The department has internationally recognised expertise in the following areas: Soviet and post-Soviet cultural studies, Russian and Soviet cinema, 19th and 20th-century Russian literature, Russian theatre, Russian émigré culture, literary and cultural theory, early Russian and Byzantine history and culture, modern and contemporary Serbian and Croatian cultural studies, Serbian and Croatian literature and cinema.
Russian and Slavonic Studies offers several postgraduate courses. The MA in Russian and Slavonic Studies is an MA by Research, which is a one-year (two-year part-time) programme of research training and directed study leading to a 30,000-40,000-word dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff. The MA by Research in Modern Languages has the same programme structure, but combines two subject areas: Slavonic and French, German or Hispanic Studies. The Master's degree can be free-standing and is also excellent preparation for PhD study. The PhD programme lasts for not less than two but normally at least three years of full-time study (or a minimum of four years part-time), leading to a dissertation of 100,000 words. Postgraduate students participate in staff-postgraduate seminars, postgraduate work-in-progress seminars, conferences, reading groups, and other research-related activities within the School. Postgraduates may also apply to the Department's Partridge Bequest to fund conferences or research trip to Russia or Eastern Europe.
Russian and Slavonic Studies is a founder member of the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES), which is funded by the Research Councils UK initiative in Language and Area Studies.