This Master programme in Applied and Interdisciplinary History: Usable Pasts from National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) focuses on new historical approaches and methodologies, enabling students to develop strong research skills. Graduates are prepared for careers in the public sphere or in academia. The programme is based in St. Petersburg, which is a UNESCO World site and rich in museums, monuments, cultural-natural and archaeological heritage sites that provide unique opportunities for practical training.
The aim of the programme is to train highly-skilled specialists to succeed in non-academic positions that demand historical expertise or further excel in the pursuit of their academic career. The program has a practical approach, offering both traditional, research-related training methods as well as the development of practical tools pertinent to applied history. On the one hand, the programme is designed to prepare students for work in the public sphere right after graduation. On the other hand it produces graduates with a strong research background in preparation for an academic career and trains them in new historical approaches and methodologies to ensure their success when applying to PhD programmes.
Upon completion of the programme, graduates will be equipped with cutting edge historical methodologies and competences required for practical application of their knowledge in modern society.
Prospect careers include a wide range of jobs where skills in applied history are particularly useful such as museums, archives and libraries, media, non-profit organizations, public institutions, professional scientific institutions and environmental services connected with heritage (large museums, city councils, national parks), and more. Being trained in the programme graduates can also continue academic research on a PhD level.
Graduates from the programme will be researchers for a new century with broad interests, who have deep knowledge of the works of their colleagues in different branches of history and other social sciences, and also able to present their own original ideas, and are capable of fruitful collaboration both the international academic community and in interdisciplinary environment.
Specialization in applied and interdisciplinary history will allow the graduates possess a well-rounded education with both research and practical experience, a dual advantage in the international job market. They are expected to have widespread success in museum, archival, government, media, consulting, and educational careers.
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There is no mandatory requirement of previous academic or professional background to apply for this programme. However, the following backgrounds would complement greatly to help the student to achieve better academic performance and benefit the most from this programme: applicants with undergraduate degrees in all disciplines with strong commitment to study history.
Previous degree in History is NOT required.
Tuition fee in the national currency is 280,000 RUB per year.
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