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BA Music and Russian (WR37)

Course overview

BA Music and Russian (WR37)

Typical offer

A-level standard offer: AAB

A-level contextual offer: BBB

See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.

Course duration

4 year(s) full-time

Part-time study is not available for this course

Application method

Full-time: UCAS


£9,250 per year, home students

£27,200 per year, international students

Fees quoted are for 2023 entry only. Fees for 2024 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2023.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.


Clifton campus, Placements

This degree combines Music with the study of Russian language, literature and culture. Russian is a language of strategic importance spoken by people across several countries and large diasporic communities, including in the UK. The course offers an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges and a range of options that will allow you to pursue your own interests.

Music offers a broad range of units in musicology, composition and performance across diverse styles and genres. These are complemented by weekly concerts, regular masterclasses and performances in the department, and opportunities to get involved in the dynamic music scene in the city of Bristol. The department has a track record of international academic excellence and is exceptionally friendly and welcoming, with several of the staff running ensembles and performing with students.

You will follow a structured language course in Russian, as well as explore the rich literature, cinema, history, thought, politics, religion, and visual culture of Russian-speaking countries and communities. You will spend your third year abroad in a country where Russian is widely spoken, extending your language skills and cultural knowledge. To find out more about studying abroad, visit Global Opportunities.

Both departments encourage strong synergy between research and teaching, as well as stimulating performance opportunities in music, resulting in a vibrant learning environment as staff respond to new research in their teaching.

Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, and one-to-one project supervision. Assessments may include presentations, essays, commentaries, exams, collaborative projects, debates, podcasts, video essays, and dissertations.

Our course will ensure you practise a range of skills, which will make you attractive to future employers in the globalised workplace and in the sector of your choice.

Russian can be studied from beginners' level and post-A level (or equivalent). As a modern languages student, you will have access to our state-of-the-art Multimedia Centre. You can also access extracurricular activities such as talks by visiting speakers, societies, language cafes, student newspapers, and talent shows.

Music teaching and music-making take place in the magnificent 19th-century Victoria Rooms, a familiar Bristol landmark with a 530-seat auditorium, a recital room, extensive studio facilities and a suite of practice rooms that are reserved for the use of Music students. Several organ and choral scholarships are available with our local churches and with Bristol Cathedral.

Course structure

This joint degree provides a wide range of units that allows you to pursue your own interests in both fields. In your first year, you will take 60 credits in each department and in years two and four you can specialise in one subject (by taking 80 credits in one and 40 in the other).

You will have full access to the Department of Music's Victoria Rooms and to the School of Modern Languages' state-of-the-art multimedia centre.

In year one, the music harmony and analysis unit Technical Studies is compulsory, you will also have a choice of composition, orchestration, performance or a history unit. Second and fourth years allow even more choice and your third year is spent abroad. Alongside music, you will study Russian language, history and culture units, choosing from a wide range of options that allow you to pursue your own interests.

In performance, we offer a wide range of instruments and vocal styles. In the event that tuition on your particular instrument/vocal type is not currently offered in Bristol, you will be able to discuss options with the Department.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirements

No specific subjects required.

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels

Additional requirements

Where an academic qualification in Music is not available, Pass in ABRSM/Trinity Grade 8 Music Theory can be considered.

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Selection process

  • We only use your information in UCAS to assess your application. There are no other selection criteria or processes.
  • Full information about our selection processes for this course:
  • The admissions statement above relates to 2023 entry. The statement for 2024 entry will be available in summer 2023.
  • Regulations and codes of conduct we abide by to create a positive environment for learning and achievement:

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