Learn the language of over 300 million people and one of the 6 official languages of the UN. Knowledge of this language and its diverse histories and cultures is becoming ever more important for international relations today.

In addition to gaining a high level of grammatical and oral aptitude, you will also be able to delve into topics focusing on Russia’s literature, film, cultural history and contemporary society.

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Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

The School of Modern Languages offers PhD, MPhil, and MSt (Res) research programmes. Research interests in the School cover many aspects of language studies, including:

  • literature
  • linguistics
  • cinema
  • history
  • gender
  • identity studies. 

To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.

“I am really interested in studying Russian history, culture and literature, and I really enjoy being taught by people who are so passionate about what they do and so encouraging and lovely. Moreover, the department encourage and support you in finding your own areas of research interest and pursuing those.”

- Edinburgh, Scotland