M.Phil. On Campus

Russian and East European Studies

University of Oxford

21 months
25430 GBP/year
15970 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MPhil in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Oxford  is a two-year programme for graduates who are interested in gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of Russia and Eastern Europe through the study of the region across a range of disciplines including history, economics, politics, international relations and sociology.


Courses are taught through a combination of lectures and classes. You will be required to submit essays and make class presentations. 

In the second year you will be able to specialise your knowledge through the choice of two special subject courses chosen from a list of options available for that academic year.

  • Russian language tuition

Russian classes will focus on the development of language and communication skills relevant to research and study in the REES field. You will be required to pass the relevant Russian language qualifying exam as part of the MPhil programme. 

  • REES Lectures and Seminar Series

REES students will have a weekly lecture, throughout the first two terms, delivered by a member of the department. Topics will include Twentieth Century Russian History, Central East European Politics, and Economics of the region. Students will also be required to participate in the departmental weekly seminar series, where they will get the opportunity to debate and discuss important topics concerning the region.

  • Advanced research seminars

REES and the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre (RESC) run an Advanced Research Seminar Series each term at St. Antony’s College. This is an essential component of the REES MPhil course and takes place each Monday during term time.

Graduate destinations

The Russian and East European Studies at the University of Oxford may be regarded as a qualification in its own right, or as preparation for a doctoral degree.  A large proportion of REES graduates proceed to further research and to careers in academia. Recent MPhil in REES graduates have gone on to undertake DPhil courses in politics and history, and Area Studies at OSGA.

Graduates have also gone on to successful careers in many different countries in diverse areas of employment such as international organisations, the media, government, business and finance, diplomacy and teaching.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History of Russia, the USSR and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century
  • Contemporary Russian and East European Studies : Politics and international relations. Covering topics in the politics, security and international relations of Russia and Eastern Europe.
  • Contemporary Russian and East European Studies : Sociology and economics. Covering topics in the economics and sociology of Russia and Eastern Europ

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • CV/résumé
  • Statement of purpose/personal statement: A maximum of 700 words
  • Written work: Two essays of a maximum of 2,000 words each
  • References/letters of recommendation: Three overall, all of which must be academic

Tuition Fee

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    25430 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25430 GBP per year during 21 months.
  • National

    15970 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15970 GBP per year during 21 months.

Living costs for Oxford

939 - 1530 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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