Master of Philosophy in Russian and East European Studies

The regulations made by the Russian and East European Studies Management Committee are as follows:

First year examinations

There will be three compulsory papers to be taken at the end of the first year of the course.

  • 1. An examination paper on History of Russia, the USSR and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century.

  • 2. An examination paper on [For students starting before MT 2015: Politics, Economics and International Relations of the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.] [For students starting from MT 2015: Contemporary Russian and East European Studies Part 1.]

  • 3. An examination paper on [For students starting before MT 2015: Society and Culture in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.] [For students starting from MT 2015: Contemporary Russian and East European Studies Part 2.]

The papers shall be set and administered by the examiners appointed to examine the M.Phil. in Russian and East European Studies. The examination will be held in the eighth week of Trinity Full Term.

Candidates who pass these qualifying papers may proceed to the second year of the course and take the final examination at the end of the second year. Candidates who fail one or more of the examination papers may, by permission of the Russian and East European Studies Management Committee, proceed to the second year of the course and resit the failed papers during the final examination. All candidates will also be required to have demonstrated competence in Methods and Language as specified in Methods Requirement and Language Requirement.

Final Examination

  • (a) a thesis of at least 25,000 words but not more than 30,000 words on a subject approved by the Management Committee for Russian and East European Studies, to be delivered to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, [For students starting from MT 2017: by Noon ]on Monday in the fourth week of Trinity Term in which the final examination is taken. The thesis must be accompanied by a statement that the thesis is the candidate’s own work except where otherwise indicated.

  • (b) two subjects (optional courses) chosen from a list, which is approved annually by the Russian and East European Studies Management Committee. The selection of subjects has to be approved by the Russian and East European Studies Management Committee in Trinity Term, Year 1. A candidate who fails the Final Examination may enter again, on one subsequent occasion, usually in Trinity Term, provided that this is still within the twelve terms of his or her registration.

The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

Methods Requirement. Each candidate will be required to participate in training in methodology (quantitative and qualitative) and research skills related to Russian and East European Studies and to have achieved pass marks for the assessed components, as specified in the Notes of Guidance of the year of Matriculation of the Candidates.  [For students starting from MT 2017: Two printed copies of each of the written items required for the methods requirement must be submitted to the Examination Schools, addressed to the Chair of Examiners for the MSc in Russian and East European Studies, c/o the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford at the times and days specified in the Notes of Guidance. Each submission must be accompanied by a declaration indicating it is the candidate’s own work.]

Language Requirement. Before admission to the final examination all candidates will be required to pass a language qualifying exam [For students starting before MT 2017: on the region, which is usually]in Russian. [For students starting before MT 2017: In special circumstances permission may be granted for sitting an exam in another language.]The specific arrangements for the provision and methods of assessment of language training are governed by the Examination Conventions and Notes of Guidance of the year of matriculation of the candidates.