Slavonic and East European Studies MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

SSEES has multi-disciplinary expertise across the humanities and social sciences and offers research degrees in all of its four programme areas: Economics and Business, History, Languages and Culture (including film, linguistics, literature, thought); Politics and Sociology.

Recent or on-going SSEES doctoral projects include:

Economics and Business
  • Competition and Entrepreneurship as Engines of Growth
  • Economics of Health Behaviours in the Russian Federation

  • Being European: Russian Travel Writing and the Balkans, 1804–1877
  • Being without a State: the Thought of Petr Kropotkin between Statehood and Statelessness

Languages and Culture
  • Cinematic Bordelands: Ukrainian Poetic Cinema and the ‘Experiential Ethnographic Modality’
  • The Portrayal of Female Sexual Desire in 20th-century Czech Literature

Politics and Sociology
  • Electoral Performance of Popularist Radical Right Parties
  • Gender in the Croatian Nationalist Struggle

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree, and usually a Master’s degree in a relevant subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students intending to seek Research Council funding are required to undertake a Master’s degree first.

English level expected: Good


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,200
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,250


AHRC and ESRC Scholarships for MA, MRes and PhD study and IMESS Studentships are available.

The SSEES Foundation Scholarship for PhD study is awarded annually. The Victor and Rita Swoboda Memorial Fund Scholarship supports a PhD in any discipline within Ukrainian Studies.

Scholarships available for this department

Lindsey Hughes Postgraduate Bursary

For current PhD students in the School of Slavonic & East European Studies at UCL, pursuing research in Russian History or Russian Culture. Students may not be in receipt of a full fees and maintenance award from another source. This award is based on academic merit and financial need and was founded with a legacy from Lindsey Hughes, Professor of Russian History at the School of Slavonic of East European Studies 1987-2007.

SSEES Foundation Scholarship

For prospective research students in the School fo Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) who are not in receipt of full funding from another source. This award is based on academic excellence and research potential.

Wolfson Scholarships

The intention is that Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded solely on academic merit. Ideally the successful students would aspire to an academic career.

Victor and Rita Swoboda Memorial Scholarship

To encourage, promote and support research and study in the area of Ukrainian Studies.

SSEES Studentship

All eligible students will be automatically considered by the department.

Wolfson Scholarships

The intention is that Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded solely on academic merit. Ideally the successful students would aspire to an academic career.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


SSEES graduates have found employment in academic posts, as lecturers, teaching fellows and post-doctoral researchers at leading UK and overseas universities, as well as in research and consultancy roles for public, private and third-sector organisations, including think tanks, government departments, interpreting and publishing groups and market research and business intelligence companies

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Company Watch Limited, Assistant to Director of Finance Operations, 2010
  • UK Government, Senior Researcher in National Offender Management Service, 2009
  • University of Erfurt, Germany, Post-doctoral Researcher, 2009
  • International Monetary Fund, Research Assistant, Strategy, Policy and Review Department, 2010
  • University of Toronto, Lecturer, 2009


SSEES graduates have a unique range of expertise, grounded in advanced methodological training in their chosen discipline and applied to the area studies context. This hybrid profile, which can also include knowledge of one or more languages, is highly sought after by employers as it offers expertise which is intellectually rigorous as well as empirically relevant.


SSEES scholars have developed strong links with a range of institutions in London, including the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), Roubini Global Economics, NGOs such as Health Prom, Amnesty International and others through the BEARR Trust, Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), as well as with the European Commission. SSEES also cultivates connections with the London embassies of the region, which regularly co-sponsor roundtables and lectures by leading international figures relevant to our area interests.

Next steps


Miss Anastasia Barsukova

T: +44 (0)20 7679 8775


SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

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Staff View

"I value the opportunity to see my own subject from very different perspectives in my exchanges with students and colleagues, whose standpoints are defined by their different experiences and approaches."

Professor Wendy Bracewell

Professor of Southeast European History

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Imogen Wade

Degree: MPhil/PhD