Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Russian Studies

Why choose Russian Studies at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK and 17th in the world for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • We are unique in Scotland in offering both single and joint honours language programmes which all take four years to complete, including a year abroad. If you’re studying two languages, you’ll divide your time abroad between countries relevant to each language, further building your skills and experience.

  • We're the oldest Russian teaching organisation in Scotland. From our annual Russian play to a range of student societies for Russian speakers and cultural enthusiasts, our close-knit community has lots going on.

  • The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre runs a fantastic series of public events, including lectures and film screenings, and we have good links with Russian-speaking community organisations in Scotland and beyond.

  • We welcome both beginners and students with previous knowledge of the language. Even starting from scratch, you can take Russian as a single honours, or as a joint programme with one of a wide range of other subjects, including many other languages.

  • Our teaching staff are also highly active researchers, passing on to you the same passion and world-class expertise that gained excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Study abroad

Edinburgh stood out to me for its friendly and intimate community in Russian Studies. I also found the idea of a broader approach interesting and have taken an option in Persian.

Thomas Noneley 3rd year MA (Hons) Russian Studies & English Literature
Thomas Noneley 3rd year MA (Hons) Russian Studies & English Literature

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 with us and you’ll learn the language while exploring its social, cultural and political contexts, including through literature and film.

We welcome both beginners and students with previous knowledge of the language. You’ll engage with a broad range of subjects in Years 1 and 2, and specialise thereafter, choosing from options ranging from The Great Russian Novel, to The Post-Soviet Word, and Image and Memory. You’ll also take advanced language classes, including in spoken Russian and translation.

You’ll be based at the heart of the University in a world-leading festival city bursting 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.