The MLitt in Russian Studies offers students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the inter-related fields of Russian literature, culture and history from the 19th century to the present day.
- Course type: Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)
- Course duration: One year full time
A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in Russian or a similar course of academic study with substantial course components in the area of Russian studies. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements on the official website. English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications on the original webpage.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £7,500
Applications are accepted until shortly before teaching starts in September. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- sample of academic written work (2,000 words)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- English language requirements certificate.
- letter of intent (optional).
The MLitt in Russian Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the Department of Russian in the School of Modern Languages. The programme combines guided and independent study of some of the most notable Russian writers and ideas from the 19th century to the present day.
- Students receive training in theoretical and methodological issues relevant to their area of studies.
- Small group tuition in subjects that correspond to particular teaching and research strengths at St Andrews.
- Students have the opportunity to study in depth a topic of their choice and to build on this in the form of a 15,000-word dissertation.
The taught portion of the course consists of five compulsory modules involving literary theory, research skills, and Russian literature and culture. Classes are delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and fortnightly tutorials, with class sizes ranging from individual one-to-one teaching up to 20 students. Modules are assessed through coursework; there are no final exams for this programme.
You will spend the summer months focusing on researching and writing a final dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue on the official website which is for the 2016–2017 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2017 entry.
- Literary and Cultural Theory 1: explores a range of literary and cultural theories through which texts of all sorts may be conceptualised, criticised and analysed.
- Literary and Cultural Theory 2: continues on from part 1 by studying a broad chronological and national range of seminal thinkers and theories.
- Research and Professional Skills: introduces students to a range of skills which are essential to advanced researchers and key to many other non-academic workplaces.
- New Approaches to the Russian Literary Canon: explores how the ‘Russian literary canon’ has been constructed over the past two hundred years.
- Specialised Research in Russian Studies: offers students the opportunity to develop their skills of literary and textual analysis through directed reading on a topic of their choice.
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2016–2017 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2017 entry.
Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on an agreed topic and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of a MLitt.
Santander Universities scholarships
The School of Modern Languages is offering two £5,000 scholarships, awarded on the basis academic merit and financial need, to those applying for an MLitt programme in Modern Languages.
Forum for Modern Languages Studies Scholarship
The School of Modern Languages is offering two £7,500 scholarships in an open competition to applicants who have been admitted to any one of the MLitt programmes offered by the School.
After the MLitt
In addition to the MLitt, the School offers a two-year residential Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree option in Russian Studies. Many of the graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews.
Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for students who have graduated during the last three years and are now starting a postgraduate programme.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council offers scholarships which cover fees and stipend at RCUK rates for students applying for research degrees in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.
PhD in Modern Languages
Modern Language postgraduates go on to careers in the academic field or in other areas, for example as cultural advisors, translators, or in the public or civil service.
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
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