Russian and Portuguese, B.A.

Russian and Portuguese, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
This Joint Honours course combines the study of Russian language and culture with Portuguese - two of the most fascinating European cultures and a window to a much wider world.


Russia continues to assert itself as a powerful political and economic force, making Russian expertise vital in a range of professions.

Portuguese is the seventh most widely spoken language in the world. The rise of the Brazilian and Angolan economies, and the Olympic Games in Brazil, mean Portuguese speakers are increasingly in demand.

You can begin to study one language from scratch or build on existing experience. Both departments offer a lively, friendly and supportive environment.

You divide your year abroad between a Russian-speaking and a Portuguese-speaking environment. There's a wide range of placements to choose from. For example, you could study in a university, teach English or work in a multinational company or non-governmental organisation.

Why study Russian at Bristol?

Our students consistently praise the friendly, supportive atmosphere in Russian at Bristol.

You will have frequent contact with experienced native-speaking teachers. In years one and two, beginners in Russian language follow a core programme with a specialist beginner-level teacher. Those with A-level or equivalent experience are taught separately.

Bristol’s programme in Russian culture in year one equips you with the knowledge and skills to explore aspects of Russia in more depth later. You will study key periods in Russian history alongside selected texts, images or films, and explore Russia further through its literature, history, religious culture and political ideas. Your third year abroad could take you to places such as Moscow, St Petersburg, Krasnodar, the Urals, Siberia and Kazakhstan, with constant contact and support from members of the department.

Bristol is a very exciting place to study arts and humanities, with a thriving cultural life, several art cinemas, concert halls and theatres and a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      6-7 year(s) part-time

  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Russian
    • Partially taught in Portuguese
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Russian Language
  • Introduction to Russian History and Culture
  • Introduction to the Russian Novel
  • One of:
    • Contemporary Russia through the Media (Russian A-level entrants)
    • Extra language (beginners)
  • Portuguese Language
  • Introductory courses in the literature, culture and history of Portugal and Brazil
Second year
  • Russian Language
  • Two or three Russian optional cultural units, (eg: The New Soviet Man and his ‘Others’: Soviet Russia, 1917-1945, Orthodox Culture, The Nineteenth-century Russian Novel, Czech)
  • Portuguese Language
  • Two Portuguese optional culture units (choice of literature, culture or history)
Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year
  • Russian Language
  • Two or three Russian optional culture units, (eg: Russian Thought on the Eve of the Revolution, The Cold War at Home: Soviet Culture and Society 1945-1991, Gender in Twentieth- and Twenty-first Century Russia, Post-Soviet Russian Prose Fiction, Dostoevsky)
  • Portuguese Language
  • Two optional Portuguese culture units (choice of literature, culture or history).


If you have a pragmatic eye on Russia’s critical strategic role in the geopolitics of the coming decades, you will find that advanced fluency in Russian is a valuable skill in numerous careers.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15200 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.