Russian

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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: four years full-time (minimum period of study three years);
seven years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date January 2022 September 2022 January 2023 This research degree is also available via distance learning.

Programme overview

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 four years (full-time, minimum period of study three years), 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 literature from the 19th century to the present
  • Russian intellectual history from the 19th century to the 20th century
  • Russian film and visual culture
  • Soviet history
  • British-Soviet relations
  • Literary and cultural theory
  • Issues of cultural identity (semiotics of space, perceptions of time and of modernity)
  • Urban studies
  • Russian Orthodox theology and culture
  • Gender in Russian literature and culture
  • Translation studies
  • Media studies

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 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£4,565
UK: part-time
£2,283
Overseas: full-time
£19,500

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

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.

Alumni scholarship

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 2022/23

The University of Bristol is part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), which offers studentships annually. 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 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:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Research groups

Research staff in Russian studies have been involved in the following initiatives at Bristol:

 

Careers

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.

Staff profiles

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

Dr Connor Doak, (Senior Lecturer), 19th and 20th-century Russian literature; gender and sexuality

Dr Claire Knight, (Lecturer), Soviet film; Soviet history; Stalinism

Professor Andreas Schonle, (Professor), Issues of cultural identity (semiotics of space, perceptions of time and of modernity); Literary and cultural theory; Urban studies

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Application deadline

January 2022 start: 1 December 2021
September 2022 start: 1 August 2022
January 2023 start: 1 December 2022

Open days and visits

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Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 8443 Email: artf-pgadmissions@bristol.ac.uk

Dr Steffan Davies Research Postgraduate Officer, School of Modern Languages Email: steffan.davies@bristol.ac.uk

Faculty of Arts
University of Bristol
3-5 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB
School website: School of Modern Languages
Department website: Department of Russian and Czech

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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.

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