RussianFind a programme
|Run by||Faculty of Arts|
|Awards available||PhD, MPhil|
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|
This research degree is also available via distance learning.
MPhil: a standalone, one-year (full-time) research degree. Students will undertake their own research project, concluding in the submission of a 25,000 word dissertation. Students may have the option to audit units from our taught master's programmes if they are relevant to their research.
PhD: a research project undertaken across three years (full-time, plus a writing up period), culminating in an 80,000 word thesis. As well as having the option to audit taught units, there may be the potential for PhD students to teach units themselves from their second year of study onwards.
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
- Russian and Soviet history
- Modern Russian cultural studies
- Russian and comparative literature
- Russian Orthodox culture.
Our postgraduates are a key part of the research community and are integrated into the research activities of the School of Modern Languages and the faculty.
Fees for 2021/22
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:
- UK: full-time
- UK: part-time
- Overseas (including EU): full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2021/22
The University of Bristol is part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), which will be offering studentships for September 2020. 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.
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 master's qualification, or be working towards a master's qualification, or international equivalent. Applicants without a master's qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent). Applicants with a non-traditional background may be considered provided they can demonstrate substantial equivalent and relevant experience that has prepared them to undertake their proposed course of study.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
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; some graduates take up careers in translating and interpreting.
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 Knight, (Lecturer), Late Stalinism; Soviet film; Soviet history
Professor Andreas Schonle, (Professor), Issues of cultural identity (semiotics of space, perceptions of time and of modernity); Literary and cultural theory; Urban studies
January 2021 start: 1 December 2020
September 2021 start: 2 August 2021
January 2022 start: 2 December 2021
Open days and visits
Find out how to attend one of our upcoming online events.
Get in touch
Postgraduate Admissions Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 8443 Email: email@example.com
Dr Ruth Coates Research Postgraduate Officer, School of Modern Languages Email: Ruth.Coates@bristol.ac.uk
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REF 2014 results
- Modern Languages and Linguistics:
- 29% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 38% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 26% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
- 7% of research is recognised nationally (1*)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.