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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 28k
  • Foreign: $ 45.9k
  • Deadline:
  • 31 5월 2017
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 150pts.
  • Duration:
  • 4 years

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    The Department of Slavonic Studies is unique in the United Kingdom in offering undergraduate and graduate teaching in Polish, Russian and Ukrainian.  The research interests of its academic staff span a wide range of topics in the  languages, literatures, visual  and cultural history of Poland, Russia and Ukraine, from the Middle Ages to the present day.  The intellectual vitality of the Department is evident in its  thriving research areas:  Pre-Modern East Slavic Culture; Polish, Russian and Ukrainian Literary and Cultural Studies of the 19th and 20th centuries;  Cinema Studies; Nationalism Studies;  Memory Studies; Sensory History; and Slavonic Linguistics. PhD students in Slavonic Studies may focus on  a single national or linguistic tradition, or they may pursue comparative research across languages and national boundaries. A dynamic research culture of public lectures, seminars and conferences, together with a close-knit system of supervision and mentoring, encourages individual and collective endeavour within the department.

    In British universities the PhD (Doctorate of Philosophy) is traditionally awarded solely on the basis of a dissertation, a substantial piece of writing which reports original research into a closely defined area of enquiry. The completion of the PhD dissertation is generally expected to take three years, and most funding is based on this assumption. It's also possible to take a part-time route through research degrees, and the expected timeframe would be five years.

    During your research, you will have the opportunity to work closely with a Supervisor who is a specialist in your research area.  You might reasonably expect to see your Supervisor fortnightly or at least three times per term. In addition to your Supervisor, you will normally also be able to draw on the help and support of other members of the Department with expertise in your field of study.  

    In addition to the specialist supervising provided by the Department, the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages runs a programme of professional training for the benefit of all research students. The programme includes seminars and workshops on library resources, giving conference papers, publishing, applications and interviews, and teaching skills. The School of Arts and Humanities runs a central programme covering a range of  skills relevant to doctoral students. 

    Doctoral students may also be offered opportunities to do small group teaching for the undergraduate colleges and,  in some cases, language teaching for the Faculty. 

    PhD  students in Slavonic Studies are also eligible to participate in the postgraduate training and knowledge exchange opportunities provided by the CEELBAS Centre for Doctoral Training (a collaborative partnership between Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester and University College London). CEELBAS (Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies) gives students access to a wide range of subject-specific training opportunities.

    One to one supervision

    Students might reasonably expect to see their supervisor fortnightly or at least three times a term. Supervisors normally take care to provide written comments on written work, and to give constructive criticism; but students should not expect actual marks. There is no need for written work to be provided for every meeting: general discussion and planning is vital, too. The length of a supervision can vary, depending on the stage a student is at and on the nature of the written work, if any, to be discussed. As a rule, however, such meetings generally last between 30 and 60 minutes.

    Generally, a student could expect no more than 11 hours of supervisions over the course of each academic year.

    Seminars & classes

    Students are encouraged to attend the Departmental Research Seminars.


    Attending lectures is optional but students are encouraged to take advantage of lectures offered across the university which are relevant to their research.


    Feedback on progress is provided through regular meetings with the Supervisor.  Termly supervision reports are written and are made available to the student online.  



    There is a normal word limit for the thesis of 80,000 words (including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography). The thesis should represent a significant contribution to learning through the discovery of new knowledge or through the connection of previously unrelated facts, or the development of new theory, revision of older views or some combination of these. In writing the thesis you are expected to take account of previously published work on the subject and the thesis should be clearly and accurately written, paying due attention to English style and grammar. Candidates for the PhD in Cambridge are guided by a supervisor, though they will normally also discuss their work with a number of other experts in their field.

    Following submission of the thesis, an oral (viva) examination is held.


    Annual progress interviews for all PhD students should normally take place between the start of the Easter term and the end of the academic year. The annual interviews constitute a system for the formal monitoring by the Degree Committee of the progress of all students working towards a PhD.

    Graduate students are admitted in the first instance for a probationary period during which they are not registered as a candidate for the PhD degree. The first-year interview is the context in which registration as a candidate for the PhD is formally considered. Satisfactory progress is a condition for being registered as a doctoral student and for remaining on the register.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    • Magistr (Master's Degree) at Pass level. Diploma Specialista (completed post-1991) with a minimum overall grade of good or 4/5 Bachelor's from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and other prestigious institutions with an overall grade of 4/5 Bologna Bachelor's from other institutions with an overall grade of 5/5, Excellent
    • Diploma Specialista (completed post-1991) with a minimum overall grade of Excellent or 5/5 Bachelor's from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and other prestigious institutions with an overall grade of 5/5
    • IELTS (Academic) 7.5
    • TOEFL Internet Score 110
    • £50 application fee
    • First Academic Reference
    • Second Academic Reference
    • Transcript
    • Research Proposal. 500-1000 word research proposal 
    • Sample of Work. A sample of recent research writing of approximately 5,000-10,000 words.  The sample can be either an essay produced during masters-level studies or a section of a dissertation, and must be a single-authored work. 
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