BA Russian (R700)

2016 entry

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UCAS code R700
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Part-time study 6-7 year(s) part-time
Six or seven years with daytime, weekday teaching plus a period of residence abroad
Number of applications for 2014/15 1076
Number of places for 2016/17 256

About BA Russian

The Bristol Single Honours Russian degree allows you to immerse yourself in Russian language and culture.

You will study key periods in Russian history alongside texts and films that reflect each period. By the end of year two, you will be well prepared to make the most of your year abroad.

In the third year, Single Honours students spend about nine months in a Russian-speaking environment. There is a wonderful range of placements available, either to study Russian at a university, teach English, or work in, for example, a multinational company, charity or non-governmental organisation.

In the final year, you will concentrate on perfecting your Russian and exploring aspects of Russian literature, history and culture in more detail.

At every stage, the teaching of intellectual and cultural history is informed by the ground-breaking research of Bristol’s academic staff with whom you will be in regular contact.

More about Russian

Find out more about studying Russian at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Russian Language
  • Introduction to Russian History and Culture
  • Introduction to the Russian Novel
  • One of:
    • Contemporary Russia through the Media (Russian A-level entrants)
    • Extra language (beginners)
    • Beginners Czech (Russian A-level entrants)
  • Up to two open units

Second year

  • Russian Language
  • Five optional units, for example:
    • The New Soviet Man and his ‘Others’: Politics and Identity in Soviet Russia, 1917-1945
    • Orthodox Culture
    • The Nineteenth-century Russian Novel – ‘Hedgehogs and Foxes’
    • Czech

Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year

  • Russian Language
  • Five optional units, for example:
    • Russian Thought on the Eve of the Revolution
    • The Cold War at Home: Soviet Culture and Society 1945-1991
    • Gender in Twentieth- and Twenty-first-century Russia
    • Post-Soviet Russian Prose Fiction
    • Dostoevsky
Further details about the course structure for Russian

Typical offer for BA Russian

(including international A-levels)
ABB including a modern language*
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
BBB including a modern language*
IB Diploma 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 in a modern language at Higher Level*
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
31 overall to include 15 points at Higher Level with 5 in a modern language at Higher Level*
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit*. Distinctions may be required in certain units.
BTEC DDM. Applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning.*
SQASH: AABBB and AH: AB including a modern language*
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB77% overall with 8 in a modern language*
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:no specific subjects required.
Academic qualifications*Russian can be studied from beginner level, but all applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with a modern language A-level at grade B or above (or equivalent).

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Fees and funding

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International students

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Key information about this course

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  • 12 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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