Research course

Slavonic Languages and Culture

University of Glasgow · College of Arts
PhDMLitt by researchMPhilMRes

Entry requirements

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:
  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Your application, including your references and research proposal, will be passed to members of staff whose expertise and research interests most closely match the area of your proposed study.

Months of entry


Course content

The breadth of Slavonic Languages and Cultures provision at Glasgow is unique within Scotland and encompasses the languages, history, society and culture of Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic. Established in 1917, Russian was augmented soon after WWII by Czech and Polish Studies, which now form part of a vibrant research culture within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Slavonic Studies at Glasgow belongs to a thriving School of Modern Languages and Cultures, with a lively research environment and postgraduate community. The Language Resources Library, with its wide range of resources and up-to-date equipment, houses a major collection of contemporary and classic Central East European cinema, while the Main Library holdings in the Slavonic and Eastern European area (some 80000 volumes), and a Special Collection that includes early translations of the Bible into Czech, Polish and Russian and a unique set of Trotsky items, make it one of the richest resources in the western world. Our research and teaching collaborations with colleagues within SMLC as well as from across the Colleges of Arts (History, History of Arts) and Social Sciences (Central and East European Studies, Education, and Politics) provide our research students with a potentially unique competence in the area. Members of staff co-edit two of the leading journals in the field, Slavonica and Avtobiografiia, and hold key roles in international and national research and subject-area networks.

We would welcome proposals from any area of Slavonic Studies, but particular research strengths include:

  • Czech and Polish media
  • Censorship in communist and post-communist Central Europe
  • Czech cinema since 1989
  • Polish drama ‘written outside the nation’
  • Memory studies (particularly Polish/Jewish relations)
  • Gulag literature and writing
  • Samizdat
  • Auto/biographical studies
  • Post-1945 Czech identity and travel writing
  • The theatre of Chekhov in Spain
  • Russo-Hispanic cultural and literary relations

Research Convenor: Dr John Bates

Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

Please see the English Language requirements if your first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

AHRC Doctoral Training Programme Scotland 2018/19

Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.

College of Arts PhD scholarship competition 2018/19

We offer a number of scholarships for students undertaking a doctoral programme in the College of Arts Graduate School. These scholarships will include around four hours per week of internship duties.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

MLitt by research

part time
36 months
full time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

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