• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
This Master Programme in Comparative Politics of Eurasia from National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) responds 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. 

About

The Comparative Politics of Eurasia at National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) programme’s location in St. Petersburg, with its extraordinary cultural and historical heritage, will provide students with unique opportunities for cultural enrichment, historical understanding, and Russian language acquisition.

The HSE St. Petersburg Masters 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.

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.

The Programme’s location in St. Petersburg with its extraordinary cultural and historical heritage will provide students with unique opportunities for cultural enrichment, historical understanding and the learning of Russian language. Within the structure of the programme, students can take classes in Russian Language and in the History of Russian Art and Culture.

The rigorous conceptual and methodological design of the programme means that it is accessible to good students from all academic backgrounds and with different professional experiences.

Career:

Through the programme, students will attain the subject and disciplinary knowledge, the methodological expertise and the professional sophistication to successfully pursue careers in the public or private sector; including in academia, think tanks, risk and business consultancies, political consultancy, the government and international organizations, NGOs, the media and journalism, and diplomacy.

Programme Structure

Course include:

  • Social Network Analysis
  • East Asia: Politics and Society
  • Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century
  • Geopolitics of Europe
  • States and Conflicts in the Caucasus-Caspian Sea Region
  • Russia's Identity in World Politics (from Global South to Global Nomads)
  • Historical, Political and Economic Integration of BRICS

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Scan of the main passport pages (with photo and name etc.).
  • Scan of the diplomas and academic transcripts (if you have not yet received your Bachelor’s diploma, please include an official copy of your most recent academic transcript).
  • Letter of motivation (describing your reasons for applying in the context of your long-term career goals and background, 500 words).
  • Resume/CV (including information about your education, professional, and research experience, as well as language proficiency and other skills.
  • Exam results confirming language proficiency (optional).
  • Full texts or annotations of the applicants' research projects (optional).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4256 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4256 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4256 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4256 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Tuition fee in the national currency is 280,000 RUB per year.

Living costs for Saint Petersburg

  • 34733 - 58700 RUB/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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