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The Master Degree in Applied and Interdisciplinary History: Usable Pasts offered by National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE)  is based in St. Petersburg, which is a UNESCO World site rich in museums, monuments, cultural, natural and archaeological heritage sites that provide unique opportunities for practical training. 

A large part of historical studies is conducted as applied research. Using and interpreting historical data enables historian to construct "usable pasts" as a tool for understanding the present and imagining possible and alternative avenues of future development. 

Applied history embraces methods and practices dealing with identification, preservation, interpretation, and presentation of historical artifacts, texts, structures, and landscapes. In one part of our training we focus on material objects in history and their meanings within the framework of heritage and memory studies. 

The other part of the training will encompass a critical approach to the politics of circulation of historically formed discourses of identity and legitimacy in present day society. The two-pronged approach to the complex problem of historical legacy and heritage will fill out the gap in professional training in history and provide a platform for creating interactive processes that link the historical object, the historian, and the public.

The programme objectives are the following:

  • To offer an innovative combination of fundamental and applied training in order to provide graduates with essential knowledge of global, comparative and transnational history, as well as specific expertise and skills related to the practice of applied history.
  • To provide the theoretical and interdisciplinary training necessary for the practice of applied history:
  • To emphasise the application of knowledge by concentrating on research work and by providing a practical focus for MA theses.
  • To train students in modern IT and software in order to help them develop skills in using historical data in a professional setting.
  • To introduce active learning methods (case studies, project and team work) into the learning process, as well as research seminars, master classes and internships of an international standard. A part of this training is devoted to developing skills related to the policy and practices of managing cultural and historical heritage. The programme aims to combine academic studies and research by organizing regular seminars and involving students in projects conducted by the Center for Historical Research, HSE – Saint-Petersburg.



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Programme Structure

Course included:

  • Historical Textual Criticism
  • Theory and History of Culture
  • History of Historical Science
  • Historical Memory and Identity Narratives
  • Technology, Science and Environment in History
  • Historical Heritage: Policy and Practices

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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General Requirements

  • International applicants whose previous degree was delivered completely in English language are exempt from this requirement (a confirmation letter from the university is required) 
  • CV, Motivation Letter, 1 or 2 Reference letters
  • at least a Bachelor degree (any subject field)

Tuition Fee

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    4256 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4256 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • 280,000 RUB per year.

Living costs for Saint Petersburg

  • 34733 - 58700 RUB/month
    Living Costs

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