Russian at Queen Mary

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Studying Russian at Queen Mary University of London means more than just learning a language.  You will also explore Russia’s culture, society, and history with top specialists in those subjects as well as reading Russian literature, watching Russian films, and writing analytical essays about them.

We admit students with an A level in Russian or equivalent, as well as students without (or with very little) Russian, but with an A level in another foreign language. We also have a pathway for heritage speakers. Students normally pursue a four-year degree, with the third year spent abroad in Russia or a Russian-speaking environment. Heritage speakers of Russian may be exempted from the year abroad, but otherwise the year abroad is an essential component of our degree as it affords a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and hone your language skills, an experience which is highly regarded in the professional world. Our department is ranked fourth in the country in the 2016 Complete University Guide.

Studying with us, you will have many opportunities to enrich your language skills by making the most of the Russian related films, plays, exhibitions and talks which take place in London. The Department also hosts academic visitors from Russia who provide enrichment classes taught in Russian, holds film screenings and music events, as well as a series of talks.  Our students also deliver the annual student play in Russian, which is a great opportunity to practice Russian as well as make friendships across the Department.

Our research has consistently been rated as outstanding, with books by members of the Department winning prizes from Russian and Slavic organisations in the USA and UK, advising on films, such as Night Will Fall, speaking at numerous galleries and Museums, including Calvert 22, Photographers' Gallery and the Imperial War Museum. We conduct research on Russian literature and culture from the 18th to the 21st centuries, on Soviet and Russian cinema, as well as literary and cultural theory.


"The positive and friendly attitude of the teachers, admin staff and students - it makes for a great working environment. The Russian course in particular is fantastically administered, a really great learning experience such as I have never had before - my Russian has come along in leaps and bounds in only two years".

(Timothy Ignatiev, Russian with Business Management BA)