Russian and Slavonic Studies PhD

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PhD Russian and Slavonic Studies

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: 6 years

Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social science subject. For PhD-level study, we would usually expect you to hold, or be working towards, a masters degree in a relevant subject.
7.0 (6.5) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park
Other requirements



We offer excellent research supervision for PhD candidates, both full-time and part-time. Research staff profiles can be found on the Departmental website. The PhD lasts three years (six years part-time) and leads to a dissertation of 100,000 words.

As well as excellent facilities, including a dedicated postgraduate area, students enjoy interdisciplinary links with other institutions through Nottingham’s partnership with the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES), funded by AHRC, ESRC, HEFCE and SHEFCE and spearheaded from Glasgow. CRCEES awards studentships at all postgraduate levels and runs an annual Research Forum and Summer School especially for the postgraduates of its member institutions. 

We also have strong links with academic institutions in Russia, Slovenia, Serbia and Croatia, which our students are able to utilise. Further travel opportunities exist through the Universitas 21 programme.



The Department offers research students advanced research training, expert supervision by two supervisors, frequent reviews and feedback on progress, departmental research seminars and work-in-progress sessions, dedicated work space in the Trent Building and Highfields House, excellent library and IT facilities, support for research trips and conference attendance, inter-library loan and photocopying credits.


Research support

Research students benefit from a well-established research environment and professional training. Postgraduates have the opportunity to participate in a range of training courses, including the School's Postgraduate Professional Development Programme, which involves stage-specific training sessions.

Students have two supervisors who regularly read and advise on their work and attend that student’s work-in-progress presentation. Work-in-progress sessions are held regularly and provide an opportunity for students to present their research to their peers, supervisors, invited members of academic staff and research students from other departments. Students may also apply for School and Departmental funding for research trips and conference attendance or organisation.

Students have dedicated study space in the Trent Building and Highfield House. There are also opportunities for students to act as teaching assistants on undergraduate modules. In order to do this, students are required to take training courses run by the Graduate School in the year prior to starting teaching and to attend the School’s teaching induction sessions. Teaching assistants are supported and monitored by the module convenors, the Chair of Teaching Committee and the Director of Research.


Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. 

Details of research supervisors can be found on the Department website.


Fees and funding

If you choose to study with us, there are various sources of funding to which you can apply. Some are administered by the School, others by research bodies to which the School has links, and others by the University and central government sources. These opportunities are often specific to particular degree programmes, or to the fee status of a student, so it is important to read all related information very carefully.

Midlands4Cities funding

The Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership supports the personal and professional development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. Studentships are available to UK/EU students.

How to apply to the University of Nottingham through Midlands4Cities


More information about additional sources of funding can be found on the following web pages.

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies funding pages

University of Nottingham Graduate School funding pages

Government loans for doctoral study

The Government recently introduced doctoral student loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent research programmes. Applicants must ordinarily live in England.

Doctoral training programmes

Linked to research councils, doctoral training programmes offer funding opportunities connected to our research priorities.

International and EU students

Research scholarships are available for outstanding international and EU students. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.



Career Prospects and Employability

If you take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us, you will receive support through close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, as well as benefitting from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. Individual guidance appointments, a career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events, including skills workshops and recruitment fairs, are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia.

Average starting salary and career progression

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers.*

In 2016, 96.6% of postgraduates from the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £25,314 with the highest being £35,000.**

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research. 

**Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.


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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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