UCL Graduate degrees


Slavonic and East European Studies MPhil/PhD

Key information

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Close: 26 July 2019

Tuition fees (2019/20)

UK/EU: £5,210 (FT) £2,605 (PT)
Overseas: £20,170 (FT) £10,150 (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 Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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

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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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.

Research areas

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
More information can be found on the department website: Slavonic and East European Studies MPhil/PhD


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 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 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.

Department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies

What our students and staff say

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

Slavonic and East European Studies MPhil/PhD
Professor of Southeast European History
Staff review

"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
Student review

"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 Hartmann

Slavonic 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
26 July 2019

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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