Learn the mother tongue of over 150 million people and access Russia’s politics, history, art and culture. As Russia plays an increasingly influential role on the world stage, knowledge of this language has never been more important to governments and businesses.

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 have always had a deep interest in Russian history and culture. I applied as a Single Honours History student, but picked up Russian and have never looked back! The Russian Department is small, so it has a friendly and relaxed feel. We can speak to tutors about anything and they are always happy to help. Having the opportunity to study in Russia for a year was the best experience of my life.”

- Aberdeenshire, Scotland


First in Scotland for modern languages

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First in Scotland for Russian and East European languages

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