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PhD Slavonic Studies

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
3 Years
 Start month
January

 Tuition fee

International
39560 GBP
National
21297 GBP
EU
21647 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
EU 50 GBP
Department
Multidisciplinary
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GMAT (avg)600
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About this course

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.

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Eligibility Criteria

Graduate work in Cambridge is intense and very intellectually demanding and so the University has high academic entry requirements. Academic requirements will vary from course to course, and you should check the individual course entry in the course directory for the course specific requirements. You are normally expected to hold or to have achieved by the start of your course:

At least a 2i honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university; and
Completion of, or release from, any current training or education course.
A directory on international qualifications that meet the University's minimum academic requirement may be found in the International section of our website.

Applicants should be aware that meeting the University’s or Department’s minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry; it is only one of the factors taken into account when selectors make their decision. Many other factors are also important, such as: suitability for the course, proficiency in English, relevant experience, references, availability of a suitable supervisor, and the ratio of available places.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules

Thesis

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.

Other

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.

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How to Apply

The Apply Online button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application, and request references.

An application is only complete when:

  • you have submitted your application via the Applicant Portal and paid the £50 application fee
  • you have uploaded the required supporting documents via the Applicant Self-Service
  • your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Before applying formally, students should contact individual PIs at the Metabolic Research Laboratories whose work interests them, to enlist their support for the application. Only applications supported by an MRL PI will be considered.  Applications are considered throughout the year on a rolling basis.

Offers made to places on this course are conditional on clearing any security checks the University deems necessary. Security checks are routinely required for all individuals involved in research activities that include working with sensitive information; working with children and vulnerable adults; working with live animals or with tissues supplied from live animals or working in an environment in which such work is pursued by others; working with dangerous pathogens or in a category 3 containment laboratory; or working with some other sensitive technologies. Where necessary the University will ensure that applicants are not disproportionately impacted by the requirement for any security checks by allowing new students to take up places and start appropriate areas of their work prior to a check in other areas being completed.

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