Research course

Russian Studies

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

Entry requirements

A Master's qualification or overseas equivalent in a relevant subject (or equivalent) with an element of research training. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.

Months of entry

January, September, April

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.

Department specialisms

Russian Literature of the 20th-century; Russian Women's Studies; Soviet Cinema; Translation Studies

Information for international students

The English language requirement for overseas students is an IELTS score of 7.0, with 7 in the writing element or a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based test), or 100 (internet-based test).

Fees and funding

AHRC competition; School awards; ORS for overseas students. Please 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