Russian will be of interest to those who enjoy studying foreign languages and discovering new and exciting cultures. Russian language and culture have become extremely relevant in the post-Communist world and many contacts are flourishing between Russia and Western Europe.
You will immerse yourself in the Russian language and culture, most significantly through a year spent abroad. Your studies will go far beyond the language and into the film, literature, history and culture of Russia.
To enter Russian in first year you should be able to demonstrate some flair for language learning. Preferably, you should already have studied another European language. The pace of study is rapid and this allows you to achieve a high level of competence within one year.
Initially you will develop your communicative skills of speaking, writing, reading and understanding the spoken word. You will learn how the language works as a grammatical system, and be introduced to simple examples of literary and other types of text.
You will also study two other subjects of your choice in year 1: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
The following year involves a more formal study of selected texts and develops communicative skills and knowledge of the Russian linguistic system.
You will also study two other subjects in year 2: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
It is essential that you spend your third year abroad to gain admittance to Honours. If you are taking Russian as a Joint Honours subject with another language, you may opt to spend your third year either in Russia or in a country where the other language is spoken. If you do the latter, you will spend the spring term of your fourth year in Russia.
Years 4 and 5
If you successfully complete the Russian courses in first and second years, you may progress to Honours Russian. Russian may only be taken as a Joint Honours Degree, meaning that you will also study another subject from a wide range.
At Honours level we place a strong emphasis on achieving a high degree of competence in the language. You will study literature, history and culture in depth, and can choose from a wide range of options to reflect your own interests.
Excellent audio-visual and IT facilities are available to support both the language and the wider cultural aspects of the programme, and emphasis in teaching is given to the development of both oral and written skills.
At all levels, elements of tuition are given by native speakers of Russian.
You will spend a year abroad before beginning Honours Russian, usually enrolled at a university. The University will help to arrange this.
Graduates with qualifications in modern languages and cultures have gone on to pursue rewarding careers in business and commerce, marketing, media, teaching, translating and interpreting, and the civil service. Russian is one of six languages in use by the United Nations, and Russia’s economic and diplomatic links with the UK and Europe mean excellent opportunities are being created both in the UK and abroad.
No prior knowledge of Russian is required.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAA or AAABB (including English and a humanities subject or a language (including Gaelic) at grades A/B or B/A) in first sitting = unconditional offer.
Applicants who achieved AAAB or AABBB (including English and a humanities subject or a language (including Gaelic) at grades A/B or B/A) at their first sitting WILL receive an offer from the University. This offer may be conditional (on second sitting results) or unconditional, depending on how many applications are received from students who have attained these grades.
Additional offers, either conditional or unconditional, MAY be made to applicants who achieved AABB or ABBB at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
IB: A minimum of 34 points is required to be considered for an offer. Actual offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.
We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.
For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see: