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Slavonic and East European Studies MPhil/PhD

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Application deadlines

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.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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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

History
  • 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

Funding

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.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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 degree

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

Employability

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.

Networking

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Student / staff ratios › 70 staff › 200 taught students › 80 research students

Department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

Degree reviews

Staff review

"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

Subject: Slavonic and East European Studies MPhil/PhD
Student review

"UCL offers access to the policy world and opportunities to get involved (often via paid work) in conferences, workshops and training courses run by the graduate school."

Imogen Wade

Subject: SSEES MPhil/PhD
Student review

"SSEES is the leading institution focused on studying Eastern and Central Europe in the UK and Europe and its specialist library and collections are unmatched. I was also particularly drawn by the supervisor."

Bartley Rock

Subject: SSEES MPhil/PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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