Degrees and courses

The Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) is a multi-disciplinary area-studies centre with a strong orientation towards the social sciences and history. CREES is a part of the Department of Political Science and International Studies within the School of Government and Society.

What type of degree are you interested in?

Undergraduate study

There are a wide range of ways to study Russian at the University of Birmingham. Our aim is to provide an excellent knowledge of up-to-date spoken and written Russian, together with a thorough education in Russian history, culture, literature, economics, society and politics, from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Doctoral research

CREES is a research oriented, multi disciplinary centre with wide ranging expertise and long standing excellence in researching Russia and Eastern Europe. With its international profile and links, CREES provides a rich, immersing and inspiring environment for research students. Our staff have extensive experience of supervising doctoral students through to successful completion. Take a look at our academic staff profiles.

The MPhil and PhD research degrees enable students to pursue an independent research project while benefiting from a range of taught modules in generic research training, specialist modules in Russian and East European Studies and language training for research purposes. Doctoral Research Scholarships and funding.

Research degrees offered:

Students come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Approximately 40% of students come from outside the UK. CREES PhD students have been exceptionally successful in gaining academic positions in leading universities across the world. Many of them also work for governmental institutions, international organisations (EU, OECE, the World Health Organisation etc), business and media.

We particularly welcome applications on the following themes:

  • Russian, Ukrainian, Central and East European politics
  • Russian and Soviet history
  • Central and Eastern European integration
  • Nationalism, identities and ethnic conflicts
  • Economics of transformation, economics policy and regional economics of Russia
  • Russian and Ukrainian foreign and security policy
  • Contemporary East European culture, media and society
  • Caucasus and Central Asia: Politics, international relations, society and religion.
  • Central Asian History and Contemporary Politics
  • The Caucasus: History, Culture and Politics

Students admitting to a research degree are expected to demonstrate that they already know Russian (or another relevant East European language) and have a good background knowledge of the countries concerned.