This course allows you to choose from a wide range of optional modules covering Russian literature, history, society, politics, culture and film alongside core language modules.
This course is open to A level students of Russian as well as to beginners in Russian. Beginners’ Russian students (including post-GCSE students) follow an intensive language course designed to take them to degree level within four years, while for our post-A level students the language course begins at a more advanced level. We welcome applications from students who are absolute beginners, or those who have GCSE, AS, or A level in Russian.
The course aims to take you to a high level in Russian, enabling you to use the language in your career if you choose to. From year one our classes target your linguistic development over the full range of skills, increasingly targeting applied and employment-related situations as you progress.
All our students spend time in Russia to consolidate their language skills and improve their fluency and confidence. At the end of the first year you will be offered the chance to spend two weeks in Russia on a special subsidised language course. This helps to prepare you for your third year, which is spent abroad, studying at a university or specialist language school in Russia. We work closely with our partner institutions in Russia to ensure that students receive excellent tuition and exposure to Russian culture.
At each level the Russian language course is complemented by modules in Russian literature, history, cinema and cultural studies, beginning at introductory level and gradually becoming more specialised as the course progresses. The breadth of our research expertise means we are able to offer our students an exceptionally broad choice and a course that promotes a deep understanding of what makes Russia the nation it is today.
The course also offers the exciting opportunity to study a further Slavonic language. If you choose to study modules in Serbian/Croatian language in your first or second year and spend part of your year abroad in Serbia or Croatia, you may graduate with a degree in Russian with Serbian/Croatian. There are also an optional fast-track module offered in the final year to students who wish to begin Serbian/Croatian at that stage.
The first-year core language course develops the four skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing. Our core module Nation, Myth, Identity introduces the study of Russia and Eastern Europe through topics in culture, history, language and society and also gives a grounding in essential study skills. You will also choose from other introductory level modules on Russian history or literature, or a module introducing the study of South-East Europe. Students who are studying Russian post-A level may begin learning Serbian/Croatian. You will have the opportunity to attend a language course in Russia during the summer vacation.
The second year advances your study in Russian in preparation for the year abroad and offers further broad coverage of the literature, history and culture of Russia and Eastern Europe. You can begin or continue Serbian/Croatian.
The third academic year is spent abroad in Russia. You can either:
- study at one of our partner universities or
- study at a language school.
If you are taking Serbian/Croatian, you will be able to divide your time to cover the countries of both languages.
Options available to you may depend on the details of the Brexit settlement negotiated by the UK government. For more information, see our Year Abroad page and the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies statement on Brexit and our year abroad provision.
In the final year, you will apply your Russian language skills in high-level modules, including those dealing with employment related topics. You will also extend the skills and knowledge acquired earlier in the course in specialised modules on topics in which you have become particularly interested. We offer a wide range of options, taught by experts in areas from the Byzantine period to the present day and ranging across literature, history and cultural studies. You can take a specialist module in Russian interpreting, and you also have the option of beginning a new language via a fast-track module in Serbian/Croatian.