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MLitt in Russian Studies at the University of St. Andrews

The Department of Russian at the University of St Andrews invites applications for its one-year full-time MLitt (Master of Letters) degree in Russian Studies, as well as a number of PhD Scholarships.

MLitt in Russian Studies 

The Master’s program in Russian Studies offers students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of inter-related fields of Russian literature, culture and history from the eighteenth century to the present day.
The Department of Russian and the Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies (CRSCEES) at St Andrews offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Russian language, literature, and culture. The Department of Russian is a flourishing community with an intake of around 60 undergraduates each year. It is ranked first in the UK for Teaching Quality and Experience (Times University Guide 2017). With seven permanent members of staff the Department has a proven track record of excellence in teaching and combines this with internationally recognized research in a range of fields including literature, cinema, and cultural studies from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries.
Russian MLitt students study a number of taught modules and write a dissertation of 15,000 words with a supervisor at the department. The taught modules give students the opportunity to develop their skills of literary and textual analysis through directed reading on a topic of their choice. Potential subjects of study include: the English Novel in Russia; Issues in Russian Cultural Memory; Narratology and the Short Story; Russian Crime Fiction; Russian Romantic Prose; Russian and Polish Modernism; Russian Formalism in context; Femininity, Masculinity and Queer in Russian Literature and Culture; Russian Women Writers; Russian Enlightenment; Russian Gothic; the Soviet Writing Self; Socialist Realism Inside and Out; Andrei Platonov; Race and Ethnicity in Russian and Russophone Literature; Russian Literary Peripheries; and Russian Cinema in the Putin Era.
Applications are accepted until shortly before teaching starts in September 2017. A limited number of scholarships for outstanding EU/Home candidates is available. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes. For further information on course structure and application requirements please go to our website,

PhD Scholarships

The Department of Russian as well as the School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews invites applications from outstanding PhD candidates for the following scholarships:
1)   Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities
St Andrews belongs to the Scottish Graduate School, a consortium of Higher Education institutions which has been awarded AHRC funding to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland:
AHRC scholarships cover both fees and a stipend for successful applicants who satisfy the UK eligibility criteria.
The closing date for AHRC applications is Friday 6th January 2017. 
2)   School of Modern Languages PhD Scholarship
We invite applications for one fully-funded PhD scholarship (EU/overseas fees plus £10k per annum maintenance) to be awarded from the beginning of session 2017/18.  Applications may cover any area of research currently offered by the School. The closing date for applications is 1 June 2017
3)   Carnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarships
The prestigious Carnegie PhD Scholarship scheme supports a limited number of graduates, with first class Honors undergraduate degrees from a Scottish university, who wish to pursue three years of postgraduate research leading to a PhD at a university in Scotland. Further information is available at:
The deadline for initial applications to reach us is 27 January 2017.

Further information about these three funding opportunities can be found at:

The School of Modern Languages is home to a lively international postgraduate community. Around 50 students from all over the world are currently reading for taught or postgraduate degrees in an exceptional variety of areas, including Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Comparative Literature, as well as Language and Linguistics, Medieval Studies and Cultural Identity Studies. 
For further information please contact:
Victoria Donovan (Head of Russian):
Margarita Vaysman (Lecturer in Russian and post-graduate coordinator): 
 Dr Margarita Vaysman
University Lecturer in Russian
University of St Andrews
Buchanon Building, Union St, St Andrews, KY16 9PH


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