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4671 EUR/year
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This Comparative Politics of Eurasia programme from National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE)  was created in response to the growing strategic importance of the wider Eurasian region. The programme curriculum is built around core conceptual training in comparative political science and comprehensive empirical training in contemporary methods of social science research.

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The Comparative Politics of Eurasia programme’s location in St. Petersburg, with its extraordinary cultural and historical heritage, will provide students with unique opportunities for diving into the Russian culture, understanding history, and acquiring the Russian language.

The National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) St. Petersburg Master's Programme in Comparative Politics of Eurasia responds to the growing strategic importance of the wider Eurasian region, including the former Soviet Union and the countries of East Asia, as well as the associated need for both national and international expertise in the comparative politics of this vital region. 

The programme provides for a discipline based professional training in Comparative Politics complemented with an advanced, specialist understanding of the unique and challenging political and social environment of the Eurasian region.

Conceptual Training

The programme curriculum is developed around a core conceptual training in comparative political science and a comprehensive empirical training in contemporary methods of social science research. Alongside this core, the programme offers an exciting range of elective courses in two broad groups. 

The first group, augmenting the core training in comparative political science covers: politics and society in contemporary Russia; the social and political transformations of Central Asia, China and Vietnam; and the political economy of post-communist development. A second, more multi-disciplinary grouping of courses includes those that cover: the international relations of Russia, Central Asia, China and Vietnam; Russia’s energy policies and dilemmas; and Russia’s geo-political standing in the context of the wider Arctic region.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Methodology and Research Methods of Political Science
  • Research Seminar "Eurasian Political Studies"
  • National Identity, Social and Political Development in Asia
  • Political Economy of Postcommunist Transformation
  • Postcommunist Politics and Society
  • Modern Political Science
  • Cold War Encounters

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The admission boards evaluate applications for full and partial scholarships places and fee-paying places.
  • Submit an Application Form
  • Your application will be evaluated by the admission committee of your chosen degree programme. HSE will be holding its special admission campaign for international students and your application may be considered for both a state-funded place and a fee-paying place.
  • Prepare Your Documents
  • Scan of the main passport pages (with photo and name etc.)
  • Scan of the diplomas and academic transcripts 
  • Letter of motivation 
  • Resume/CV (including information about your education, professional, and research experience, as well as language proficiency and other skills.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4671 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4671 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

330 000 RUB


International students can apply to study at HSE for free through full-tuition scholarships. This merit-based scholarship will completely waive all tuition fees for selected full-degree Master's programmes at HSE. 

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