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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Russian Studies

 School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Russian Studies

Research in Russian Studies covers the period from 1700 to the present day. Staff in Russian have particular research expertise in: 19th- and 20th-century social and cultural history, especially the history of Russian sciences and professions (Professor Byford); Russian and Soviet linguistics (Dr Chown); 19th- and 20th-century Russian poetry, especially Anna Akhmatova (Professor Harrington); 18th- to 20th-century Russian literature and culture, especially material culture and gender (Dr Ivleva); literary and critical theory, Bakhtin, Russian and Soviet cinema (Dr Radunović); and translation studies (Dr Tyulenev).

This is reflected in a range of undergraduate courses in Russian history, literature, language and culture, including specialist modules in Russian poetry, Russian and Soviet cinema, the cultural history of St Petersburg, and the Russian intelligentsia. Our language courses are taught at all levels by highly experienced language instructors as well as academic staff. In the first year, students have the choice of an intensive ab initio course (for those with no prior experience in the language) or an intermediate course (for students with an A-level in Russian). Students normally spend their third year abroad at different Russian universities with which we have exchange agreements. Finalists can take an additional specialist language course in Russian for Professional Communication.

The Department was placed 3rd nationally in the most recent (2019) Sunday Times Good University Guide, and 3rd in the 2020 Complete University Guide table for Russian and East European Languages.

Enquiries about degree programmes in Russian should be addressed to the Director of Russian Studies. For more information about how to apply, go to

Contact Details

Russian Studies
Durham University
Elvet Riverside
New Elvet
Durham DH1 3JT
Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2630
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 3421