Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £5,060 (FT) £2,530 (PT)
- £19,580 (FT) £9,850 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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 language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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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The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) is the world's leading institution for research and teaching on Russia, the Baltics, and Central, East and South-East Europe. The school's mission is to foster cross-disciplinary approaches to area studies, using expertise in our primary geographical region to generate knowledge and understanding of the broader world. With our spectacular library and award-winning building in the heart of London, and at the centre of a vibrant network of national and international connections, SSEES provides a unique and dynamic environment where students acquire the expertise and skills that employers want, including an unparalleled range of languages.
SSEES was ranked second in Area Studies in terms of research strength in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, confirming its status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for research in the field. The school has multidisciplinary expertise across the humanities and social sciences and offers research degrees in all of its four programme areas: Economics and Business; Politics and Sociology; History; Languages and Culture. In Economics and Business, research specialities include finance and economic development, corporate governance, entrepreneurship, technology and innovation. Research in Politics and Sociology can be pursued in the areas of party politics, post-conflict and post-socialist societies, corruption, migration, transitional justice, popular culture, international relations and foreign policy. Languages and Culture specialities include film, linguistics, and literature. In addition to region and country-specific specialism, areas of research in History include religion and nationalism, travel writing, comparative legal history, memory studies and cultural history.
Recent or ongoing 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
AHRC and ESRC Scholarship are available for PhD study.
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 relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £28,000 (3 years)
- UK, EU
- Based on academic merit
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
SSEES graduates have found employment in academic posts, as lecturers, teaching fellows and postdoctoral 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.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Commissioning Editor, Cambridge University Press
- Lecturer (Politics), Canterbury Christ Church University
- Lecturer, King's College London
- Legal Researcher, Chambers & Partners
- Senior Researcher, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
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 round-table events and lectures by leading international figures relevant to our area interests.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The SSEES postgraduate research programme is particularly distinguished by its training provisions in an unrivalled number of languages (14). SSEES is a part of the UCL ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, and leads the Centre for East-European Language Based Area Studies (CEELBAS), which provides access to an unrivalled range of research expertise of individual scholars, research clusters, and user communities through the AHRC-funded CEELBAS Centre for Doctoral Training.
Student / staff numbers
› 70 staff
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies
64% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"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 BracewellSlavonic and East European Studies MPhil/PhD
Professor of Southeast European History
"The resources available at UCL are not unlike those at major research institutions in the United States, where I am from. I like that the UK has COPAC, which is a great way to search multiple libraries in the UK at once. I have enjoyed the independence and freedom I have at UCL. I enjoy the flexibility of scheduling my research, writing, and deadlines."
Julia LeikinSSESS PhD
"Throughout my degree I was given many opportunities to further my skill set. I attended one-week summer schools at the University of Roma Tre and University of Bologna for econometric study as part of my ESRC sponsorship. I took two econometric courses at the Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice and two second-year macroeconomics electives at the London Business School as part of their MBA programme, and attended courses in leadership and management, effective negotiation and communication skills. I was also awarded an Excellence scholarship from my department."
Christy SmithSSEES PhD
Application and next steps
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.
Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit 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.
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