• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


This Political Analysis and Public Policy programme which is offered by National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) targets the development of complex competencies related to conflict analysis and conflict resolution, public policy agenda-setting, stakeholder analysis, actor-centered approach to policy-making and implementation, social research, data collection and analysis of public policy issues, group work and leadership in dynamic environments.

Taught in English, the programme unites students from all over the world. The professors have very diverse professional experience representing renowned Russian and foreign universities, such as the University of Bern (Switzerland), University of Cambridge, UK, Latrobe University, Australia and University of Toronto, Canada.

The flexibility of the study plan is ensured by a wide variety of elective courses for both of the concentrations. The classes are scheduled mostly from 6 PM (3 PM for the 1st year of studies) till 9 PM, which makes it possible for the students to combine studies with part-time or full-time professional employment. The studies include professional internship during the 2nd year of studies, which plays important role in the Master Thesis research and further professional career.


The graduates build analytical and managerial careers in:

National, regional and global think tanks: Centre for Political Technologies, Foundation for the Development of Information Policy, Interlegal Foundation, ZIRCON Research Group, Levada Centre, Public Opinion Foundation - FOM, Russian Public Opinion Research Center – WCIOM, Russian Center for Policy Studies (PIR Center), Medialogia, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Gorbachev Foundation, Carnegie Foundation.

International human rights organizations and other NGOs: Transparency International, Moscow Helsinki Group, Memorial Centre, International Protection Centre, Centre for Democracy Development and Human Rights, Sova Centre, Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON), Public Verdict, Centre for Social and Labor Rights, Greenpeace etc.

Business Associations and large corporations: Moscow Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Business Russia, ROSATOM, Russian Railways Company, Kaspersky, GAZPROM, Severstal', Yandex, Norilsk Nickel Group, LUKOIL, Skolkovo Foundation.

National, regional and international governmental agencies: Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation, Ministry of information technologies and communications of the Russian Federation, Sberbank Rossii, Embassy of the United States (Moscow, Russia), International Organization for Migration, Delegation of the European Union to Russia, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Atomic Energy Agency.

Universities and academic institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences: Institute of World Politics and International Relations (IMEMO), Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION), Institute of Sociology, Institute of World History, Institute of Eastern Studies, Higher School of Economics.

Programme Structure

Course include:
  • Foundations of Public Policy
  • Conflict Management 
  • Modern Political Science  
  • Theory and Methodology of Political Research 
  • Human Rights in Globalizing World

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Motivation Letter
  • Interview
  • Copies of Bachelor Diploma(s)
  • Recommendation Letters (from employers and/or academic)
  • CV
  • Attested (by the Study Office of your academic institution) copy of bachelor’s thesis; copies of publications in scientific journals, student articles digests, etc.; or a text of an article, prepared for publication.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5624 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5624 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5624 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5624 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • 370 000 RUB / year

Living costs for Moscow

  • 41640 - 81440 RUB/month
    Living Costs

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


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