Research course

Russian and East European Studies

Institution
The University of Manchester · School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

We require successful completion of a master's course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our PhD Russian and East European Studies programme will enable you to carry out a piece of significant, original research under the supervision of our academics.

Staff in Russian and East European Studies conduct research of an interdisciplinary nature across a broad range of subjects, including:

  • 19th and 20th-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;
  • 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 at Manchester.

  • Our staff's externally-funded current research projects 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);
  • Self-Sustained Civil Society in Eastern (and Western) Europe (the British Academy).

A focal point for our 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 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.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Email
PhDSALC@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 275 3559