Research course


Queen Mary, University of London · Russian

Entry requirements

For entry at PhD level, we would normally expect candidates to have an MA or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Russian has enjoyed a vigorous existence since its foundation at QMUL in 1965, and it continues to flourish. Our research has consistently been rated as outstanding, with books by members [bit deleted] winning prizes from Russian and Slavic organisations in the USA and UK. We contributed fully to QMUL’s strong performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (the latest in the series of national evaluations of research in UK universities), as part of Modern Languages and Linguistics (UoA 28B: 3.04 GPA). Only two Modern Languages REF submissions which ranked above us included Russian.

Our research culture is fostered through a research seminar series, regular visits by lecturers from Russia, and the organisation of conferences. The College Library has material on Slavonic linguistics, Russian literature and film, in addition to all of the basic reference tools. Students can supplement this collection by using other central London specialist sources.

We welcome applications from prospective PhD students for research in Russian ranges over a wide number of topics and has particular research strengths in the following areas:

  • Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Russian literature (in particular Karamzin, Zhukovskii, Gogol, Tolstoi, Chekhov, Zoshchenko, travel literature, non-fiction literature)
  • Soviet cinema (especially documentary, Dziga Vertov and wartime cinema)
  • Urban studies, landscape design, heritage studies
  • Modernity and its ruins
  • The Russian intelligentsia and the elite in their relation to power

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
36+ months

Course contact details

Professor Else R. P. Vieira
+44 (0)20 7882 8335