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Project Work

Dear FES students!

In the 2020/2021 academic year we introduce a new model of student project activities, integrating research seminars, projects and working on course papers and diplomas for both undergraduate and graduate FES students. The model will allow as taking another step towards project-based learning (PBL). It will also allow you to choose your track of studies – more academic (if you plan, for example, to enter a PhD program, or associate your career with academia, teaching and research) or more applied (if, for example, you plan your career in business). Moreover, from a great variety of projects, you’ll be able to choose the one that fits well your research interests (someone is fond of international finance, someone prefers to study firm efficiency, someone wished to focus on educational policy, etc.) and immediately dive into examining a narrow topic and getting skills in the chosen field. There is no longer any need to be a part of a one-for-everyone project or attend a scientific research seminar, organized for the entire course (with a few exceptions, see below).

The essence of the new model is as follows.

  • Research seminars, working on a project, and writing term papers and diplomas will be incorporated into a single educational unit, which we call the Project.
  • The project team consists of a project supervisor (a faculty member of the FES or other departments), co-supervisors (may be from the HSE or from outside, including potential employers), and students (~10 students).
  • The project team works on a single topic or task. The group members meet regularly at the research project seminar (RPS). Students write course papers and diplomas under the supervision of project (co-)supervisors.
  • Students from different years of study participate in the project. Your team can include both 1st-year undergrads and 2nd-year master’s. The number of students is indicated in the project description.
  • There are two types of projects – academic and practice-oriented ones.
  • Participation in the project is mandatory for all FES students. Each student participates in 1 project. Failing to participate in a project incurs an academic failure.
  • There is no other way to complete course papers and diplomas but within a project. Regardless of the type of project (research, practice-oriented), student papers be prepared both collectively and individually (within the framework of a common topic).
  • 1-3-year undergrads and 1-year master’s write a course paper (please note, that now the 1st year undergrads have also a course paper to prepare), 4-year undergrads and 2-year master's write a diploma.
  • Projects will be implemented in Russian, English, or both.

The RPS is held from October 1 to March 28 according to the schedule announced by the project supervisor. RPS can be conducted in the format of a webinar or in the classroom.

The project supervisor can specify the requirements for the elective courses the students wishing to participate in the project. Keep these requirements in mind when creating a pool of elective courses for the next academic year.

In addition to the project, we keep the methodological scientific research seminar for

  • 4-year undergrads. Scientific research seminar will be conducted during the first module (28 academic hours).
  • 1-year master's. Scientific research seminar will be conducted in the first semester (56 academic hours).

The participation in “basic” projects (linked to selective courses) will no longer be offered.

Please note that the topics of course papers and diplomas are agreed with academic supervisors and fixed in a standard way in November. If the topic is not included in the LMS and approved by the supervisor by November 20, an academic failure is fixed. 

You can ask any questions about the new model to Maria Semenova, the academic director of the FES student project activities, and Olga Muradyan, the project manager, at the forum created at Piazza.com. Access to the forum opens after registration here: piazza.com/hse.ru/other/pfes2020_students


Dean of FES

Sergey Pekarsky

Academic director of FES student project activities

Maria Semenova

You can find more information at the project activities page: https://economics.hse.ru/pro_fes.

The project work is organized in accordance with the Regulations for HSE student Project Work, Research and Internships

Faculty of Economic Sciences has developed the following guidlines 

Project Work Guidlines (DOCX, 34 Кб)