Research in Russian Studies covers the period from 1700 to the present day. Staff in Russian have particular research expertise in: 19th- and 20th-century social and cultural history, especially the history of Russian sciences and professions (Professor Byford); Russian and Soviet linguistics (Dr Chown); 19th- and 20th-century Russian poetry, especially Anna Akhmatova (Dr Harrington); 18th- to 20th-century Russian literature and culture, especially material culture and gender (Dr Ivleva); literary and critical theory, Bakhtin, Russian and Soviet cinema (Dr Radunović); and translation studies (Dr Tyulenev).
This is reflected in a range of undergraduate courses in Russian history, literature, language and culture, including specialist modules in Russian poetry, Russian and Soviet cinema, the cultural history of St Petersburg, and the Russian intelligentsia. Our language courses are taught at all levels by highly experienced language instructors as well as academic staff. In the first year, students have the choice of an intensive ab initio course (for those with no prior experience in the language) or an intermediate course (for students with an A-level in Russian). Students normally spend their third year abroad at different Russian universities with which we have exchange agreements. Finalists can take an additional specialist language course in Russian for Professional Communication.
The Department was placed 3rd nationally in the most recent (2017) Sunday Times Good University Guide, and2nd in the 2017 Complete University Guide table for Russian and East European Languages.
The Department is now home to a Russian World (Russkiy Mir) Centre with open access facilities in term-time, Mon, Tue, Thurs and Fri 10am-2pm (Room A29)
The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership offer studentships under two schemes:
The Standard Awards scheme for applicant-led projects, including interdisciplinary projects.
The Partnership Awards scheme, which offers a unique opportunity to conduct PhD research in collaboration with a participating Northern Bridge Strategic Partner organisation. This opens up enhanced access to a wide range of research materials and resources, as well as facilities, training, expert advice, mentoring and supervision, and publication and impact opportunities. A Partnership Award means working with a supervisory team that includes members from one of the Northern Bridge universities as well as from the partner organisation, enhancing your skills and employability while providing defined benefits for the partner organisation.
Northern Bridge will be offering Application Masterclasses for potential applicants to all Northern Bridge universities on Tuesday 14 November 2017 in Belfast and Wednesday 15 November 2017 in Newcastle. The programme will involve presentations by staff and students on how to apply for a Northern Bridge studentship (tailored to conventional and practice-based awards, and to Partnership Awards), as well as surgeries at which you can discuss your proposal with members of academic staff and meet current students. Further information will be posted on our News and Events page in due course.
Before applying for either a Standard Award or a Partnership Award, please read the relevant Guidelines for Applicants.
If you wish to apply for a Standard Award you must first explore with the relevant Subject Area Contactwhether your area of research interest can be supervised and supported, and identify suitable supervisors.
If you wish to apply for a Partnership Award, you must first submit an Expression of Interestform, clearly indicating the relevant Partner and Research Field, and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 17:00 on 20 October 2017.
EoIs will be reviewed by both the Northern Bridge Academic Directors and Strategic Partners, and applicants will be notified of their decisions by 31 October 2017.
Step Two: Complete an Online Postgraduate Application Form:
All applicants, under either scheme, are then required to apply through the online application form of the University at which you would like to study. You must include the code AH18 on your application form to indicate that you wish to be considered for a Northern Bridge award:
- Applicants to Newcastle University should quote AH18 under ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ and ‘Who is your sponsor/funding body?’
- Applicants to Durham University should insert AH18 where asked on the form ‘How do you intend to finance your tuition fees and living expenses?’
- Applicants to Queen’s University Belfast should tick ‘I will apply separately to an external body’ then enter AH18 under ‘To which body do you intend to apply?’
The deadline for postgraduate applications to the Northern Bridge studentship competition is 5:00pm, Wednesday 10 January 2018.
Applications received after this date will not be considered for nomination.
If you are nominated by your subject area to proceed to the second stage of the competition, you will work with your Subject Area Contact and supervisor(s) to complete a Northern Bridge Nomination Form – note this form is only made available to those applicants selected for nomination. The deadline for receipt of Nomination Forms is 5:00pm, Wednesday 14 February 2018.
The results of the competition will be announced on Friday 23 March 2018.
For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.