BA Politics and Russian (RL72)

2016 entry

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UCAS code RL72
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Part-time study 6-7 year(s) part-time
Six or seven years with daytime weekday teaching and a period of residence abroad
Number of applications for 2014/15 87
Number of places for 2016/17 12

About BA Politics and Russian

This course combines Politics with study of Russian. This provides a valuable skill set that is ideally tailored to the increasingly globalised workplace.

Politics is based around three themes:

  • political theory
  • comparative and national politics
  • international relations.

In Russian, you will study a combination of language and culture units, introducing you to a linguistic and cultural tradition spanning some of Europe's most important writers, literary developments and ideological trends.

You will spend your third year abroad, which will enable you to refine your language skills and cultural knowledge and gain valuable work experience.

Bristol has an enviable record for its research and teaching both in politics and Russian culture.

More about Politics and International Relations

Find out more about studying Politics and International Relations at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Two mandatory politics units:
    • Political Concepts
    • Comparative Government and Politics
  • And a choice of one unit from:
    • Introduction to International Relations
    • Approaches to the Study of Political Science
  • Russian Language
  • Introduction to Russian History and Culture
  • Introduction to the Russian Novel or Beginners' Czech

Second year

  • One remaining core politics unit
  • Free choice of two 2nd year politics units from a range of options
  • Russian Language
  • One to three optional culture units in Russian (eg: The New Soviet Man and his ‘Others’: Soviet Russia, 1917-1945, Orthodox Culture, The Nineteenth-century Russian Novel, Czech)

Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year

  • Free choice of three 3rd year politics units from a range of options, including the possibility of undertaking a dissertation
  • Russian Language
  • One to three optional culture units in Russian, (eg: Russian Thought on the Eve of the Revolution, The Cold War at Home: Soviet Culture and Society 1945-1991, Gender in Twentieth- and Twenty-first Century Russia, Post-Soviet Russian Prose Fiction, Dostoevsky)
Further details about the course structure for Politics
Further details about the course structure for Russian

Typical offer for BA Politics and Russian

(including international A-levels)
AAB including a modern language*
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
ABB including a modern language*
IB Diploma 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 5 in a modern language at Higher Level*
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 in a modern language at Higher Level*
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, including an essay-based subject*
BTEC DDD. All applicants should demonstrate a capacity for language learning.*
SQASH: AAABB and AH: AB including a modern language*
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB80% overall including 8 in a modern language*
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:grade C in English and Mathematics.
Academic qualifications*Russian can be studied from beginner level but all applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with a modern language A-level at grade B or above (or equivalent).

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  • 12 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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