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Slavonic Languages and Cultures PhD

University of Glasgow

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Glasgow

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

The breadth of Slavonic Languages and Cultures provision at Glasgow is unique within Scotland and encompasses the languages, history, society and culture of Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic. Established in 1917, Russian was augmented soon after WWII by Czech and Polish Studies, which now form part of a vibrant research culture within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.


Slavonic Studies at Glasgow belongs to a thriving School of Modern Languages and Cultures, with a lively research environment and postgraduate community. The Language Resources Library, with its wide range of resources and up-to-date equipment, houses a major collection of contemporary and classic Central East European cinema, while the Main Library holdings in the Slavonic and Eastern European area (some 80000 volumes), and a Special Collection that includes early translations of the Bible into Czech, Polish and Russian and a unique set of Trotsky items, make it one of the richest resources in the western world. Our research and teaching collaborations with colleagues within SMLC as well as from across the Colleges of Arts (History, History of Arts) and Social Sciences (Central and East European Studies, Education, and Politics) provide our research students with a potentially unique competence in the area. Members of staff co-edit two of the leading journals in the field, Slavonica and Avtobiografiia, and hold key roles in international and national research and subject-area networks.

We would welcome proposals from any area of Slavonic Studies, but particular research strengths include:

  • Czech and Polish media
  • Censorship in communist and post-communist Central Europe
  • Czech cinema since 1989
  • Polish drama ‘written outside the nation’
  • Memory studies (particularly Polish/Jewish relations)
  • Gulag literature and writing
  • Samizdat
  • Auto/biographical studies
  • Post-1945 Czech identity and travel writing
  • The theatre of Chekhov in Spain
  • Russo-Hispanic cultural and literary relations.

Thesis length: 70,000-100,000 words, including references, bibliography and appendices (other than documentary appendices).

A Doctor of Philosophy may be awarded to a student whose thesis is an original work making a significant contribution to knowledge in, or understanding of, a field of study and normally containing material worthy of publication.

Tuition fees

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£ 19,350per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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University of Glasgow

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  • Campus address

    University of Glasgow, The Fraser Building, 65 Hillhead Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, City Of, G12 8QQ, Scotland

A wide range of international scholarships are available including International Excellence scholarships and postgraduate awards.
Meet students from across the university with over 250 clubs and societies available – ranging from international student societies to the Harry Potter society.
Pre-sessional English language provision available prior to starting university, and English language support options throughout the duration of study.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    14th out of 17 9

    5th out of 105 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 226
    177 94%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65.0 65%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.88 78%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    190 98%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    55.0 55%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.92 78%



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