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Comparative Social Research

24 months
2246 EUR/year
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During this Comparative Social Research programme from HSE University, students have the opportunity to engage in an international learning environment, with lecturers and other learners from all over the world. 


The Master Degree in Comparative Social Research delivered by HSE University provides students with the theoretical and methodological skills they need to investigate and analyse similarities and differences among nations, cultures, and other social groups in order to understand the evolution of contemporary societies, social issues, and conflicts around the globe.

In this Comparative Social Research programme from HSE University, students take part in international research projects, participate in research internships, either in Russia or at one of our partner institutions aboard, as well as have an opportunity to earn a second degree in Germany or France through one of our double degree tracks.

Programme goal

The aim of our programme is to provide the theoretical and methodological tools required to shed light on differences between nations, cultures and other social groups. During seminars and lectures, our students investigate social problems and issues in today's world from a perspective of interconnectedness between the social action of individuals at different levels of collectivity, for example, at the level of society or culture.

Our programme provides in-depth insights into how individuals approach social reality, using either quantitative methodology for investigating norms and values or qualitative methodology for assessing individuals’ interpretations of their world.

Career Opportunities

As holders of an MA in social science, graduates of the programme are well-equipped for international careers as social researchers. Many of our students go on to doctoral programmes at our partner universities (or at HSE). Others begin their careers as research associates at international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, OECD, UNESCO, and UNICEF.


State Accreditation

Programme Structure

Course included:

  • Modern Sociological theory: Comparative Sociology 
  •  Methodology and Research methods in Sociology: Quantitative Research methods
  •  Methodology and Research methods in Sociology: Qualitative Research methods
  • Multi-level regression analysis
  • Theory and Methods of the Life-Course Approach

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 teamsAug 14- Aug 28: submission of all supporting documentsAug 28: Deadline for signing agreements and enrollment formsSept 1: Classes starting date depends on the choosen programmeDates apply to Moscow programmes only.Please note that some programmes begin on October 1.




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

English requirements

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

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

Students interested in the programme should prepare a portfolio application, which includes:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter (max. 1 page)
  • Research statement (max. 1 page)
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Transcripts of previous educational studies
  • English certificate (or interview in English)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2246 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2246 EUR per year during 24 months.

200 000 – 400 000 RUB/year

Living costs for Moscow

41640 - 81437 RUB /month
Living costs

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


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. Here is a link to explore:

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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