The University of Edinburgh is home to the oldest Russian department in Scotland and has a vibrant community of Russian speakers who work or study in Edinburgh. Studying Russian at Edinburgh will give you a rich and thorough command and appreciation of Russian language, literature, and culture. In addition to acquiring solid language skills, you will study Russian literature, film and media, Russian language culture, and the country's cultural and political history. You will be taught by world-leading research academics. The University has a unique Princess Dashkova Russian Centre which offers numerous academic and cultural activities advancing knowledge in the field of Russian language and Russian studies. The Russian collection housed in the Main Library contains excellent resources related to Russian language, literature, culture, history and politics including several databases of important periodicals and newspapers. In addition, you will have the opportunity to use the National Library of Scotland for its immense collection of Russian resources. You will also have access to Russian television and to a rich Russian film collection. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016, modern languages at Edinburgh was rated 4th in the UK and 17th in the world. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 70 per cent of our European languages and cultures research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent, in a joint submission with Celtic and Scottish Studies.