Research course

Russian and Slavonic Studies

University of Nottingham · Russian and Slavonic Studies

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject. For PhD-level study, applicants should hold, or be working toward, a masters degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The department offers excellent research supervision for both MPhil and PhD, full-time and part-time and has internationally-recognised expertise in Russian culture and South East European studies. Specific areas of research on the Russian side are: 20th/21st century literature and culture (humour and satire; poetry; the Russian canon; early 20th century literary movements; Soviet and post-Soviet cultural studies); theatre (in Russian and in exile); and gender studies (womens writing).

Expertise in South East European Studies includes: Serbian/Croatian literature, literary and cultural theory and cultural studies; and narratives of national identity (literature, theatre and film).

As well as excellent facilities, including a dedicated postgraduate area, students enjoy interdisciplinary links with Schools such as Politics, History and Geography, by means of the Nottingham Institute for Russian and East European Studies, and Nottingham is a partner in the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES), funded by AHRC, ESRC, HEFCE and SHEFCE and spearheaded from Glasgow. CRCEES awards studentships at all postgraduate levels and runs an annual Research Forum and Summer School especially for the postgraduates of its member institutions.

We also have strong links with academic institutions in Russian and Serbia, which our students are able to utilise. Further travel opportunities exist through the Universitas 21 programme.

Download the Russian and Slavonic Studies MPhil and PhD leaflet for more information.

Research staff profiles can be found on the Departmental website.

Department specialisms

Specific areas of research on the Russian side are: 20th/ 21st Century Literature and Culture (Humour and Satire; Poetry; The Russian Canon; Early 20th century : Literary Movements; Soviet and Post-Soviet Cultural Studies); Theatre (in Russian and in Exile); and Gender Studies (Women's Writing).

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element).

Fees and funding

Applicants to Taught MA, MA by Research and PhD programmes are eligible to apply to various sources for funding.
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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5917