What will I learn?

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

Which department am I in?

Department of Modern Languages

Study options

Full time with time abroad (4 Years)

Tuition fees
Information not available

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Start date

19 September 2022

Venue

Main Site

Academic and Student Division,

Birmingham,

B15 2TT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To include A level Latin at grade B, or GCSE Latin, Greek, or a Modern Language at grade 7.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Birmingham

The university is known globally for its pioneering research – students benefit from trailblazing discoveries that impact international society.

  • One of the world’s top research-intensive universities
  • Based in Europe’s youngest city
  • 5 colleges offering hundreds of study options
  • Plenty of dedicated international student support