Russian

Undergraduate study | Russian

Learn Russian and explore literature and culture as part of a single or joint honours degree.

Why study Russian in Edinburgh?

Spoken by millions of people in Europe, Central Asia and beyond, Russian is the language of some of the most iconic literary and cultural works in history. Study it with us, and you’ll learn the language while exploring its social, cultural and political contexts.

The University of Edinburgh is unique in Scotland in offering students a full academic year abroad within the four-year honours programme, regardless of whether you spend the year studying or working. If you are studying Russian and another language, you will divide your time between two countries, broadening your skills and experience.

One of the most attractive characteristics of our degree is its flexibility. As well as lots of joint honours combinations, your first two (pre-honours) years will give you the option to study other subjects drawn from a broad list of disciplines. 

You'll typically be based in the University of Edinburgh's Central Area in a world-leading festival city filled with cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries and collections. These include outstanding Russian-language holdings in both the University's Main Library and the National Library of Scotland. We are the oldest Russian department in Scotland and, as well as hosting the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, our University has a range of student societies for Russian speakers and cultural enthusiasts.

Studying Russian at Edinburgh has been wonderful. The environment in the department is really friendly and welcoming, and teachers are very supportive and helpful in working with you to explore the parts of the subject that you find interesting.

Matt, Year 2, MA (Hons) Russian Studies 

QS World Rankings by Subject 2021

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The University of Edinburgh is ranked 3rd in the UK for Modern Languages.

We are also 3rd in the UK in the broad subject area of Arts & Humanities.

Globally, we place 13th for Modern Languages; 11th for Arts & Humanities.

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings are based on research citations and the results of major global surveys of employers and academics.

They are International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) approved.

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