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Slavonic Studies


Information for prospective applicants

Cambridge Slavonic Studies

The Slavonic Studies Section at the University of Cambridge offers innovative graduate teaching at the MPhil and PhD levels in the advanced study of Poland, Russia and Ukraine, with an emphasis on cultural history from the Middle Ages to the present day. Our graduates have a noted record of achievement in scholarship and consistent success in securing posts at Europe's best universities. If you are interested in joining us, please review the following application guidelines.

Principal considerations

1. Academic record  

Please note that the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics only accepts students for the PhD who have already completed an MA or MPhil degree in a relevant field with a mark of distinction.

2. Quality and originality of the research proposal

3. Quality of the writing sample

4. The Section’s ability to offer suitable supervision

One of the most important consideration in applying for a PhD course is the availability of a suitable supervisor for the proposed dissertation project. The PhD is a research degree with no taught elements, and the student's principal contact is with the supervisor. For this reason, we advise all potential applicants to contact potential supervisors with a draft of their research proposal in advance of submitting an application.

The Slavonic Studies Section has particular expertise in the fields of Pre-Modern East Slavic culture; Polish, Russian and Ukrainian Literatures of the 19th and 20th centuries; Nationalism Studies; Film and Visual Culture; Memory Studies; and Sensory History.

To identify a potential supervisor please see our staff research profiles.

Please do not submit a formal GRADSAF application unless a member of the Section is able to supervise your PhD.

Fees and funding

1. Current fee structure

2. Funding opportunities and deadlines

Self-funded applicants may apply until 31 May for a course to begin in October.

Application process

All applications must be made via the online application form (GRADSAF) available on the Graduate Admissions Office website.

No guarantees of admission can be made by any member of staff or by the Section/Faculty. Once you have applied and submitted the necessary supporting documents, your application will be considered by the Board of Graduate Studies, the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, and the appropriate MPhil Director and/or the Section's Graduate Teaching and Examining Officer.

Information on the application process for MMLL can also be found here.

General postgraduate admissions enquiries

General questions about postgraduate courses may be addressed to the Section’s Graduate Teaching and Examining Officer, Dr Rebecca Reich

Enquiries about the application process can be sent to

For queries to the Board of Graduate Studies, please email