University of St Andrews

Russian MA (Hons)

University of St Andrews
In St Andrews

£9,250
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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location St andrews (Scotland)
Duration 4 Years
  • Bachelor's degree
  • St andrews (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    4 Years
Description

The MA (Hons) in Russian teaches you to use Russian with sound grammatical accuracy and a high level of oral aptitude. In addition to language teaching, you will also be given a deeper and more diverse understanding and appreciation of different aspects of Russian culture through modules dedicated to literature, history and Russian society.

Russian at St Andrews uses a specially designed language teaching programme that caters both for students who have already studied Russian as a main subject at school and for absolute beginners. Upon completing the degree, you will have an excellent command of the Russian language and have gained an invaluable understanding and appreciation of the Russian-speaking world.

During your degree, you have the opportunity to spend time studying abroad in Russia. Time in Russia is not compulsory, but is strongly recommended as the best way to master the language and to better know the country. On a four-year degree, students can spend one semester in one of a variety of locations in Russia. The MA (Hons) in Russian is also available as a five-year course with an integrated year abroad when students spend time studying in Russian between their second and third years. Find out more about the Russian integrated year abroad.

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Location

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St Andrews (Fife)
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University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ

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To take into account

· What are the objectives of this course?

Graduates in Modern Languages from St Andrews can expect to have not only a high level of competency in language skills, but a highly developed appreciation for other cultures and peoples. Other transferable skills, including analysis, synthesis and communication skills will prepare you for a career in almost any industry.

· Requirements

SQA Highers AAAB GCE A-Levels AAB IB points 36 International applicants If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

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What you'll learn on the course

Russian Language
Teaching
English
Syntax
Appreciation
Grammar
School
Cultural
historical
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Course programme

First year

Two different types of module are offered in first year: intensive foundation courses for beginners, and advanced language and literature courses for those with higher entrance qualifications. For all modules, speaking in Russian is practised in small groups with a native speaker.

Students who are beginners are required to take the following compulsory modules in their first year:
  • Elementary Russian Language 1: provides the most basic elements of Russian – the alphabet, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation.
  • Elementary Russian Language 2: provides training in Russian grammar sufficient for reading Russian texts (books, newspapers, etc) with the aid of a dictionary.
Students who have an SQA Higher or GCE A-level in Russian will take the following compulsory modules in first year:
  • Advanced Elementary Russian Language and Literature 1: reinforces and builds on the knowledge of grammar and vocabulary acquired at school, and studies texts in Russian.
  • Advanced Elementary Russian Language and Literature 2: covers elements of grammar, translation, text analysis, study of literature, and includes oral tuition classes with a native language instructor.
Second Year

The distinction between beginners and non-beginners is maintained in year two, with separate sets of modules depending on your previous experience. For all modules, speaking in Russian is practised in small groups with a native speaker.

Students who are ex-beginners are required to take the following compulsory modules in their second year:
  • Intermediate Russian Language 1: reinforces Russian grammar and syntax. Students will translate passages between Russian and English which engage with key historical and cultural events.
  • Intermediate Russian Language 2: continues to build on the grammar and syntax taught in Intermediate Russian 1, and develops comprehension skills in response to contemporary audio-visual and online material.
Students who have an SQA Higher or GCE A-level in Russian will take the following compulsory modules in second year:
  • Advanced Intermediate Russian Language 1: reinforces Russian grammar and syntax at a higher level. Students will translate passages between Russian and English which engage with key historical and cultural events.
  • Advanced Intermediate Russian Language 2: continues to build on the advanced grammar and syntax taught in Advanced Intermediate Russian 1. Spoken Russian is improved through small-group oral tuition classes with a native language instructor.
Honours

If you take Russian at St Andrews in your third and fourth years, you will choose from a variety of advanced options which incorporate literary, historical and cultural studies into language learning.

Students of all language levels take the same core modules in Russian language, including advanced oral, writing and communication skills.

Optional specialist modules that have been offered in previous years include (but are not limited to):
  • The 19th-Century Russian Novel
  • The City in Soviet and Russian Cinema
  • Gender in Russian Literature and Culture
  • Issues in Russian Cultural Memory
  • Russia’s Literary Easts
  • Russian Children’s Literature
  • Russian Crime Fiction
  • Russian Modernist Fiction: 1900-1940
  • Soviet Culture Under Stalin
  • Voices of the Russian Enlightenment.
In fourth year, students have the option of undertaking a dissertation of up to 5,000 words in length, written in English, on a topic of their choice. This independent project enables you to develop key research skills which are desired by both prospective employers and by graduate schools offering postgraduate degrees.

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Overseas£22,350

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