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This programme provides students with the theoretical and methodological skills they need to investigate and analyze the similarities and differences among nations, cultures, and other social groups in order to understand how contemporary societies, social issues, and conflicts around the globe evolve.

Graduates are well-equipped for international careers in academia or research. Many of our students go on to doctoral programmes at our partner universities (or at HSE). Others begin their careers as research associates at international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, OECD, UNESCO, and UNICEF.

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

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Running a Comparative Empirical Programme in Social Research

Christian Fröhlich is Assistant Professor at the School of Sociology who has been at HSE since 2014. He also supervises an English-taught Master’s Programme ‘Comparative Social Research’. Christian Fröhlich has talked to HSE University bulletin, The HSE Look, about programme design, partnerships, and lessons learned from running the programme.

HSE Enters 13 QS Subject Rankings

The Higher School of Economics has made it onto 13 subject and two subject area rankings in the QS World University Ranking thanks to the university’s achievements as part of the Project 5-100. In addition, HSE was in the top 100 ranking for three subjects – Economics & Econometrics, Politics & International Studies, and Sociology – and it was the only Russian school in the Accounting & Finance 101-150 ranking. As for total number of subject rankings, HSE was third in Russia.

Expanding the Human Mind: Christian Welzel gave a lecture on TED Talks

Dr. Chris Welzel, LCSR's Chief Research Fellow, gave a TED talk titled "Moral Progress: Expanding the Human Mind" at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. Use the link to watch video.

Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR)

The Higher School of Economics Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR) in Moscow Russia invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of comparative studies. The Lab offers access to its software (SPSS, Stata, HLM, MPlus) and Russian data of the latest waves of the World Values Survey and European Values Study which will be collected in 2017. A CV, research statement and two letters of recommendation  should be submitted directly to via the online application form  by March 15, 2017 . Please note that direct applications to the hiring laboratory may not be reviewed.

HSE Faculty of Social Sciences to Offer Webinar on English-taught Master’s Programmes

On March 14, 2017, at 6:00 pm Moscow time, the HSE Faculty of Social Sciences will hold its first webinar for prospective international Master’s students. During the webinar, academic supervisors and leading lecturers will cover HSE’s English-taught Master’s programmes in political science, sociology and public administration.

HSE Talks Project Kicks Off

A series of lectures in English will be delivered at the ‘Socket and Coffee’ co-working space. The project offers its participants an opportunity to learn more about the most recent research findings and practice their English at the same time. The lectures start on February 28, 2017.

Genetic Factors, Cultural Predispositions, Happiness and Gender Equality

New article by Ronald Inglehart, Eduard Ponarin, and Ronald C. Inglehart.
Full texts of six new (forthcoming) publications by the Founding President of the WVSA Professor Ronald Inglehart are now available for downloading from the WVSA web-site free of charge. New publications provide empirical grounding and scientific reflections on the most recent social processes and phenomena happening in the world.

Call for papers: European Happiness Days, (Rotterdam, The Netherlands, March 20-22)

Starting on the official UN International Day of Happiness, the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation will organize the European Happiness Days at the Erasmus University Rotterdam from Monday March 20 until Wednesday March 22, 2017. The deadline for submission is February 9, 2017.

HSE Announces Olympiad Competitions for English-taught Master’s Programmes

In March 2017, International Olympiad Competitions will be held for perspective students interested in studying in Master’s programmes at HSE University. All current undergraduate students and recent university graduates students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree are invited to participate.

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).