Which of the modules that you studied was your favourite?
‘Time, Narrative, and Culture’, ‘Post-Colonial Literature’ and ‘Palestine/Israel’, because I love the literature studied on these modules, and the way each one bleeds into modern political and philosophical thought

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