Russian & Slavonic Studies

Russian, spoken by more than 250 million people worldwide from the northern tundra to the Black Sea beaches, is an international language of culture and commerce.

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg

Studying Russian is :
- The key to understanding the current conflict.
- A route into other Slavonic languages, like Czech and Ukrainian.
- A way of supporting the revival of a democratic society in Russia.
- An aid in understanding the multilingual, multicultural patchwork that is the former USSR.

Find out more about Russian at Sheffield

Undergraduate degree combinations

BA Modern Languages & Cultures

On the BA Modern Languages & Cultures you can study:

  • Russian language & culture only
  • Russian language & culture with one other language & culture
  • Russian language & culture with two other languages & cultures

Choose from these languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Catalan
  • Dutch
  • Luxembourgish* (from second year only)
  • Czech
  • Italian
Dual Honours (with a non-language subject)

As a Dual Honours degree

  • Russian language & culture with a non-language subject
  • Russian languages & culture, a second language & culture, and a non-language subject

Combine your study of Russian language & culture with one of the following:

  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics

Dual honours degrees

Guided Module Choice

If you have some experience of modern language learning, you may be able to take Russian language & culture modules either as part of your degree (guided modules) or alongside your degree (not-for-credit modules).

Fast facts

Award: Bachelor of Arts

Duration: 4 years

Entry: ABB at A Level. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications. See individual degree programmes for more detailed information.

Course structure

At Sheffield, you can start studying Russian from scratch at three different levels. If you're not sure which language course is right for you, do get in touch with us, and we'll be happy to advise you.

The Intensive Beginners' course assumes no knowledge of the language, but with 5 hours of small-group classes per week, all taught by native speakers, you'll make rapid progress towards Common European Framework Level A2.  

The Intermediate course allows you to build on GCSE Russian (or equivalent) to achieve at least Common European Framework Level B1 by the end of the year. 3 hours of small-group classes each week, all taught by native speakers, will give you a solid grounding for further study.

If you have A-level Russian (or equivalent), the Advanced course provides the ideal starting point. 3 hours of specialized native-speaker instruction per week will take you to Common European Framework Level B2.

Whichever language course you take in your first year, you'll also have a weekly 1½-hour seminar to introduce you to key aspects of Russian culture. In this way, you'll be ready for the challenges of Year 2 and beyond.

You will study 40 credits in language and culture at either beginner or post A-level*.

Beginner's Russian

Title Credits Core/Optional
Russian Intensive 20 Core

Russian and Czech Cultures in the Age of Empire and beyond

This module gives an overview of Russian and Czech cultures with a focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It will critically examine the concepts of statehood, empire, nationalism, totalitarianism and democracy by studying the two nations' different experiences through visual sources, literature and language usage. It thus introduces students to topics dealt with in greater depth in optional modules at Levels 2 and 3, and helps them to learn how to analyse cultural artefacts and sources of different kinds.

20 Core (if you are studying one or two languages and cultures)
Optional (if you are studying three languages and cultures)

Post A-Level Russian

Title Credits Core/Optional
Russian Language Post A-Level 20 Core

Russian and Czech Cultures in the Age of Empire and beyond

This module gives an overview of Russian and Czech cultures with a focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It will critically examine the concepts of statehood, empire, nationalism, totalitarianism and democracy by studying the two nations' different experiences through visual sources, literature and language usage. It thus introduces students to topics dealt with in greater depth in optional modules at Levels 2 and 3, and helps them to learn how to analyse cultural artefacts and sources of different kinds.

20 Core (if you are studying one or two languages and cultures)
Optional (if you are studying three languages and cultures)

You may also choose from the following:

Title

Credits

Core/Optional

The Soviet Union 1917-1991

An overview of the history of the Soviet Union showing the huge changes the region underwent during the 20th century. The module examines the ideological nature of all historical accounts of the period, especially produced during the Cold War, and encourage a critical engagement with original source materials. The module is taught in English.

20 Optional

Comparative Visual Cultures

This is a school-wide module taught by specialists from across the school who have research interests in visual culture. It introduces students to some of the main movements in European cinema and art, and includes a strong Russian and East European element. The module includes seminars and film viewings.

20 Optional

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 7 September 2022


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