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Master’s Programme 'Comparative Social Research'

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.

Students get to engage in an international learning environment, with lecturers and other learners from all over the world. They also take part in international research projects, participate in research internships, either in Russia or at one of our partner institutions aboard, as well as have an opportunity to obtain a second degree in Germany or France through one of our double degree tracks.

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
Instruction in English
Russian government and HSE scholarships and tuition fee waivers available
Christian Fröhlich, Head of HSE Master’s Programme 'Comparative Social Research'

Important announcements


Teaching Quality Assessment: Module 1

Untill October 21 (23:59) HSE students have an opportunity to assess the quality of their teachers’ work.

IOE Researcher Interns at OECD Headquarters in Paris

IOE research assistant and the student of Master's programme Comparative Social Research, Anastasia Andreeva has recently set off for Paris, France to take up an academic internship with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). During her stay, Anastasia will focus on exploring various frameworks in measuring educational innovations.

Illustration for news: HSE Day For Everyone

HSE Day For Everyone

On September 13, the annual HSE Day will take place in Gorky Park. This is an exciting event, open to people of all ages and backgrounds. Every year, the choice of activities becomes longer and longer. Find out here what’s on offer – there’s something for everyone.

HSE Joins ARWU Top-100 in Two Subject Areas

The Higher School of Economics (HSE) has entered the Top-100 in Sociology and Mathematics of the Shanghai Ranking. It is also now the leader on this ranking among Russian universities in Economics, Political Science and Management.

Illustration for news: New Registration Rules Now in Place for Foreign Citizens in Russia

New Registration Rules Now in Place for Foreign Citizens in Russia

On July 8, amendments to Russian migration legislation regulating the registration of foreign citizens coming to the Russian Federation came into effect. They concern, in particular, HSE’s international employees and students. The most important change: you now must be registered at the place where you actually live.

Illustration for news: New Double Degree with EHESS Paris

New Double Degree with EHESS Paris

HSE and L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) have signed an agreement for the provision of a double degree track for the HSE’s Master's programme in Comparative Social Research. This is the second double degree track being offered to students of this programme. Earlier this year, a similar agreement was signed with the Free University of Berlin.

Illustration for news: Official opening of the Double Degree track

Official opening of the Double Degree track

On June 7th, the official opening of the Double Diploma joint master program (Comparative Social Research HSE + East European Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin) was held at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. The event was attended by representatives of both universities, German Embassy in Russia and DAAD.

Illustration for news: Hanspeter Kriesi will give two lectures at HSE

Hanspeter Kriesi will give two lectures at HSE

LSCR Chief Research Fellow Hanspeter Kriesi will give a couple of introductory lectures at HSE on April, 16th and 18th.

Illustration for news: Ronald Inglehart and Christian Welzel will present Russian editions of their monographs at the XIXth April International Academic Conference

Ronald Inglehart and Christian Welzel will present Russian editions of their monographs at the XIXth April International Academic Conference

At the upcoming XIXth April International Academic Conference On Economic and Social Development, the leading staff of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research will present Russian editions of their latest monographs.

Discovering HSE and Russia: Yoga in Moscow

In addition to interviews with international faculty, The HSE Look has launched a new feature – a column about their life in Russia, what they discover in different cities, and interesting venues at HSE and beyond. If you have an interesting experience to share, please contact us at ifaculty.support@hse.ru. In this issue, we present a column by Lili Di Puppo on practicing yoga in Moscow.