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Research degrees in Russian



See also: the website for the Department of Russian

We have enjoyed a vigorous existence since the Department’s foundation in 1965 and continue to flourish. At the last Research Assessment Exercise (2008), we were placed as the foremost Russian department in London and eighth nationally, with 40 per cent of our research graded in the highest categories of 3* (internationally excellent) and 4* (world-leading).

The Departmental research culture is fostered through its research seminar series, its regular visits by lecturers from Russia, the work of the Garnett Press, and the organisation of conferences. The College Library has material on Slavonic linguistics, Russian literature and film, in addition to all of the basic reference tools. Students can supplement this collection by using other central London specialist sources. Within the broader area of the Faculty of Arts, the Department contributes to theMA in Film Studies.

Research areas

The Department is interested in receiving applications from prospective PhD students for research in Russian ranges over a wide number of topics and has particular research strengths in the following areas:

  • Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Russian literature (in particular Karamzin, Zhukovskii, Gogol, Tolstoi, Chekhov, Zoshchenko, travel literature, non-fiction literature)
  • Soviet cinema (especially documentary, Dziga Vertov and wartime cinema)
  • Landscape design in Russia
  • Modernity and its ruins
  • The Russian intelligentsia and the elite in their relation to power
  • Russian folklore
  • Polish literature

Entry requirements

For entry at PhD level, we would normally expect candidates to have an MA or equivalent. The School accepts students for a research degree leading to a PhD of the University of London. Applicants for this degree are accepted on the basis of previous academic performance and subject to the availability of a member of staff to supervise their work. We welcome applications from home and overseas students. As a prospective students are advised to consult a potential supervisor with a draft research proposal before submitting a formal application. You should also include a relevant piece of written work showing your potential for carrying out high level research in your subject area (preferably a final-year undergraduate or MA dissertation), with your application. Completed applications should be sent to the Admissions and Recruitment Office at Queen Mary.

Please also refer to the How to apply section.

For international students, please refer to the International students section on this website.

Further information

Please contact:
Professor Andreas Schölne
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3390

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