Postgraduate research

Russian at Edinburgh is especially proud of its buoyant postgraduate activity. Placed at the very core of the section, it compares well with the best graduate hubs in the subject.

We welcome every new postgraduate as a valuable addition to the Russian Section team. From the start of your postgraduate course you will have a good opportunity for discussion, sharing information and exchanging ideas. We organise regular research seminars and postgraduate conferences in order to stimulate discussions and to give all students an occasion to express themselves.

The Section welcomes research proposals related to Russian language and discourse, Russian media and communication studies; Russian literature and cultural studies; Russian film and theatre studies; Translation studies; Comparative literature, and other related areas.

School of Literatures, Language and Cultures (LLC) supports a unique research Princess Dashkova Russian Centre which facilitates cutting-edge research in the field.

Princess Dashkova Russian Centre

The Section participates in the ARHC sponsored project (2010-13) "Reconfiguring the Canon of Twentieth-Century Russian Poetry, 1991-2008". It also participates in the international project on auto/biographical writing in Russia led by the University of Padua (2011-2013).

Russian in Context

Russian in Context (RiC), situated in the Russian Section, is a research unit unique in the UK, aiming to promote advanced research in the field of Russian language and society. It was described as excellent in RAE 2008 and at present has a dynamic community of six PhD students.

Russian in Context

RiC welcomes and encourages applications from students wishing to carry out postgraduate research leading to MSc, MPhil or PhD in any of the areas represented of the Unit. Methodologies and approaches may be varied and interdisciplinary, grounded in:

  • linguistics
  • critical and cultural theories
  • discourse analysis and critical discourse analysis
  • communication studies
  • linguistic anthropology
  • cognitive social representation
  • politics
  • other relevant disciplines

Modes of study

All our research programmes (MSc by Research, MPhil and PhD) are available by full or part-time study, and include MSc by research options facilitating the 1 + 3-year pattern of postgraduate study.

Training and facilities

The research supervision provided by the Section is complemented by the postgraduate training programmes offered by the Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) Graduate School. All new postgraduates receive training in research methods and, as appropriate, attend courses on literary, film, cultural and translation theory.


Postgraduates are eligible to apply for various types of College and University research funding (studentships, conference grants, etc...).


The Russian section is a partner in the CRCEES Consortium (Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies), co-funded by AHRC (The Arts and Humanities Research Council) and ESRC (The Economic and Social Research Council) within the framework of Language Based Area Studies programme and headed by Glasgow University.

CRCEES’s network of established scholars delivers excellence in expert supervision for a new generation of postgraduate students. The Section plays an active role in the organisation of the CRCEES Research Forums.

How to apply

You can apply online for all of our research degrees: