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Critical Media Studies

National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE)

Master Online Blended
24 months
5520 EUR/year
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The Critical Media Studies programme from National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) has an interdisciplinary orientation, focusing on the political and cultural economies of mainstream and alternative media channels as well as on media and wider cultural representations ranging from class, gender and race. 

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The new Master’s programme in Critical Media Studies offered by the Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design from National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE)  will give students the opportunity to explore a wide range of media forms – from television and radio broadcasting to online social media – while implementing a number of theoretical frameworks, from political economy to cultural studies and more. 

This interdisciplinary programme will employ approaches, methods and perspectives allowing for diverse media practices in contemporary and global landscapes to be interpreted, explored and analysed.

During Studies

Students enrolled in the programme will gain expertise in contemporary media production and the industry itself, while also mastering the theoretical tools for analysing media representations of different social groups (class, race, gender, etc.) in Russia, the post-Soviet space, as well as the wider global context.

With a goal of enabling students to develop their critical, analytical and research skills, the programme curriculum includes three required core courses and approximately 20 elective courses. The three core courses provide students a comprehensive overview of the critical media studies landscape and include:

  • The Political Economy of Media
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Media Practices

Finally, students will design and develop their own innovative research projects under the guidance of leading international experts in the field.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme will be well suited for careers in media or cultural institutions, academia, and the government sector, including as it relates to content creation, consulting, and directing in media and cultural organizations.


State Accreditation

Programme Structure

  • In addition to the core curriculum, the programme will offer 3-4 short-term seminars each year (each lasting a couple weeks or a couple of months) designed and taught by guest lecturers from leading universities abroad.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • 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


Blended, Online

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

    5520 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5520 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

390 000  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. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Critical Media Studies
National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE)