Research course

Polish Studies

The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Masters course, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.

Months of entry


Course content

Staff in Russian and East European Studies conduct research of an interdisciplinary nature across a broad range of subjects, including nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and intellectual history; Soviet and post-Soviet cinema and the media; gender studies; nationalism and ethnic politics in Russia historically and in the post-communist period; and post-communist transition in East Central Europe. The Discipline of Russian and East European Studies constitutes a core group of the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, which facilitates collaboration in research and postgraduate teaching and supervision among relevant members of staff across the Faculty of Humanities.

Russian and East European Studies has been officially assessed in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise as the best in the nation for research in its field. 35% of its research was deemed to be 'world-leading' and a total of 70% was rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

Research projects of staff in the Discipline of Russian and East European Studies include `Television representations of Islam as a security threat in Russia, France and the UK' (AHRC-funded); housing as a gendered issue in twentieth-century Russia (AHRC-funded); `Oriental Studies and Russian national identity' (AHRC-funded); 'Centering the Margins: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Marginality in Russia and Eurasia' (funded by the British Academy); and `The Memory of the Second World War in East Central Europe post-1989' (funded by the Leverhulme Trust). Conferences and workshops organised by staff in Russian include 'Imagining the West - Perceptions of the Western Other in Modern and Contemporary Eastern Europe' and `The Mass Media, Freedom of Speech and "the War on Terror" in Russia and the UK'. A focal point for the Discipline's research activity is a regular Research Seminar, which features a mix of internal and external speakers and promotes debate between staff and postgraduates across the full spectrum of their research interests.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require:IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component or a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based test) or 100 (internet-based test). a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component

Fees and funding

AHRC, ORS and School Awards. Contact the School for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Officer
+44 (0)161 275 3559
+44 (0)161 275 3031