Russian Language

45.04.02In russian

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Main academic courses
  • Current Issues in Russian Linguistics
  • Living Speech: Norm and Realisation
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • New Phenomena in Russian Syntax
  • General Rhetoric
  • Fundamentals of Slavonic Studies
  • Poetical Grammar
  • Russian Vocabulary: The Dynamical Aspect
  • Russian Mentality in Language and Text
  • Typological Aspects of Russian Grammar Description
  • Anthropological Linguistics
  • The Language of Old Russian Legal and Commercial Texts and Private Correspondence
  • The Language of the Modern Period: Traditions and Innovations
Our advantages
  • The basis of the curriculum is the principle of an organic combination of theoretical courses and courses of an applied nature taught by chief experts in the relevant field.
  • The training involves the scientific resources of the University, for example the Professor Larin Intradepartmental lexicographical studio.
  • Students' involvement in research work includes research in the field of Russian as the state language. It is conducted by the Research Institute of the State Language of St Petersburg University.
  • The training is provided on individual educational trajectories. Starting from the second semester, students can choose a course for the variable part of the curriculum from 3-4 offered elective courses.
  • Students can choose different types of practice: teaching, research, or fieldwork. Teaching practice is at St Petersburg University; research practice is at the Institute of Linguistic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Library of Russia. Internship is at the Administration of the Governor of St Petersburg and the North-West Department of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media. Fieldwork is at St Petersburg University compiling the Speech corpus of Russian as part of the research project ‘One Speaker’s Day’.
International relations
  • The University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • The University of Trier (Germany)
  • The University of Helsinki (Finland)
Main areas of research
  • History of Russian and palaeoslavistics
  • The system and functioning of modern Russian
  • Russian grammar against the typological background
  • Field linguistics and Russian dialectology
  • Russian spontaneous speech and colloquialisms
  • Mental linguistics and Russian linguistic worldview
  • Lexicology and lexicography
  • The language of the modern media
  • Linguistic poetics
Career opportunities


  • Research associate
  • Faculty member
  • Russian teacher at secondary school
  • Editor
  • Media officer and others