What degree programmes can I follow?

PetrozavodskStudying with us allows you to follow courses not only in Russian but also Polish and Czech (in combination with Russian or with other languages).

Studying Russian at Sheffield

You can learn Russian in a number of ways. Through the Single Honours course you will become a skilled Russian speaker while developing expertise in fields such as Russian history, literature, film, linguistics and visual culture.

Alternatively, you may want to study Russian alongside another subject. This lets you develop linguistic and cultural knowledge while learning an entirely new skill set. You can combine your Russian study with another language offered in the school, with the chance to pick up a new language - such as Czech, Polish, Dutch or Portuguese - from scratch. You can also combine Russian with a non-language subject, such as business management or philosophy.

You also have the option of taking Russian as part of the BA in Modern Languages. This is an intensively language-focused programme which will give you fluency in Russian along with two other languages of your choice.

Finally, you may also want to consider the Combined Honours - Triple. This course allows you to study Russian (or Polish/Czech) alongside two different subjects of your choice. You can pick from a wide range of language and non-language subjects to give you a varied and rich learning experience.

Learn more about Polish Studies

Learn more about Czech Studies

FAQ: Are Russian/Czech/Polish courses more difficult than other subjects?

Some students find the idea of studying Russian, Czech or Polish a little scary. There's little opportunity to learn these languages at school. And what about the Russian alphabet?

Slavonic languages are different! It takes that bit longer and a little more work to become proficient, but the rewards are great and support is always there for you. Don’t be put off by the Russian alphabet: our students are always surprised to find they've got it in a matter of days.

Entry requirements

For all information about entry requirements, including our typical offer for single and dual honours courses, required subjects and the number of A levels required, please consult our online prospectus.

  • Interview required in special cases (e.g. mature students)
  • Equivalent qualifications are welcomed
  • Mature students are welcomed

'And' and 'with' degrees

Be aware of the difference between 'and' and 'with' degrees.

* 'And' degrees - for example Russian and French - usually involve a 50/50 split between the two subjects. However, many of our 'and' degrees can now be studied as a flexible dual, allowing you to study more credits in either one of your subjects, you simply decide when you select your modules.

* 'With' degrees allow you to choose a ‘Major’ and ‘Minor’ focus - for example Russian with Czech. The first subject (Russian) is the major part of your degree and the second subject (Czech) the minor. Each degree is different, but as a rough guide the major subject forms around 70% of your course and the minor 30%.

More information about Dual Honours

Different levels of Russian

You can begin Russian at either post-A Level standard or start entirely from scratch. The groups follow different routes for the first two years of study.

Students with Russian A Level

Your A Level skills will be put to use in grammar, comprehension and conversation classes. You will discuss everyday topics, read Russian texts and learn about Russian customs, culture and history.


Level 1 gives you a solid grounding in the language, allowing you to read, write and converse in simple Russian. At Level 2 you will enhance your language skills ahead of your year abroad.


More information: for detailed information about the different degrees listed on this page please consult the courses for Russian and Slavonic Studies in the online prospectus.

Single/Dual/Triple Honours Courses

Single Honours

Russian Studies

Dual Honours

Archaeology and Slavonic Studies*
Business Management and Russian
Economics and Russian
English and Russian*
French and Russian*
German and Russian*
Hispanic Studies and Russian*
History and Russian*
Linguistics and Russian*
Music and Russian*
Philosophy and Russian*
Politics and Russian

* These are flexible dual programmes

Triple Honours

Combined Honours - Triple

Major/Minor Courses

BA Modern Languages


Russian with Czech
Russian with Polish
Russian with Japanese

Chinese Studies with Russian
Japanese Studies with Russian


French with Czech
German with Czech
Hispanic Studies with Czech


French with Polish
German with Polish
Hispanic Studies with Polish