Fact file - 2014 entry
Qualification:BA Jt Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out)
Qualification name:English and Russian
A level offer: ABB
Required subjects: A in English and grade B in Russian at A level
IB score: 32 (6 in English at Higher Level, 5 in Russian at Higher Level)
Available part time: yes
Course places: 32 for all joint honours courses in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies.
Campus: University Park Campus
On this course you will devote half of your time to English and half to the study of Russian language, culture, history and society. As well as spending the third year abroad, all students also have the option to take part in a language course in Russian after your first year.
In English, you will have a choice of three core modules from the areas of English language, modern English literature, medieval studies and drama. In Russian, you will take modules designed to consolidate and advance your knowledge of the language alongside modules on Russian culture, history, cinema and literature. Most students attend a language course in St. Petersburg in the summer vacation.
In English, you will choose core modules to develop your studies in at least two areas of the discipline. You will also have the opportunity to take modules which focus on one specific literary period in English literature. In Russian, you will take language modules leading up to the year abroad and further options in literary and cultural studies.
The year abroad is spent in Russia where you will study at a university or language school and may gain some work experience in the private or voluntary sector, including English language teaching.
You will have the same wide range of final-year options in English as single honours students. In Russian, you will apply your language skills in high-level modules, including employment-related ones. You will also apply the skills and knowledge acquired earlier in the course to specialised modules on topics in which you have become particularly interested. There are optional fast-track modules for learning Serbian/Croatian and Slovene.
See also the School of English.
A levels: ABB, A in English and B in Russian at A level
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (minimum 19 with 20 in Speaking)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 67 (minimum score 67)
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
Typical year-two modules
Russian Comprehension and Oral: Core
Russian in Practice: Core
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
Language and Context
Introduction to Drama
Imagining Crime - Russian Detective Fiction
The World of Orthodox Sainthood
The Long Nineteenth Century: Themes and Transitions
Ice and Fire: Myths and Heroes of the North
Burning Desires: Vikings in Britain 750-1100
Russian Popular Music in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Screening Russia: Film and Society from Khrushchev to Putin
By the end of your course you will have in-depth knowledge of English literature. In addition, you will have reached a high level of proficiency in Russian and be able to use the language in increasingly complex contexts, including employment-related situations. Your international experience will prove to employers that you are adaptable, independent and able to cope in challenging situations. Your transferable skills will include the ability to communicate effectively, think independently and construct a logical argument.
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 the graduates of the School of English it was £17,645.*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
Careers Support and Advice
Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
Key Information Sets (KIS)
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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.