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Programme Overview

Programme description

The Master’s Programme in International Relations in Eurasia is a further development of our cooperation with the University of Kent (UK), it is unique in its structure, education methods and topics. The programme has been developed in partnership with the Department of International Relations and Politics and University College London (UCL). 

The programme includes a core group of courses in international relations and political science which are taught at the University of Kent, UCL and at the HSE (at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs), as well as two specialized modules in the final part of study involving some courses in international relations and world political economy and political science.

The programme is administered by an international Academic committee which includes representatives from the University of Kent, UCL and the HSE.

All students (Russian and international from partner universities and other countries) will study at the HSE (second year) and at the partner university in the UK (first year). The teaching is carried out in English. Graduates receive master’s degrees from both the HSE and one of the UK universities.

The programme is aimed at preparing students to work in international business, politics and science. The basis of the programme is methods of complex analysis of political and economic problems and trends in international relations, as well as the study of the political and economic problems in some of the most important regions in the world. A special focus is placed on issues of strengthening correlations between the economy and politics in modern international affairs.

The format of the programme is a two-year master’s programme. Half of the courses in the programme are standard and compulsory for all, the other half will be offered as optional.

Graduates of this programme will be in-demand in Russian and foreign governmental bodies, international organizations, research and consulting organizations, private companies, NGOs and the media. Taking into account the fact that a special emphasis in the programme is placed on the problem of the economic perspective of international relations, graduates can work as experts in relationships between Russian and international business and governmental bodies, and as experts on foreign policy support of entrepreneurship, who have deep knowledge of international relations, world economy and world politics.

Programme structure and organization

The programme is carried out by the HSE Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs in partnership with the University of Kent and UCL.

Teachers on the programme are professors at the HSE, the University of Kent in Canterbury and University College London. 

The programme is full-time and involves two years of education. During the first year the students study at the Department of International Relations and Politics, University of Kent (Canterbury, UK) or in UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). During the second year the students study in Moscow. The focus of the second year is on Eurasian policy.

The teaching is in English.

Total number of credits in the programme is 120 ECTS. Each year of education is worth 60 credits. The master’s thesis is defended on the second year, at the Higher School of Economics.

The programme is fee-paying. The programme is offered for Russian, British and other international students.

The programme is offering a new track “Emerging Markets of the BRICS Countries: China&Russia”. The track will be launched by HSE University (Russia) in cooperation with Tongji and Shanghai Universities (Shanghai). Universities, and their respective students, from South Africa, Brazil and India will join the track (program) in its later stages. As part of the deepening of horizontal cooperation between universities of the BRICS countries, students in this track will benefit from classes in different teaching environments. The track will train highly-qualified specialists in the field of international relations, with an in-depth specialization in the emerging markets of the BRICS countries.