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Tuition fees (2021/22)
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 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 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.
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
- 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
About this degree
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.
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.
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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
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).
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
"UCL is an energetic place that is clearly on an upward trajectory, bustling with original thinkers doing cutting-edge work and incredibly talented students from all over the world. Definitely the place to study and do research at the beginning of the 21st century."
Professor Jan Kubik
UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies
"UCL is one of the only universities that offers intensive, postgraduate language instruction in lesser-taught East European languages such as Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian. I wanted to focus my research on Bosnia and Herzegovina, and I chose UCL in order to gain language competency for my research."
Kristen HartmannSlavonic and East European Studies 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.
- All applicants
- 30 July 2021
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.
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