Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, 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.
The University requires you to reside within a commutable distance from Manchester during your time as a registered student, unless you are on approved fieldwork/a formal placement or are on a period of Submission pending. This is to ensure that you are able to meet attendance expectations and participate in wider research activities within your discipline area and/or School. Should you be unable to do this at any point during your programme, a formal case must be made to the Faculty office, together with the full support of your supervisor(s). The University reserves the right to reject such a request where it is considered that your residency could have a detrimental impact on the progression and engagement of your studies.
Months of entry
January, September, April
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; memory studies; nationalism and ethnic politics 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 Cross-Disciplinary Russian and Eurasian Studies Network, which facilitates collaboration in research and postgraduate teaching and supervision among relevant members of staff across the Faculty of Humanities.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) Russian and East European Studies was assessed as part of the University of Manchester's 'Modern Languages and Linguistics' submission. In REF2014 the University of Manchester has been confirmed as a leading centre for research in Modern Languages and Linguistics, ranking third in the UK in terms of research power (an established criterion which values research quality in relation to the number of staff submitted). We achieved joint fourth in terms of the overall amount of 'world-leading' (4*) research activity and 80% of our research was judged to be in the highest two categories (4* or 3*). Specifically, 73% of our publications were judged as either 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*); moreover, 85% of our research activity achieved 'outstanding' (4*) or 'very considerable' (3*) public impact in areas spanning policy, public discourse, education, cultural life and society. Our research environment was also judged to be strong, with 100% judged to be 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*).
Externally-funded current research projects of staff in the Discipline of Russian and East European Studies include 'Reframing Russia for the Global Mediasphere: From Cold War to Information War' (AHRC); 'Russian Nationalism and the Ukraine Crisis: The Impact of Nationalist Actors on Russian Foreign Policy' (The European Commission); and `Self-Sustained Civil Society in Eastern (and Western) Europe' (the British Academy). 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.
The Russian language and culture are also a significant focus of research undertaken by the `Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Communities' consortium. Funded through the AHRC Open World Research Initiative and led by a Russian specialist at the University of Manchester, the consortium aims to investigate the central role languages play in relation to key contemporary issues such as social cohesion, migration, business and diplomacy.
The University of Manchester is a core member of the AHRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Russian, Slavonic and East European Languages and Cultures. The CDT offers studentships and postgraduate training for doctoral researchers studying Russia, Central, Eastern and South-East Europe.
Information for international students
Students whose first language is not English require:
an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component
a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based test or 100 internet-based test
a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component
an overall Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III grade of Merit with Merit in the writing component.
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .
Fees and funding
The School offers a limited number of bursaries and studentships on a competitive basis, details of which can be found via the links below.
Please note that whilst we do not have closing dates for programme applications, all funding competitions have a specified deadline for submitting the funding application form and a separate (earlier) deadline for submitting the online programme application form, both of which will be stated in the funding competition details below:
- ESRC North West Social Science DTP (NWSSDTP) PhD Studentships in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2018-19
- Research Impact Scholarships in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.
- President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Awards in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2018-19
- School of Arts, Languages and Cultures PhD Studentships 2018-19
- AHRC Doctoral Research Studentships in Russian, Slavonic and East European Studies (CEELBAS).
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
- +44 (0)161 275 3559