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  • Overview

    If you haven’t studied Russian before, this course will combine intensive language learning with the chance to study Russian culture, history and politics. You’ll develop spoken and written Russian skills and gain an insight into life in this vast and diverse country.

    Core modules will allow you to build your language skills and introduce you to key aspects of Russian culture, such as music, literature or the nation’s modern history. You’ll also choose optional modules to pursue your own interests, from Fyodor Dostoevsky to culture under the Soviet regime and gender identity in Russian society. You’ll even spend a year at a Russian university to gain first-hand experience.

    With an active student-led Slavonic society and much of our teaching conducted by native Russian speakers, Leeds is home to a strong community of individuals with an interest in Russian and Slavonic studies. It’s a great environment in which to explore a unique part of the world.

    Leeds has great facilities to support language students, with digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in our fully-equipped Language Centre.

    If you’re interested in translation studies, we also offer specialised computing facilities in our Electronic Resource Information Centre. Our Interpreter Training Suites also offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.

  • Course content

    Thiscourse will introduce you to Russian at beginners’ level. If you already have some knowledge of the language, you may wish to apply for the advanced course, BA Russian A.

    Your first year will introduce you to the Russian language, as well as aspects of the nation’s cultural history and literature. This will allow you to build language skills and a level of cultural awareness, which you’ll then cultivate during a year at a Russian university.

    When you come back to Leeds, you’ll have improved language skills and a fresh perspective to bring to your studies. You’ll take advanced core language modules to refine your spoken and written Russian, while you’ll also choose from a range of optional modules to explore topics such as Russian media and literature, or practical skills such as translation.

    Throughout your studies, you’ll develop critical, research and communication skills, which you’ll put into practice in your final year when you produce an independently researched dissertation.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits
    • Beginning Russian 1 20 credits
    • Beginning Russian 2 20 credits
    • Text and Context: Introduction to Russian Literature 20 credits
    • From Icons to iPods: Approaches to Russian Culture 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Introduction to Russian Folklore: Fairy Tales and Cultural Practice 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad 120 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Core Russian Language 2 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Research Placement 20 credits
    • Applied Russian Language 2 20 credits
    • Ideology and Imagination: Prose Literature in 19th Century Russia 20 credits
    • Not by Bread Alone: Everyday Culture under the Soviet Regime 20 credits
    • Postcommunist / Postmodernist Identities 20 credits
    • The Sounds of Russian 20 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Core Russian Language 3 20 credits
    • Final Year Project: Extended Essay

    Optional modules

    • Fyodor Dostoevsky: Artist and Prophet 20 credits
    • Gender Identity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia 20 credits
    • Russian (New) Media 20 credits
    • Russian Advanced Translation 20 credits
    • Imagining the Post-Soviet Realm: Popular Culture and Representation of Russia and the Newly Independent States since 1991 20 credits
    • Out of the frying pan into the fire: Russian society from perestroika to the Crimean annexation (1985-2015) 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Russian B BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    We enable you to benefit from the expertise of our tutors through different learning and teaching styles. These will include lectures, seminars and tutorials, or occasionally workshops.

    Independent study is an important element of your course. It allows you to develop your research skills, and encourages you to think critically about the material you find. The University Library runs a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of our excellent library resources.

    Assessment

    Exams and essays are the most common forms of assessment we use, but in some modules you may also be assessed on components such as group work or oral presentations. Extra classes on issues such as exam technique, public speaking and structuring essays are available throughout your time at Leeds to help you handle this.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: ABB

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.

    • BTEC

      BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      M1, M1, M1

    • International Baccalaureate

      34 points overall including 16 at Higher Level

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or B in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers, or AABBBB in Highers

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 77%


    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBC at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.

    International

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £17,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    Russian graduates have proficiency in a major world language, as well as an appreciation of the culture in which it is spoken. They are also equipped with valuable transferable skills that are highly sought by employers.

    For example, you’ll be able to research topics independently and think critically about what you find. You’ll also be able to draw your own conclusions and present them effectively, both verbally and in writing. You’ll be a strong communicator, comfortable in a team and on your year abroad you will learn to adapt to new environments and situations.

    Recent graduates have progressed into a wide range of careers as a result, working in countries such as the United States, Russia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Japan and Georgia. Employers have included Shell, GCHQ, the BBC Russian Service, the NHS, Reuters, HSBC and the Russian Chamber of Commerce.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Residence abroad

    You’ll spend your second year studying at the Institute of Russian Language and Culture at Moscow State University. It’s a fantastic opportunity to benefit from expert instruction in intensive language classes, as well as optional seminars on topics such as history, grammar and the media. Of course, you’ll also have plenty of time outside the classroom to travel and explore the real Russia.

    Read more about the Residence Abroad in Russia