24 months
4246 EUR/year
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This Business and Politics in Modern Asia programme at National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) provides students with a range of skills needed to understand the developments that are taking place in contemporary East Asia. 

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This Business and Politics in Modern Asia programme at National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE)  concentrates both on the general Asian processes as well as at the development of particular countries, primarily China, Japan, Korea, and the region of South and Southeast Asia.

The program focuses mainly on the issues in business and political processes in Asia, including business and entrepreneurship, political and financial elites of the region, national-specific issues and intercultural communication between Europe, Russia and Asia.

The program combines two main approaches: academic and applied. On the one hand, the program covers the fundamentals of political, economic, social and national-specific processes in Asia. On the other hand, the program develops practical skills for cooperation with Asian countries, both at the level of political and business consulting, as well as at the level of everyday business.

Objectives of the program

As a result of the program, students should:

  • understand the basics of the methodology for analyzing, evaluating and forecasting political processes, economic and national-specific risks in modern Asia;
  • learn to communicate with the political and financial elites of Asia;
  • study the basics of Asian business, entrepreneurship, management, investments, trade, economic and political cooperation;
  • understand the strategy of promoting their interests in Asian markets, bringing foreign projects to Asia, and establishing multilateral Euro-Asian cooperation in politics and business connections;
  • learn to protect their interests when working in Asian markets, including intellectual property rights, patents, trademarks and technological secrets;
  • develop skills on building relationships between Asian, Russian and European partners, to understand the negotiation process, due diligences and compliance.

Career opportunities

The rapid development of Asian economies and East-West political and economic cooperation will continue to provide many careers in:

  • Political and business analytics and expertise in think tanks;
  • Consulting: political and economic consulting and crisis-management;
  • In government agencies departments and private companies developing business relations with Asian countries;
  • In SME, private entrepreneurship and networking in the crossroad of EU, Asia and Russia countries;
  • In public service and in media industry

Programme Structure

Course included:

  • The Key Problems in Asian Studies Research
  • Introduction to Business and Cross-Cultural Communication in Asian Countries
  • Methodology for Sociopolitical Research in East Asia
  • Research Seminar
  • Research Seminar "Cross-Cultural Communication in Asia"
  • National Identity, Social and Political Development in Asia
  • Politics, Elites and Governance in Asia
  • Russia and Asian Countries

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Nov 1-Aug 14: online applications may be submitted for preliminary selection; online (and in-person) candidate interviews will be held with programme teams
  • Aug 14- Aug 28: submission of all supporting documents
  • Aug 28: Deadline for signing agreements and enrollment forms
  • Sept 1: Classes starting date depends on the choosen programme
  • Dates apply to Moscow programmes only.
  • Please note that some programmes begin on October 1.




120 ECTS


On Campus, Blended

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • International prospective students applying for Master's programmes at HSE University can now get a jump start on the admissions process and get a sense of their chances of being accepted to HSE. There is no need to wait till summer or to come to Moscow.

  • Master's programmes in nine faculties, including the Faculty of Economic Sciences, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design, the Faculty of Computer Science, the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, the Faculty of Business and Management, the Institute of Demography and the Banking Institute, will conduct a preliminary online assessment of portfolios and hold online interviews. This will be particularly useful for those who wish to receive direct feedback from the programmes. 
  • The only thing you have to do is to sign up for a preliminary interview and portfolio evaluation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4246 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4246 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

300,000 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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