The UTREES Database
University Theses in Russian, Soviet, and East European Studies 1907–

Compiled and edited by Gregory Walker and J. S. G. Simmons

This page describes the database form of the UTREES project, which originated with the print form of this title.

University Theses in Russian, Soviet, and East European Studies 1907–, or UTREES, is a bibliographical database of research in the British Isles. The database has been continuously extended from the printed volume, most recently with 227 further recent theses added in 2018: if you find it useful, please consider supporting the project by purchasing (or recommending that your library purchase) a copy of the printed book.

  • Lists details of over 5,400 doctoral and selected masters’ theses from British and Irish universities.
  • Covers research relating to Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, and the area of the former USSR, including Central Asia, the Caucasus and Siberia.
  • Subjects include art, crime, economics, energy, finance, gender studies, health, history, international relations, linguistics, human rights, literature, media, security, minorities, music, politics, religion, and society.
  • Search by keyword, author, subject, area, institution or date.
  • Regularly updated.

License. Creative Commons License UTREES by Gregory Walker; J. S. G. Simmons; MHRA is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at

Photo of 350 year-old
yew tree courtesy of Giorgos Vintzileos.

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The Resources menu then offers the ability to browse or search the database.

Omissions or corrections. The Editors are grateful to be notified of any omissions or corrections. Please email with details.

Overview. For an overview of UTREES and some of the historical and demographic conclusions which can be drawn from it, see: Walker, Gregory, ‘Doctoral Research in Russian and East European Studies: Trends and Realities from the UTREES Database’ (Cambridge: MHRA, 2017), published online at this website.

Eligible theses. This database gives information about doctoral and selected masters’ theses in Russian, Soviet and East European studies which have been accepted by any British or Irish degree-awarding body. It does not include dissertations written for MA or other one-year masters’ degrees. B.Litts and B.Phils have been included where these were later made convertible to M.Litts and M.Phils. From the 2012 update onwards, only doctoral theses have been added.

Eligible subject matter. Theses are included if they deal wholly or substantially with any subject in the field of Russian, Soviet, Slavonic or East European studies broadly defined, including the social sciences as well as the humanities. Geographical coverage extends to Russia, the whole area of the former USSR (including Central Asia, the Caucasus and Siberia), and the area of the formerly communist states of Eastern Europe except the GDR.

Sources. The preferred source for the thesis details given in the database is either the library catalogue record of the awarding institution or – in the case of electronically deposited or digitised theses – their listing by EThOS or an institutional repository (see ‘Access…’ below). If no such record has been found, the data is drawn where possible from the catalogues of the British Library, the Senate House Library (for London University institutions), the National Library of Wales (for Welsh universities), or from the COPAC online union catalogue. For fewer than 2 per cent of entries, particulars have been compiled from other sources, including university departments’ own listings and the Index to Theses. In these cases the entry carries the annotation [NCR] (‘No Catalogue Record’).

Content of Entries.

  • (a) Author’s Name. The spelling of the author’s name normally follows that of the preferred source (see ‘Sources’ above), although misspellings found there have been corrected. Diacritics in an author’s name are shown where they appear in the source or where their use elsewhere has been established, but not otherwise.
  • (b) Title and Subtitle. Titles and subtitles are normally given in full as they appear in the preferred source, but a few very long ones have been abbreviated, indicated by […]. Diacritics have been added to non-English words (notably place and personal names) wherever they are standard in the original language. Transliterations from Cyrillic are shown as they appear in the source. Minor misspellings and typos have been corrected without indication. Where titles are uninformative, an expansion or explanatory note has been added where possible.
  • (c) Awarding Body. The name of the awarding body is given in the form (sometimes abbreviated) which was current at the date of the award. In the case of federal universities (University of London, National University of Ireland, the former University of Wales) and the former Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA), the name of the sponsoring college or other institution is also given where known. Note that the awarding body for theses from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies in the University of London is shown as ‘London (SSEES)’ up to 1999, and as ‘London (UCL)’ after that date, since the School became a constituent of University College London in 2000.
  • (d) Degree Awarded. The title of the degree awarded is given after the name of the awarding body.  The form is that current at the date of the award, even if the title was subsequently made convertible to another, e.g. a B.Litt to an M.Litt.
  • (e) Date. The year given is the year shown on the thesis itself, where this can be established from the preferred source. It may therefore be earlier than the year of approval or award of the degree.


CNAACouncil for National Academic Awards
KCLKings College London
LBSLondon Business School
LSELondon School of Economics
LSHTMLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
[NCR]No catalogue record found (see Sources above)
NUINational University of Ireland
QMQueen Mary, University of London
SOASSchool of Oriental and African Studies
SSEESSchool of Slavonic and East European Studies
TCTrinity College
UCLUniversity College London

Access to British and Irish Theses. Many institutions now offer open access from their own online research repositories to the texts of their recent theses, though not all do so quickly or comprehensively.

Nearly all UK universities also supply particulars of their new doctoral theses, and often the full text, to the British Library’s Electronic Theses Online System (EThOS). The EThOS website at gives details of the service, and offers search facilities. EThOS also collaborates with universities to supply digitised copies of older theses on demand. The service does not cover masters’ dissertations, nor any theses from universities in the Irish Republic.

Hard copies of doctoral theses, and often of masters’ dissertations too, are normally deposited in the home institution’s library and will be recorded in its online public access catalogue (OPAC). Libraries will generally make them available to bona fide researchers, but if you want to make a personal visit to consult a thesis, you may need to arrange this in advance.

Applications for the loan or copying of theses or dissertations not available through other channels should made to the institution concerned, normally through an academic library’s inter-library loans office.

You are usually allowed to make reasonable quotations from a thesis if you give proper acknowledgment, but more extensive copying is not permitted without the consent of the copyright holder (usually the author). In some cases further restrictions may apply, such as an embargo on access for a stated number of years.

If you need to make a wider search of British and Irish university theses, the fullest listing is the online database ProQuest Dissertations and Theses – UK and Ireland (formerly Index to Theses), at Most academic libraries subscribe to it. Abstracts are provided for some theses from 1970 and for nearly all theses after 1986. Links are provided to full texts accessible online via institutional repositories or EThOS where applicable.


  • To the late John S. G. Simmons for the compilation of the first thesis bibliography in this field, published in Oxford Slavonic Papers in 1967 with quinquennial supplements in 1973, 1977 and 1982; and to Mr Godfrey B. Simmons for permission to make use of his late brother’s lists.
  • To Dr Gregory Walker for permission to make use of the quinquennial lists compiled by him and published in Oxford Slavonic Papers in 1987, 1994 and 1998.
  • To the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, for permission to use the 1997-2001 quinquennial list compiled by Dr Walker and published in The Slavonic and East European Review in 2004.
  • To the many staff members of university departments and libraries who have answered queries and offered advice.

This database, like the earlier printed bibliographies from which it is partly derived, is indebted to the catalogues of many university and national libraries, and to the Index to Theses (formerly Aslib Index to Theses), and more recently to the British Library’s EThOS database.

Picture credit. The above photograph of a 350 year-old yew tree is used by courtesy of Giorgos Vintzileos, and can be found on Flickr here.