Russian and Czech

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Run by Faculty of Arts
Awards available PhD , MPhil
Programme length MPhil: one year full-time;
two years part-time
PhD: three years full-time;
six years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date January 2017 (2016/17 fees apply)
September 2017
January 2018

Programme overview

The Department of Russian has an outstanding record of research. We pride ourselves on our strong, active research culture, while the research interests of staff span a broad range of disciplinary emphases.

We can support postgraduate research in many areas within the following broad fields:

  • Russian prose fiction from the 19th century to the present
  • 19th- and 20th-century Russian poetry
  • 19th- and early 20th-century Russian intellectual history
  • 20th-century Russian drama and theatre
  • Russian and Soviet cinema
  • Soviet history
  • Modern Russian cultural studies
  • Czech and Slovak literature from the 19th century to the present
  • Russian and comparative literature
  • Russian Orthodox culture.

Our postgraduates are a key part of the research community and are integrated into regular staff-student research seminars, as well as the research activities of the School of Modern Languages and the faculty.

NB For students starting in January 2017, fees for 2016/17 will apply (Full-time: UK £4,121, overseas £14,200; Part-time: UK £2,061. Fees are per annum and subject to annual increase.)

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Part-time fees


Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2017/18

The University of Bristol is part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), which will be offering studentships for September 2017. For information on other funding opportunities, please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

MPhil: An upper second-class degree (or international equivalent). Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of your readiness to pursue a research degree.

MPhil/PhD: A pass at Master's level (or international equivalent).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Research groups

The department contributes to school and faculty research themes (eg Romanticism, Conflict and Culture, Testimonies) and has strong connections with research centres in Russia.


A large number of graduates from this programme develop careers in higher education or work on high-level research projects in the field of Russian and Czech; some graduates take up careers in translating and interpreting.

Staff profiles

Professor Michael Basker, (Professor), 19th- and 20th-century Russian poetry; Pushkin and Romanticism; Silver Age poetry and prose fiction.

Dr Rajendra Chitnis, (Senior Lecturer), Czech and Slovak literature from the 19th century to the present; Russian fiction since the thaw.

Dr Ruth Coates, (Senior Lecturer), 19th-century and early 20th-century Russian intellectual history; 19th-century Russian literature; Russian Orthodox culture.

Dr Connor Doak, (Lecturer), 19th and 20th-century Russian literature; gender and sexuality and their relationship to war and political change.

Dr Claire Shaw, (Lecturer), Contemporary fashion and public space; history of marginal groups; history of the Soviet Union, particularly the formation of Soviet identity.

How to apply
Application deadline:

September 2017 start: 1 August 2017
January 2018 start: 1 December 2017

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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REF 2014 results

  • 29% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 38% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 26% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 7% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Bristol Doctoral College

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Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 8443 Email:

Faculty of Arts
University of Bristol
3-5 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB


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