Russian and Philosophy BA

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  • Duration: 4 years full-time 
  • Award: BA

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We are still accepting applications for 2018 entry

A degree in Russian and Philosophy enables you to develop your understanding of Russian language, culture, and society while learning about philosophical issues that have challenged thinkers for centuries.

On this course you'll either take beginners or post A-level Russian route. You'll gain a thorough grounding in all aspects of the spoken and written language, complemented by modules in cultural and social history. Our optional modules cover literature, East European cinema, art and visual culture, linguistics, and other Slavonic languages (Czech and Polish). You will spend your third year in Russia. Find out more about the Russian side of the course, including Russian modules.

The Philosophy department offers an exciting range of modules taught by researchers who are experts in their field. You can develop your understanding of the key areas of philosophy, such as ethics, aesthetics, political philosophy, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, and logic. We also offer modules on major figures in the history of philosophy, from Plato and Aristotle to Kant and Hegel, among others.

The Philosophy side of the degree is highly flexible, with no required modules. Dual students have exactly the same choice of modules as single honours Philosophy students. Philosophy modules

More information

More information on Russian and Philosophy BA is available on the University 2018 prospectus. Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab: University 2018 prospectus.

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Entry requirements

Our typical entry requirements are:

  • A Levels: ABB typically including a modern foreign language*
  • International Baccalaureate: 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language*
  • Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher: AABBB+B typically including a modern foreign language*

We can also accept other qualifications:   Other entry requirements for Russian and Philosophy BA 

Other requirements:

  • Applicants with prior knowledge of or a previous qualification in Russian are welcome to apply, the course will be tailored to meet your needs
  • *If you are not studying a modern foreign language, the department will consider other evidence of aptitude for language learning (such as a languages GCSE or, for non-native speakers of English, an English language qualification).

English language requirements

International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

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Disability and Support

We welcome applications from disabled students and students with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.

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