Politics and Russian A BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: RL72
Start date: September 2018
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer: ABB
(specific subjects required)
UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: No
Politics allows you an in-depth understanding of the institutions and practices of modern political systems, as well as the theories that underpin them and the ways in which they shape, and are shaped by, society. A combination of core and optional modules will give you a firm grounding in political ideas, challenges and institutions around the world, while allowing you to develop specialist knowledge in areas that suit your interests.
If you have A-level Russian or equivalent, this degree will improve and refine your language skills, and introduce you to various aspects of Russian culture, history and politics. A combination of core and optional modules will give you a firm grounding in the Russian language and you'll be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules exploring topics that suit your interests in Russian history, culture and society. You’ll also spend a year studying in Russia to develop your spoken and written Russian. But you’ll also choose from optional modules to explore topics from Dostoevsky to the language of the media.Back to top
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects. You’ll study one of our Cornerstone modules in Year 1 to draw your two subjects together, and apply your knowledge and skills to a major research project in either subject in your final year.
Core modules in your first year will allow you to explore the similarities and differences between political systems and introduce you to key concepts, theories and ideas in politics. In the following year youll develop this knowledge by choosing from a range of optional modules on topics like security, electioneering and politics from the US to Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific. Youll continue to pursue these interests by choosing from an even wider range of optional modules in your final year.
In your first year you’ll study core modules that will improve your written and spoken Russian, and you’ll also be introduced to Russian culture and literature. You’ll then spend a year studying in Russia to refine your skills and gain a deeper insight into Russian life. When you return, you’ll take advanced language classes over the next two years, and choose from optional modules on topics such as 19th century literature, new media in Russia and translation.
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|Politics, Culture and Society||20 credits|
|Comparative Politics||20 credits|
|Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas||20 credits|
|Core Russian Language 1||20 credits|
|Developing Russian Language 1||20 credits|
|Text and Context: Introduction to Russian Literature||20 credits|
|From Icons to iPods: Approaches to Russian Culture||20 credits|
|Introduction to Russian Folklore: Fairy Tales and Cultural Practice||20 credits|
|Year Abroad||120 credits|
|Core Russian Language 2||20 credits|
Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.
|Politics and Policy in the EU||20 credits|
|Security Studies||20 credits|
|Not by Bread Alone: Everyday Culture under the Soviet Regime||20 credits|
|Postcommunist / Postmodernist Identities||20 credits|
|The Sounds of Russian||20 credits|
|Core Russian Language 3||20 credits|
|Final Year Project|
|The End of British Politics?||20 credits|
|Parliaments and the Public||20 credits|
|Europe in the World||20 credits|
|Gender Identity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia||20 credits|
|Russian (New) Media||20 credits|
|Russian Advanced Translation||20 credits|
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Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: ABB including B in Russian
Access to HE Diploma
Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
M1, M1, M1 including Russian
34 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in Russian at Higher Level
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 including H3 in Russian
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
BB in Advanced Highers including Russian and AABBB in Highers, or B in Russian in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers
European Baccalaureate: 77% including 80% in Russian
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level including Russian and grade A in the EPQ.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
BBC at A Level including B in Russian and pass Access to Leeds
English language requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects, including proficiency in a major world language. As well as demonstrating that youre intellectually versatile, your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek.
Youll have good research skills, and youll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. Youll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, youll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team. You will also have a strong understanding of cultural diversity, allowing you to work effectively with people whose backgrounds differ from yours.
All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates have pursued careers across the globe that reflect the diversity of their degrees. Theyve gone on to be successful in education, the media, law, publishing, the civil service, business and finance and the charity sector to name a few. Many others have also pursued postgraduate study, including further training in language-based careers such as translating and interpreting.
Youll spend your second year studying at the Institute of Russian Language and Culture at Moscow State University. Its a fantastic opportunity to benefit from expert instruction in intensive language classes, as well as optional seminars on topics such as history, grammar and the media. Of course, youll also have plenty of time outside the classroom to travel and explore the real Russia.
Read more about the Residence Abroad in Russia
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