Russian MA (Hons) 2021 entry
The MA (Hons) in Russian teaches you to use Russian with sound grammatical accuracy and a high level of oral aptitude. In addition to language teaching, you will gain a deeper and more diverse understanding and appreciation of different aspects of Russian culture through modules dedicated to literature, film, cultural history, and contemporary Russian society.
Russian at St Andrews uses a specially designed language teaching programme that caters both for students who have already studied Russian as a main subject at school and for absolute beginners. Upon completing the degree, you will have an excellent command of the Russian language and be familiar with the Russian-speaking world.
During your degree, you have the opportunity to spend time studying abroad in Russia. Time in Russia is not compulsory, but is strongly recommended as the best way to master the language and to better know the country. On a four-year degree, students can spend one semester in one of a variety of locations in Russia. The MA (Hons) in Russian is also available as a five-year course with an integrated year abroad when students spend time studying in Russian between their second and third years. Find out more about the Russian integrated year abroad.
More information for 2021 entry will be available in September 2020. For information on the current year of entry for this course, see the 2020 page.
Master of Arts (single Honours degree)
Four years full time
- Start date: September 2021
- End date: June 2025
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- Standard entry grades: AAAB
- Minimum entry grades: AABB
- Gateway entry grades: BBBB
- Standard entry grades: AAB
- Minimum entry grades: ABB
- Standard entry grades: 36 (HL 6,6,5)
- Minimum entry grades: 36 (HL 6,5,5)
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes, please see our entry requirements for more information.
For degrees combining more than one subject, the subject with the higher entry requirements determines the grades you need. You will also need to meet any further subject specific entrance requirements as outlined on their pages.
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.How to apply
Do I need to have studied this subject before?
No prior knowledge of Russian is necessary. Modules are not designed for native speakers.
General entry requirements
All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.
More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.
St Andrews students must meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.
The School of Modern Languages has a long-standing reputation for innovative research in an exceptionally broad variety of interests including world literature, cinema, cultural history and theory, gender and identity studies.
The Russian Department includes a BBC New Generation Thinker (2016-17) and its lecturers frequently appear on BBC Radio to discuss their research.
The School of Modern Languages was ranked top in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2020.
In the 2014 REF, the School of Modern Languages was ranked first in Scotland on the quality of publications, with over 70% of research work rated as world-leading and internationally excellent.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2019 as 95% of St Andrews final year students were satisfied with the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take Russian as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the following subjects.
Modern language degrees
You can also take Russian as part of a Modern Languages joint Honours degree with two modern languages and one additional subject.
“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.”
Thomas (Aberdeenshire, Scotland)