Russian

As Russia continues to assert itself as a powerful political and economic force, Russian expertise has never been more vital in a range of professions.

At Bristol, you can learn Russian language from beginners' level or build on existing experience while exploring Russia’s dramatic history and complex culture.

Bristol’s Department of Russian has a strong reputation as one of the UK’s leading research institutes in the field of Russian, Slavonic and East European Languages, and offers a lively environment for studying their history, literature and societies.

Why study Russian at Bristol?

Our students consistently praise the friendly and supportive atmosphere of the Russian department at Bristol. You will have frequent contact with experienced, native-speaking teachers.

In years one and two, beginners in Russian language follow a core programme with a specialist beginner-level teacher. Those with A-level or equivalent experience are taught separately.

Our first-year programme in Russian culture will equip you with the knowledge and skills to explore aspects of Russia in more depth later. You will study key periods in Russian history alongside selected texts, images or films, and explore Russia further through its literature, history, religious culture and political ideas.

Your third year abroad could take you to places such as Moscow, St Petersburg, Krasnodar, the Urals, Siberia and Kazakhstan, with constant contact and support from members of the department.

Bristol is a very exciting place to study arts and humanities, with a thriving cultural life, several art cinemas, concert halls and theatres and a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Russian will suit you if you are an enthusiastic languages student who enjoys exploring the history and culture of other countries, but is eager to branch out beyond Western-European oriented language programmes. Russian, although constructed differently from most European languages, is both logical and poetic, and our graduates achieve a high level of fluency.

Russian studies will suit you if you are attracted to the fierce battle of philosophical and cultural ideas that pervades Russia’s extraordinary history, literature and cinema.

If you have a pragmatic eye on Russia’s critical, strategic role in the geopolitics of the coming decades, you will find that advanced fluency in Russian is a valuable skill in numerous careers.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

Teaching is conducted mainly in informal seminar groups, where tutors and students quickly get to know each other and there are regular opportunities to contribute to discussions and receive feedback.

Single Honours and post-A-level students take units on classic Russian literature, contemporary Russia through the media or beginners' Czech, which all other students may take up in year two.

You may also select options offered by the School of Modern Languages.

The Bristol department is regularly praised by external examiners for the variety of its methods of assessment, which include coursework and examination essays, commentaries and assessed presentations.

What are my career prospects?

Russian graduates possess rare skills that are greatly in demand. Recent graduates have entered careers in finance, industry, the media, publishing, law, travel, British and international civil services, teaching, translating or interpreting and academia.

You will develop skills in organisation, time management and independent learning, which are greatly valued by employers. Many of our graduates go on to careers in which their knowledge of Russian is of direct relevance.

Read more about what students from modern languages go on to do after graduation.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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