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The international Masters degree programme in Urban Design is a joint programme of the Graduate School of Urbanism of the HSE University Russia and the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design. The educational process is built on the ‘research-based design’ methodology that involves tutors from the best world universities and practitioners of leading international firms. The programme is focusing on urbanization in developing countries where urban growth is the most significant now. The programme is aimed at the next generation of Urban Designers that will be able to work effectively in highly volatile conditions of the cities in Russia and rest of the world.

2 years
Full-time Programme
450 000 RUB/year
Tuition Fee in 2018
Russian government and HSE scholarships and tuition fee waivers not applicable
Instruction in English


AUD students on a field trip to Zelenograd

The second module of the course 'Urbanization in developing countries' by Nadya Nilina has completed

HSE Master’s Students Travel to South Africa

Last year, a team of Advanced Urban Design students from the Graduate School of Urbanism and Strelka Institute embarked on a research expedition to Johannesburg, where they studied problems associated with food security, poverty and inequality.

Theo Deutinger met with AUD students to discuss their final projects

AUD students are working on their thesis projects in groups led by Theo Deutinger and Anastasia Smirnova

Students visited Moscow Traffic Center

Welcome to Advanced Urban Design year two

The second year of the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design and HSE Graduate School of Urbanism joint programme 'Advanced Urban Design' has begun.

Tribal Land: the workshop by Theo Deutinger

«Game Changers 2: Tribal Land» workshop led by Theo Deutinger, architect and researcher. Using research-based design, they explore Moscow's Belyaevo district in order to understand, how different groups of local citizens can influence the urban environment, adapt to and change it

The Urban And Advanced: 12 Faces of the Master’s Programme

The Advanced Urban Design master’s programme, launched in 2016 by the HSE’s Graduate School of Urbanism in cooperation with the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, gathered students with different backgrounds and unique stories. Strelka Magazine found out what brought them all together, their expectations of studying in Russia and the goals they set for themselves and their native cities.

Learning from Shabolovka

As part of Week 4 of the Advanced Urban Design Master’s Programme, the students were asked to analyse Shabolovka Street through mapping its physical and social features. The main goal of the workshop was to explore the influence of HSE University (either positive or negative) on Shabolovka and to analyze its potential role. Divided into 6 research groups, the students were asked to gather and map available information and to come up with an observation or recommendation. Each group was working on one of the three suggested themes: buildings, infrastructure and people.

HSE Urban Specialists Create New Profession

Staff and students of HSE Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism discussed the prospects for the development of Urban Studies at HSE and in Russia at a meeting with the university’s senior management.

HSE and Strelka Institute to Launch Joint Master's Programme

The Graduate School of Urbanism at National Research University Higher School of Economics and Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design launch collaborative international Master's programme ‘Advanced Urban Design’