Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

MA Russian Studies and Spanish

UCAS code: RR74

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Literatures, Languages and Cultures

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Russian Studies and Spanish

After a period of political, social and economic transformation, Russia is playing an increasingly bigger role in international politics, while Spanish is an official language of a fascinatingly rich and varied range of countries around the globe.

This programme is your opportunity to learn the world’s second and fifth most widely used languages while gaining an insight into the literature, culture and history of the many places in which Russian and Spanish are spoken, including most of Latin America. As well as intensive language tuition, learning how to read, write and speak the languages to a high standard - including in translation - you will also study cultural topics such as literature and film.

A highlight of this programme is the Year Abroad. You will spend Year 3 studying, teaching or working in two countries: one in which Russian is spoken; and one in which Spanish is spoken.

Another attractive characteristic of this programme is its flexibility. This means that in Years 1 and 2, you will choose option courses drawn from a broad list of disciplines in addition to your core subjects.

Year 1

If you have no previous knowledge of Russian you will take Russian Studies 1A, an intensive beginners Russian course.

If you have studied the language before, you will take Russian Studies 1B which provides an advanced Russian language component. Both of these courses include a unit on Russian culture.

You will study either Spanish 1A or 1B, depending on your language skills, and a selection of literary texts and films from the Spanish-speaking world. You will also choose from a wide range of option courses offered by the University of Edinburgh.

Year 2

In Year 2 you will build on the language skills you developed in Year 1, both in Russian and in Spanish. You'll take compulsory courses on Russian literature, and the literatures and cultures of the Spanish speaking world.

As in Year 1, you will also choose from a wide range of other option courses offered by the University. These include a great selection in European languages and cultures, allowing you to study literature, film and theatre in themed and comparative contexts or to study Portuguese, Basque or Catalan.

Year 3

You'll spend Year 3 abroad, dividing your 30 weeks between a country in which Russian is spoken and one in which Spanish is spoken. You will spend at least eight weeks in each country, either studying or completing a work/teaching placement.

Whether studying or working, our graduates have told us how much the year abroad has benefitted their broader life experience and skills, as well as their understanding of Russophone and Hispanic languages and cultures.

During your year abroad, we'll aim to ensure your experience is as beneficial as possible to your final year, as well as to your wider language learning, cultural awareness and skills development. For example, you'll take e-learning courses which will count as part of your Year 3 mark and prepare you for your Year 4 language courses.

Year 4

In Year 4, you'll refine your advanced language skills.

You'll also take specialist option courses taught by research-active experts. There's a wide range to choose from, usually on topics such as film, literature, history, politics, language and culture.

You will also complete a dissertation in either Russian or Spanish.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2020/21)

Our facilities

Teaching takes place in and around the University of Edinburgh's Central Area in a world-leading festival city bursting with cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries and collections, including outstanding Russian- and Spanish-language holdings in both the Main University Library and National Library of Scotland.

Edinburgh's European cinema scene is particularly strong and includes annual film festivals for both Russian and Spanish, the latter started by our staff. There's plenty to see and do throughout the year, including at our own Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, an internationally recognised research and public engagement centre which runs conferences, lectures, film festivals, and events with Russian award-winning writers.

The University has excellent computing and audiovisual resources, support services and social spaces, including in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures where both languages are taught. The Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies brings together staff and students from a number of different subject areas.

There’s lots going on in our subject areas, from plays and student-run societies for both Russian and Spanish to Babble, our online magazine for European languages.

Study abroad

You will spend Year 3 abroad, dividing your time between a country where Russian is spoken and one in which Spanish is spoken. You will spend at least eight weeks in each country.

This is your chance to immerse yourself in Russophone and Hispanic culture, and to develop your broader life experience and skills towards life after university.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

You will be taught by experienced tutors including world-leading research academics in lectures, seminars and tutorials. We teach languages in small groups, with most of our materials tailor-made for student requirements.

You will receive timely feedback on your work and will be offered individual as well as group consultations.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of coursework - including presentations, podcasts and posters -as well as exams, including oral exams.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2020/21)

Russia plays a significant role in global politics and, as the world’s largest country, has its fifth most widely spoken language.

Opportunities for Russian-speaking graduates, both at home and abroad, are many, varied and steadily expanding, while Spanish is your gateway to a great many countries and cultures, extending beyond Europe to Latin America.

Some of our graduates choose career paths in translation, interpreting, journalism, teaching or business, both at home and abroad. Others go on to work within the public or third sector, including for international charities or institutions of the European Union, or move into the creative industries, publishing, tourism and travel.

Employers increasingly value the excellent communication skills that come with language learning, the intercultural and critical awareness provided by international experiences such as the year abroad, and imaginative thinking. Careers where these skills are particularly useful include marketing, politics and policy work, and law.

Having developed enhanced research skills during your time with us, especially in Year 4, you may also choose to continue studying at postgraduate level.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA-AABB by the end of S5 or AAAA-AAAB by the end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.(Revised 09/04/2020 from AAAA-AAAB and to include alternate grades to be achieved by end of S6.)
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB.
  • IB: 43 points with 776 at HL - 37 points with 666 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: Spanish at B. National 5s: English at C.
  • A Levels: Russian or Spanish at B. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: Russian or Spanish at 5. SL: English at 5.

Additional requirements

Language requirement

For degrees that have a subject requirement of a language other than English, students may not use their own native language to meet this requirement. In these instances, English or an alternative language other than native will be acceptable.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified*:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components.

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

*(Revised 27 April 2020 to include TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition.)

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Russian Studies and Spanish

Additional costs

For your compulsory residence abroad in Year 3, we give you a wide range of options. Your costs will depend on where you decide to go and how you spend your time.

Universities outside the EU may charge you a fee for courses, but we will reimburse you for this provided the course has been approved. You will be informed about the cost implications as you plan your year abroad, during Year 2.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding