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The programme provides students with professional research and writing skills to allow them to excel on the international professional research labour market. They will be well-qualified to build careers in academia or as experts in international organizations (and companies) such as the World Bank, International Labour Organization, OECD, UNESCO, UNICEF. Students will learn how to write scientific articles based on the analysis of empirical data and to publish these articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Our graduates will be well qualified to continue their careers within the PhD programmes of our international partners or in collaboration with the HSE academic PhD programme.

2 years
Full-time Programme
Instruction in English
Christian Fröhlich, Head of HSE Master’s Programme 'Comparative Social Research'


Culture, Democracy, and Development: An Event in Honor of Ronald Inglehart

This special occasion celebrates Ron’s career and tremendous contributions to the social sciences and to center and department at the University of Michigan. The distinguished speakers include: Amaney Jamal (Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics and Director, Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University); Alejandro Moreno (Professor of Political Science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and the Director of public opinion polling at Reforma); and Roberto Stefan Foa (Lecturer in Political Science, School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne).

8th Annual Conference in Political Economy “The Political Economy of Inequalities and Instabilities in the 21st Century” (Berlin, September 13-15, 2017)

IIPPE, CPERN and IPE call for general submissions for the Conference but particularly welcome those on its core themes of inequalities and instabilities, which will be the focus for the plenary sessions. Proposals for presentations will, however, be considered on all aspects of political economy. New participants committed to political economy, interdisciplinarity, history of economic thought, critique of mainstream economics, and/or their application to policy analysis and activism are encouraged to submit an abstract. Deadline is April 1, 2017.

LCSR invites to participate in 7th ESRA Conference

Laboratory for Comparative Social Research in cooperation with the World Values Survey Association and United Arab Emirates University organizes a panel «Comparative Survey Analysis Using WVS Data: Social Challenges and Global Value Shifts» within the 7th Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA). If you are interested in the participation please submit your abstracts through ESRA web-site by the 4th of December 2016.

Call for Research Assistants at the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research

The Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR) is looking for Research Assistants for its Moscow and St. Petersburg offices. Bachelor, master, or doctoral students reading for a degree in sociology, political science, or economics are particularly welcome to apply. Successful candidates will sign a part-time contract with the LCSR for 20 hours a week.

International Students Can Now Apply to HSE through a Simplified Procedure

HSE’s Admission Rules for the 2017/2018 academic year have undergone some changes in regards to international admission. The admission track is now unified for students from both CIS and non-CIS countries. Thus, only two exams must be passed in order to be accepted into a given undergraduate programme, while competitions for Master’s programmes only require a portfolio and an interview. The rules for International Olympiad Competitions have also been changed. Registration for these competitions ends on November 15.

Teaching Quality Assessment

From its very inception, our University has always paid special attention to the quality of teaching. Getting feedback on how you assess the studied courses and the work of your teachers is an important part of quality evaluation. Programme leadership need to understand how successful individual courses are, and if their syllabuses should be modified. Teachers use evaluation results and recommendations to learn if the course requires adjustments and to plan its further development.  

Banking Cards for HSE Students

HSE has gradually begun transitioning payment of scholarships to VTB 24 cards. Cards will initially be issued to first-year Bachelor’s, Specialist and Master’s students. Scholarship payments for first-year students will be transferred only to VTB 24 cards.

Christian Welzel will give lectures to the HSE graduate students

On 20th and 21st of September Christian Welzel will give two lectures to the students of the HSE master’s programme 'Comparative Social Research'.

Social Science Helps Solve Problems

Regional Conference on World Association of Public Opinion Research dedicated to Survey Research and the Study of Social and Cultural Change is taking place at HSE Moscow September 15-17, 2016 in partnership with World Values Survey. Ronald Inglehart, Academic Supervisor of HSE Laboratory for Comparative Social Research and the Founding President of the World Values Survey (WVS) has talked to HSE News Service about the role of sociology in the modern world and the changes in values and beliefs around the world.

‘A Scientist Must Be a Curious Person’

Monika Wohlrab-Sahr, Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Leipzig in Germany, began her involvement with HSE when she started working with two young scholars – Christian Fröhlich, an Assistant Professor at HSE and a former PhD student of hers, and Rafael Mrowczynski, who has served as a DAAD-lecturer at HSE. Ahead of her upcoming visit to Moscow, where she will present her work on ‘Multiple Secularities’ and give a seminar on Qualitative Methods, Professor Wohlrab-Sahr spoke with the HSE news service about her work, her academic interests, and her views on the key attributes researchers need today.