Taught course

Russian Studies

University of St Andrews · School of Modern Languages

Entry requirements

A good degree with Honours in a relevant discipline of the Arts and Humanities from a UK university or its equivalent; Russian language proficiency at C1 level on the European Framework or equivalent; English language proficiency with a minimum of 7.0 in IELTS or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Russian Studies offers students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the inter-related fields of Russian literature, culture and history from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Course highlights

  • Students receive training in traditional and new research techniques and have the opportunity to broaden their language portfolios.
  • Small class sizes of no more than 20 students provide a close-knit postgraduate community and friendly environment.
  • Teaching is geared towards encouraging and directing independent research.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Russian Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the Department of Russian in the School of Modern Languages. The programme combines guided and independent study of some of the most notable Russian writers and ideas from the nineteenth century to the present day.

The taught portion of the course consists of five compulsory modules involving literary theory, research skills, and Russian literature and culture. Classes are delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and fortnightly tutorials, with class sizes ranging from individual one-to-one teaching up to 20 students. Modules are assessed through coursework; there are no final exams for this programme.

You will spend the summer months focusing on researching and writing a final dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. Other qualifications are accepted: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/entry/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Dissertation40 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 463670