2022 entry

Subject area: Russian Studies

Why choose Russian Studies at the University of Edinburgh?

  • The oldest Russian teaching organisation in Scotland, we offer students a full academic year abroad within the four-year honours programme. If you’re taking Russian and another language, you’ll divide your year abroad between two countries, further broadening your skills and experience.

  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK and 13th in the world for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

  • The University has a range of student societies for Russian speakers and cultural enthusiasts, and hosts many talks delivered by leading specialists from the UK and beyond. Our Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, for example, runs conferences, lectures, film festivals, and events with award-winning Russian writers.

Study abroad

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 2nd year MA (Hons) Russian Studies
Matt 2nd year MA (Hons) Russian Studies

Introducing Russian Studies

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, including through literature and film.

We welcome students with varying levels of knowledge of the Russian language, including none at all. Even as a complete beginner, you can take Russian as a single honours degree programme, or jointly with one of a wide range of other subjects, including other European languages.

One of the most attractive characteristics of our programmes are their flexibility. This means that you will engage with a number of subjects in Years 1 and 2, and specialise thereafter, choosing from a wide range of specialist options.

Teaching takes place 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.