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Russian Studies and International Relations (4 years) BA (Hons)

University of Birmingham

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    19-SEP-22

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Birmingham’s fusion of language and culture places employability at its heart, preparing you to live and work as an engaged citizen of the world.

Learning Russian from beginner or advanced level alongside International Relations is highly complementary and an exciting way to contextualise your knowledge in each discipline. Russia is an important player on the global scene, having undergone fascinating changes. Western businesses are spending billions investing in Russia and other former Soviet markets, and need employees who can both speak the language and understand the history, politics and culture of the region.

At Birmingham, language is taught through the lens of the target culture's literature, history, politics and society, and through total immersion on the Year Abroad. In addition, our highly regarded Department of Political Science and International Studies has long-established strengths in the discipline of International Relations. As well as benefiting from world-leading expertise, you have the opportunity to enrich your studies with activities such as student conferences, the Research Assistance Scheme (where students are paired with staff to assist in specific research tasks), real-case exercises and research visits to local and national places of interest.

Why Study this Course?

  • Outstanding employability - Over 90% of our graduates enter work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017).
  • Excellent development opportunities - By choosing Modern Languages, you are entering an excellent field with almost limitless opportunities and benefits. The curriculum also has an increased focus on professional development in areas such as; presenting, CV-building, debating, and developing digital projects in the target language. In addition, the Department’s ‘Modern Languages Professionals Week’ in the first year features workshops and talks from former students who are using their languages for a 21st century global workplace in business, the not-for-profit sector, the arts, translation and interpreting, and education.

Employability

Russian and International Relations graduates have a range of knowledge and skills that are valued by graduate employers:

  • Strong communication skills in English and Russian
  • A deep understanding and appreciation of other cultures
  • Critical thinking skills, alongside the ability to research, analyse and interpret information
  • Independence and experience of living abroad
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Handling complex information
  • The ability to form concise and articulate arguments
  • Managing your time and prioritising your workload

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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19,740per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : AAB

No A level in Russian is required but evidence of language learning ability is essential, such as a grade B in a Modern Language at GCSE.

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University information

University of Birmingham

  • University League Table

    19th

  • Campus address

    University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, England

The University of Birmingham is a founding member of the elite Russell Group of UK universities.
Based in the second largest city in the UK, Birmingham offers an outstanding international student experience.
The university has a vibrant international student community and is home to over 10,000 international students from approximately 150 countries.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    25th out of 86

    9th out of 17 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    145 70%

    23rd

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75.0 75%

    15th

    4
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.80 76%

    70th

    2
  • Entry standards

    / Max 226
    146 77%

    11th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75.0 75%

    7th

    5
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.16 83%

    4th

    3

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