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 Russian-language cultures, histories and societies through modules dedicated to literature, film, cultural history, and contemporary 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 Russia between their second and third years. Find out more about the Russian integrated year abroad.
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 School of Modern Languages was ranked top in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2021.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2020 as 92.7% of St Andrews final-year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
In the most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework (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 has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
Find out more about studying Russian at St Andrews.
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.
You can take Russian as part of a "with" Honours degree in which the majority of the course deals with the first-named 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)