Ukrainian studies

Ukraine today is fascinating – as a place of reform under duress and as an example of a linguistically, ethnically and religiously pluralist society forging a new civic identity. Studying Ukrainian language and culture gives insights into a country where some of the great issues of the contemporary world are played out in everyday politics, culture and life. Monash is the only Australian university where Ukrainian studies is on offer.

Teaching Program

Ukrainian studies introduces students to the second largest Slavic country, its language, literature, culture and history.

Units are available for students with little or no previous knowledge of Ukrainian, as well as students already competent in Ukrainian. Ukrainian studies encourages students to study abroad under established arrangements with prestigious Ukrainian universities.


Undergraduate studies

Master's by coursework

Graduate Research

Find out more about the Arts Graduate Research Program.


The research strengths in Ukrainian studies are represented below. We welcome applications from prospective PhD and MA students wishing to conduct research on, or related to, the following key areas.

  • Recent and contemporary Ukrainian literature
  • Post-colonial approaches to the study of Ukrainian literature and culture
  • Culture and national identity in contemporary Ukraine
  • Ukrainian culture and society in Australia
  • Literary and cultural history of Ukraine from the 19th century to the present.

Please note that members of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics frequently co-supervise MA and PhD projects in disciplinary areas other than their own. If you intend to work on a project that combines Ukrainian studies and another discipline, we will organise the necessary complement of research expertise to meet your supervision needs.


Monash Ukrainian studies staff co-operate with the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and several Ukrainian universities, as well as international and national associations for Ukrainian studies and Slavic studies. View all staff.

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