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Russian and East European Studies MPhil MA (Research), Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #79 (QS) , | Online
We offer MA by research, MPhil and PhD research degrees on a full- and part-time basis. We offer postgraduate research supervision in the following fields: Russian and Soviet History; Russian, Ukrainian and Central and East European Politics; Central and Eastern Europe and European integration; Nationalism and minority rights, ethnicity and migration issues; Economics of transformation, economic policy and regional economics of Russia; Science, technology innovation and the internet; Russian foreign and security policy; Contemporary East European culture and society.


The School of Government and Society brings together academic staff, research fellows and doctoral researchers across the Social Sciences. The School is one of the leading UK and international centres for Politics, International Relations, International Development, Sociology and European Studies.

We offer postgraduate research supervision in the following fields:

  • Russian and Soviet History
  • Russian, Ukrainian and Central and East European Politics
  • Central and Eastern Europe and European integration
  • Nationalism and minority rights, ethnicity and migration issues
  • Economics of transformation, economic policy and regional economics of Russia
  • Science, technology innovation and the internet
  • Russian foreign and security policy
  • Contemporary East European culture and society

Type of Course: Doctoral research

Duration: PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time; MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time; MA: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Research interests of staff

Contemporary politics of Russia, Ukraine and Central and Eastern Europe

Dr Tim HaughtonEmail:

  • Contemporary politics and political and international relations of Russia, Ukrainian, East-Central Europe and Eurasia Contemporary politics and political parties of Central and Eastern Europe
  • inter-relationships between political change and nationalism, minority rights, etc
  • the economics of transformation and the integration of this region into the European Union

Dr David WhiteEmail:

  • Contemporary Russian politics

Dr Derek AverreEmail:

  • Russian foreign and security policy
  • Political relations between Russia and Europe
  • Security and arms control/non-proliferation issues in USSR successor states.

Dr Kataryna WolczukEmail:

  • Relations between the EU and the post-Soviet states in Europe in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership
  • Impact of the EU on domestic change in the eastern partner countries
  • Regional integration in the post-Soviet space (with particular reference to the Customs Union/Eurasian Economic Union)
  • Institutional framework, constitutional politics and executive-legislative relations in the post-Soviet states

Economics of transformation and economic policy

Richard ConnollyEmail:

  • The economics of Russia and other ex-socialist countries, including current reforms and policies, issues of knowledge-based economic development, trade and investment, and the economics of the military and defence industry

Deema KaneffEmail:

  • Developing markets, economic reforms and political resistance
  • The informal economy in former socialist states

Dr Derek AverreEmail:

  • Economics of the Russian defence industry and its relations with the civilian economy

Contemporary Russian and Central and Eastern European culture and society

Dr Galina YemelianovaEmail:

  • Islam, with particular reference to the relationship between Islam, ethnicity and nationalism in Russia's republics.

Deema KaneffEmail:

  • Political, social and economic exclusion
  • Forms of European transnational migration
  • The anthopology of post-socialist states

Interdisciplinary collaboration

Adjunct staff in the College of Arts and Law – Arfon Rees, Natasha Rulyova and Jeremy Morris – are also available for research supervision within CREES on the following topics:

Russian and Soviet history 16th–20th centuries

Dr Arfon ReesEmail:

  • Political and economic history of the Soviet Union and Russian Political Thought

Contemporary Russian and Central and Eastern European culture and society

Dr Natasha RulyovaEmail:

  • New media, gender and sexuality, fieldwork methods
  • Russian language media, literature and society.

Dr Jeremy MorrisEmail:

  • Russian language media, literature and society.

In addition, we have collaborative links with other University departments, in particular the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES) , whose staff members Dr Stefan Bouzarovski (Buzar), Dr Dominique Moran, Dr John Round and Dr Denis Shaw are all Adjunct Members of CREES. Their research interests on cultural, historical, political and environmental issues on Russia and Eastern Europe, from a geographical standpoint, enhance both CREES and its students.

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

Ensure your qualifications meet our entry requirements for research degrees

To gain admission to a research degree programme (with the exception of the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Medicine (MD)) an applicant must comply with the following entry requirements:

  • Attainment of an Honours degree (normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent) in a relevant subject awarded by an approved university, or
  • Attainment of an alternative qualification or qualifications and/or evidence of experience judged by the University as indicative of an applicants potential for research and as satisfactory for the purpose of entry to a research degree programme.

In addition:

  • Admission and registration for a research degree programme may be conditional on satisfactory completion of preliminary study, which may include assessment.
  • In some cases you will also need to have completed a Masters degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject.

Please note

  1. Entry onto many programmes is highly competitive, therefore we consider the skills, attributes, motivation and potential for success of an individual when deciding whether to make an offer.
  2. Specific entry requirements are given for each programme. Any academic and professional qualifications or industrial experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases form an integral part of the entrance requirements. If your qualifications are non-standard or different from the entry requirements stated in the online prospectus, please contact the relevant school or department to discuss whether your application would be considered.
  3. After we have received your application you may, if you live in the UK, be invited for an interview or to visit us to discuss your application.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15270 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15270 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4260 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4260 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
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