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MA Russian Studies and Classics

Catalog id : RQ78v
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG

0 Months
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 Tuition fee

16700 GBP
9000 GBP
1820 GBP

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International 20 GBP
National 20 GBP
Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
SAT (avg)1290
ACT (avg)27

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About this course

Russia is the world’s largest country and has the fifth most used language in the world. After a period of political, social and economic transformation, Russia is playing an increasingly bigger role in international politics. Russian Studies at Edinburgh will give you a solid understanding of the Russian language and culture. You will study Russian literature, art, music and film and the country’s political history. You will also have the opportunity to study in Russia to improve your language skills and experience Russian culture first hand.

Classics is the study of the languages and literatures of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Ancient Greek is the language in which many of the basic concepts underlying Western society to this day found expression for the first time; Latin was the language of the most powerful and durable empire of the classical world and remained the principal language of scholarship, record and much literature for more than a thousand years thereafter. In these two languages highly influential literary works of great intrinsic quality and interest were composed; and the fusion of Greek and Roman culture produced a heritage which is fundamental to later Western civilisation. The study of Classics is not only a valuable pursuit in itself but also informs our views of the world in which we live. The MA in Classics combines both linguistic and philological work as well as the study of two civilisations that utilised what we call the classical languages in a wide range of different contexts (e.g. political, religious, philosophical, etc.) and in different societal niches, i.e. by individuals from different social levels, emphasising the need to appreciate social status and equality in the context of personal and other diversity. To acquire a sound grammatical understanding of both ancient Greek and Latin, a good knowledge of the vocabulary and the different uses of both languages by different authors, and an appreciation of the rapport between the different ancient societies that used these languages as well as these societies’ relationship to their languages and literatures are, thus, the central aims of this programme.

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Eligibility Criteria

Typical offer
The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6. A language other than English preferred. National 5: A language other than English at Grade B (if not at Higher), English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB preferably including a language other than English. GCSEs: A language other than English at Grade B (if not at A Level), English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects preferably including a language other than English. SL: A language other than English at 5 (if not at HL), English at 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

English language tests:

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section *Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components


For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

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Course Modules

Year 1
If you have no previous knowledge of Russian you will study Russian Studies 1A. If you have studied the language before, you will take Russian Studies 1B. Both of these courses include a unit on Russian culture. After completing your first year of studies you have the opportunity to spend a month either at the Nevsky Institute of Language and Culture in St Petersburg or at Liden and Denz Russian Language Centre in St Petersburg, Moscow or Riga

Year 2
You will continue to study Russian language and will take a full-year course that studies 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature. You will also have the opportunity to take courses on European cinema, theatre and medieval culture.

Year 3
You will spend your third year in a Russian-speaking country studying at a university or on a work experience placement. In addition to our direct links with universities in Moscow, St Petersburg and Perm, you will have the opportunity to go to Russia, via Russian Language Undergraduate Studies (RLUS), or study at Liden and Denz Russian Language Centre in St Petersburg, Moscow or Riga.

Year 4
In your final year you will take Russian language classes – in prose and writing in style, translation and text analysis, and oral. You will also take one or more option courses, specialising in Russian literature, Russian language and society, Russian media and the internet, Russian politics and Russian architecture. Depending upon your programme, you may also have the opportunity to write a long essay in Russian or to complete a dissertation in Russian, developing your independent research and Russian writing skills.

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How to Apply

  • All applications to the University for full-time study must be made online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
  • You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, your personal statement and your reference.
  • To ensure your application is considered you should apply by the relevant deadline, 15 January 2017.

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