School of Slavonic and East European Studies MPhil/PhD

London, Bloomsbury

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£5,690
£2,845
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£22,900
£11,530
Duration
3 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

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 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

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) is the UK's largest 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.

Who this course is for

What this course will give you

The SSEES library is one of the leading research libraries in the UK for the study of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Our research programme is particularly distinguished by its training provisions in an unrivalled number of languages (14).

Research students have the opportunity to partake in two key student-run ventures:

  • Slovo, which publishes articles and book reviews written by research and Masters students as well as established scholars.
  • Postgraduates at SSEES co-organize the International Postgraduate Student Conference, which is held every second year at SSEES (and at other universities around the world in alternate years).

The foundation of your career

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.

Employability

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.

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 round-table events and lectures by leading international figures relevant to our area interests.

Teaching and learning

Research areas and structure

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.

Examples of current/recent SSEES doctorals 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

Research environment

The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) is one of the UK's leading institutions 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. SSEES was ranked second in Area Studies in terms of research strength in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.  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 dynamic environment where you can acquire the expertise and skills that employers want, including an unparalleled range of languages.  We offer training in 12 different languages where other highly-ranked Slavonic and East European programmes offer between 1 and 6.

SSEES 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.

Full-time

The length of registration for the research degree programmes is 3 years for full-time and 5 years for part-time. 
 
You are required to register initially for the MPhil degree with the expectation of transfer to PhD after successful completion of an upgrade viva 9- 18 months after initial registration.
 
Upon successful completion of your approved period of registration you may register as a completing research student (CRS) while you write up your thesis. 

SSEES PhD Training Workshop

In your first year you must attend the SSEES PhD Training Workshop (PTW).  Your attendance at the PTW is mandatory and is part of the departmental pre-requisite for your upgrade to PhD status.  The PTW is designed to assist you in the first stages of development of your research project, covering topics which range from the structure of a PhD thesis to communication and dissemination strategies.

Methods and discipline-based training

You will be expected to take full advantage of the training on offer and should aim to participate in the UCL Doctoral Skills Development Programme and/or appropriate other activities for the equivalent of two weeks each year.  If you are funded by a UK Research Council you will be required to participate in skills development training for the equivalent of two weeks per year of your funded studentship by your funding body.

SSEES offers a variety of discipline-based and methods training courses, which you can choose from in consultation with your supervisor and according to the specific needs of your research project.  Examples may include Political Analysis, Political Sociology, Historical Methods and Approaches, Literary and Cultural Theory or various courses in quantitative or qualitative data analysis.  You may be able to arrange language training if required, depending on availability.  You will be expected to complete basic methodological training during your first year unless you can demonstrate prior equivalent training.

You may take additional training courses according to your needs and interests.  Options should be discussed with your supervisor.

Research Student Seminar Series

You are expected to present your work in the SSEES Postgraduate Research Student Seminar Series.  The Seminar is designed to give an opportunity for you to present your work in front of a diverse audience which includes other research students, academic members of staff, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as external visitors.  The nature of presentations varies according to the different stages of a PhD.  You will be required to deliver a presentation as a mandatory component of your upgrade to the PhD; this first presentation is therefore focused on broader issues of structure, research design, conceptual and theoretical issues, and methodology.  Later in your research, you can choose to present a recently completed chapter, discuss the results of fieldwork, or get some initial feedback on a paper prepared for publication.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £5,690 £2,845
Tuition fees (2022/23) £22,900 £11,530

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

AHRC and ESRC Scholarship are available for PhD study as well as SSEES Scholarships which are awarded annually.

The Victor and Rita Swoboda Memorial Fund Scholarship supports one PhD student in any discipline within Ukrainian Studies (which is held by the student for 3 years). 

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements and our standard start date is September. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021