Russian, Master's, 2 years

  • Years2 Years
  • Intake5
  • ECTS credits120

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Objectives and content

The study programme aims to deepen knowledge and develop skills which students have from earlier Russian study programmes in language, literature and culture, and provides a deeper knowledge of the field of focus in the student-chosen master thesis.

The programme will increase theoretical knowledge, the ability to reflect critically, and will provide a foundation in academic practice, which will enable students to present, discuss and debate academic issues, both orally (at master¿s seminars, under supervision, and during presentations of the thesis) and written (in the thesis and other written exercises) in Norwegian and in Russian (and English if required). In addition, the master¿s programme in Russian will expand and strengthen written and oral linguistic competence.

The programme raises key issues in the fields of Russian language, literature, and culture.


Autumn. It may be possible to admit students in the spring semester. Contact the student advisor with any questions about admission (studieveileder@if.uib.no).

What you Learn

Required Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, the candidate should have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined by knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The candidate has:

  • A good insight into the internal and external history of Russian, into Russian language structure, as well as deeper knowledge of individual topics in Russian linguistics, such as sociolinguistics, dialectology or corpus linguistics
  • Advanced knowledge of the composition of academic texts, in Russian as well as Norwegian, including structure, analysis, argumentation, style and terminology
  • Solid knowledge of Russian language, culture, and society, and deepened insight into certain issues, themes and periods within either Russian language, culture, or society, depending on the discipline and topic that has been selected for RUS303
  • Solid knowledge of the topic for the elective course
  • In-depth knowledge of the topic area of the chosen master¿s thesis within Russian language, literature or culture, or in a field which overlaps between these disciplines


The candidate can:

  • Work critically and independently with problem solving, based on acquired specialist knowledge within Russian language, literature and culture and use theories and methods that have been included in the syllabus and teaching and/or have been used in homework assignments and the master¿s thesis
  • Understand and use a wide range of general terminology (including philological terminology) in Russian, both oral and written
  • Familiarise themselves with, and translate, relatively advanced Russian language texts within various genres and specialist areas, with an emphasis on philology
  • Prepare and give oral presentations, participate in academic discussions in both Russian and Norwegian, and participate in wider public debate when relevant
  • Use their broad knowledge of Russian culture and society, their in-depth knowledge of Russian language and literature, and their practical skills in the Russian language and academic writing for problem solving, communication, and further research in this and similar subject areas

General competence

The candidate:

  • Can effectively search for sources, obtain material in a constructive and ethically justifiable way and use the necessary IT tools to carry out independent work within the subject area
  • Has a critical, reflective, and analytical attitude to sources such as scholarly publications, collected research materials, dissemination platforms, as well as to theories, interpretations and methods within the academic area
  • Can prepare and carry out academic presentations, orally and in writing, and with both short- and long-term perspectives and carry out independent research work with notes, references and bibliographies under supervision
  • Has a good degree of competence in translation between Russian and Norwegian/English and knowledge of the central strategies and choices taken in this work
  • Has solid competence in long-term development and project work and can independently proceed with their own competence development and specialisation

Study Period Abroad

Study period abroad

Students are strongly encouraged to take part of the programme as an exchange student in another country, with arrangements being made to facilitate this.

Recommended exchange locations can be found on the website of the study programme.

You can also choose a location from UiB¿s partnerships with study cities all over the world. All information about exchanges can be found at www.uib.no/utveksling

Programme structure

Masterprogram i russisk (krav 120 SP)
Masterprogram i russisk - kursdel (krav 60 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
RUS301The Russian Language - History and Structure151–61
RUS302Text and Written Russian151–61
RUS303Topics in Russian Language, Literature og Cultural Studies151–62
Minimum 15 credits
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
ALLV201Special Study in Comparative Literature I151–62
LING313Methods for Master's Students in Language and Linguistics 151–62
RUS306Special Course151–62
RUS307Special Course51–62
Masterprogram i russisk - veiledningskontrakt
Mandatory course
Thesis Contract for Russian
Masterprogram i russisk - oppgavedel (krav 60 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
RUS350Master's Thesis in Russian Studies601–43
SP = ECTS credits, S = Semester, R = Recommended semester
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