The MPhil in Slavonic Studies is designed to help those who already possess a good knowledge of Russian or another Slavonic language to acquire grounding in areas of Slavonic Studies which were not part of their first degree course, as a preparation for advanced research in this field. All candidates study at least one Slavonic language which they have not previously studied to degree standard. They also take up to four other subjects chosen from a wide range of philological, literary and historical options, and at least one paper in research methods such as palaeography, textual criticism and methods of literary criticism.
See also the 9-month MSt in Slavonic Studies.
Year 1: a Slavonic language and 3 other subjects not previously studied.
Year 2: 2 further subjects; a thesis.
N.B. Not all the subjects listed below are necessarily available every year.
During the course students are required to develop a reading knowledge of a Slavonic language which they have not previously studied to degree standard. The languages normally available are listed in Schedule 1 (see below). Reading competence is tested in the third term of the course by a three-hour examination in unprepared translation from the Slavonic language into English.
|Schedule 1 — Unseen translation from any one of the following languages:|
Students also choose, in consultation with their supervisors, three other subjects from Schedules 2-9 (see below). They may take no more than two subjects from any one Schedule, and may not take subjects which they have already studied in a first degree course.
|Prague School of Linguistics|
|Methods of Criticism and the Theory of Literature (from the M.St. course in European Literature)|
|An essay of 6,000 to 8,000 words on an approved subject of the student’s choice within the areas of Slavonic languages and literatures. (The work submitted may subsequently be incorporated in a thesis submitted for the M.Phil. in Slavonic Studies, or it may be used as the basis for the piece of written work required for admission to the status of student for the Degrees of M.Litt. or D.Phil.)|
|Comparative Slavonic Philology|
|Old Church Slavonic|
|History of Church Slavonic|
|Schedule 4: The History of:|
|Ukrainian||Bulgarian and Macedonian||Croatian|
|Czech and Slovak||Polish||Russian|
|Schedule 5 — The Structure and Present State of:|
|Literature and Culture of the Russian Enlightenment||Pushkin and Romanticism||Gender and Representation in Russian Culture from 1800|
|Russian Modes of Lyric (1820-1940)||The Rise of the Russian Novel||Russian Drama in the 19th and 20th Centuries|
|The Russian Experience of Modernity, 1905-1945||The Gulag and the Russian Literary Process||Post-Soviet Russian Literature|
|Russian Lyric Poetry: Major Themes and Focus|
|Czech Poetry since 1774||Czech Prose Fiction and Drama since 1774|
|Polish Literature since 1798||Slovak Literature since 1783|
|Byzantine Civilization and its Expansion 913-1204|
|Bohemia from the Hussite Wars to the Battle of the White Mountain (1415-1620)|
|The History of Poland and Hungary, 1506 to 1795|
|The Habsburg Monarchy, 1790-1918|
|The History of the Balkans, 1774-1918|
|Russian Social and Political Thought, 1825-1917|
|The History of Russia, 1861-1917|
|The History since 1918 of either Bulgaria or Czechoslovakia and its successor states or Yugoslavia and its successor states|
Year 1: Translation paper in a Slavonic language and examination in 3 other subjects taken from the Schedules (one option is a submitted essay).
Year 2: Examination in 2 further subjects taken from the Schedules, and a thesis of 20,000-25,000 words.