The teaching on the MPhil programme in the first year of study is built around three Core Courses, a research methods course and Russian language classes. The first Core Course, delivered at the start of Michaelmas Term, examines the History of Russia, the USSR and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century and is examined through an extended essay submitted in Hilary Term. The second and third core courses, spanning Michaelmas and Hilary Terms, address issues of Contemporary Russian and East European Studies (CREES) from different disciplinary perspectives: CREES I covers Politics and International Relations, while CREES II covers Economics and Sociology. Each of these two courses are formally assessed through end of year exams. The research methods training is split into two parts: Qualitative Methods (Michaelmas Term) and Quantitative Methods (Hilary Term) and is designed to give you a broad-ranging introduction to different research approaches which you may need to develop as you work on your research thesis.
In the second year of MPhil study Russian language classes will continue and students will chose from a range of option courses and take two of these, usually one course in Michaelmas Term and one course in Hilary Term. All students on the MPhil programme are required to write a research thesis of 30,000 words on a research topic of their choosing, which must be relevant to the REES region. Supervision for this element of the programme runs throughout the two years of study, with a research proposal prepared in the Trinity Term of the first year and final submission close to the end of Trinity Term of the second year. Throughout the course, students are expected to attend the weekly programme of external seminars organised by REES or our partner Centre, based at St Antony’s – the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre (RESC). Details of the staff teaching on this programme and their research interests can be found here.
Students of the REES MPhil programme progress to a variety of different career pathways, including in government and diplomacy, business analytics, consultancy, banking and finance, NGOs, teaching and further research. With regard to the latter, Oxford's new DPhil in Area Studies, introduced in 2017, provides new opportunities for inter-disciplinary doctoral research across one or more of the regions in which the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies specialises.
Please address any enquiries concerning the MPhil in Russian and East European Studies to firstname.lastname@example.org