Russian Studies

Russian Studies at Birmingham offers a vibrant and supportive atmosphere to students.

Red Square - Moscow

With a small core of dedicated and experienced teaching and research staff, we provide a cosy and collegiate environment where all students get plenty of one-to-one attention.

All students are in close contact with academic personal tutors and are given intensive language tuition. We pride ourselves on producing some of the best all-round fluent graduates in Russian in the UK. Non-language teaching benefits from the contribution of a wide-range of modules by our partners in the Centre for Russian and East European Studies. Students can study Russian literature, culture, society, history, politics and international relations.

Russian in Modern Languages has close research links with the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES). Together with our colleagues in CREES we conduct a wide-range of funded research , from Russian modernist and postmodernist literature, genre studies, the role of new media - such as social media internet and blogging in Russia and beyond, to ethnographic work on identity, class and consumption after socialism.

Over 75% of research in the Department of Modern Languages has been judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This is the result of the national Research Excellence Framework exercise, which assessed research publications and the public impact of research carried out in all universities in the UK 2008-2014.