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Programme Overview

Since its founding in 2008, the Master's Programme 'International Relations: European and Asian Studies' has provided students with expertise in international relations and trained specialists for future work in the sphere of foreign policy and international economic activity. The programme curriculum also focuses on the relationship between economics and politics in international relations.

In light of the significant changes an increasingly inter-connected world has brought, the programme examines global governance issues in particular, including international economic and political regulation (the role of national states, issue of state sovereignty, how it makes institutions, norms, rules and values functioning).

Key aspects of the programme

Unique teaching methodology
The majority of the courses are taught in English. The teachers include practitioners: former ambassadors, Foreign Ministry officials, lecturers from San Francisco, lobbyists who influence Russian foreign policy. A number of courses involve practical tasks that help students form valuable practical skills.
Leading expertise in international relations
The programme employs leading professors from the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs and draws in experts with international experience and professors from other universities. Students can interact with top research institutes, international organisations, government bodies and private companies during their studies.
A combination of theoretical and practical skills
The programme includes disciplines that focus on in-depth study of foreign policy and economics. A special feature of the programme is the research internship, which takes place in state and municipal institutions, private companies and the media. During the internship, students conduct research and contribute to the execution of a real-world project created by a client organisation.
Personalised learning
The programme includes four specialisations: ‘Asian Studies’, ‘European Studies’, ‘Near and Middle East’ and ‘Russia in the World’. This allows students to develop a deeper knowledge of crucial for international relations regions and to successfully advocate for public and private sector interests.
Who is this programme for?

The Master’s Programme ‘International Relations: European and Asian Studies’ is intended for those who:

  • want to develop a deep understanding of international relations in the regions of the European Union, Asia, the Middle East, Russia and build knowledge of their history, politics and institutions.
  • aim to develop advanced professional, analytical and research skills in international relations.
Where will I work?

The programme focuses on training high-demand professionals in the field of foreign policy and economics in Russia and abroad. Graduate destinations both nationally and internationally include:

  • Russian government structures (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Development)
  • International political organisations (UN, EAEU, CIS)
  • Audit companies (PwC, KPMG, Deloitte, Earnst & Young)
  • Consulting companies (McKinsey&Co., BCG, Bain & Co., Oliver Wyman)
  • Energy sector (Gazprom, Lukoil, Sibur, Tatneft)
  • Research institutes (institutes within the Russian Academy of Sciences, EAEU institutes)
  • Media (Kommersant, Izvestia, RBC, TASS, Echo of Moscow)
What tasks will I be able to perform?

Graduates of the Master’s Programme will be able to:

  • conduct analysis of foreign policy and international economics;
  • provide recommendations on the activities of government and business entities involved in foreign policy and international relations, including diplomatic, trade and economic, scientific, educational and informational, cultural and other modern bilateral and multilateral communications and relations;
  • provide expert support for international economic and political projects and programmes;
  • present the results of your work in the form of reports, policy briefs, position papers, essays, articles, designed in accordance with modern requirements.


Basic courses

Adaptive courses

'Asian Studies' specialisation

'European Studies' specialisation

'The Middle East' specialisation

'Russia in the World' specialisation

Programme advantages

Upon enrolling in the master’s programme students choose one of four specialisations: ‘European Studies’ (focusing on the European Union), ‘Asian Studies’, ‘Near and Middle East’ and ‘Russia in the World’. This allows you to build a better understanding of the particular region and be in great demand as a professional in Russia and internationally.

The programme is predominantly taught in English. There are international students and foreign teachers involved in the programme which facilitates the exchange of experience and helps build intercultural links. Students from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belgium, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and France have completed the programme.

To better immerse in the culture of other countries, students can take part in the student exchange programme. HSE partner institutions include Harvard, Stanford and many other universities in Asia and Europe. The Faculty has many international partners such as Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University (USA); the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (USA); George Washington University (USA); the International Institute for Strategic Studies (USA); Sciences Po (France); East Chine Normal University (China); UCES University (Argentine) and others.

The teaching staff on the programme includes HSE teachers and teachers from other universities and academic organizations such as the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, the Moscow State University, the St. Petersburg State University, the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Among them are T.A. Romanova, Associate Professor at HSE, N.B. Kondratieva, Scientific Secretary of the Institute of Europe, K.V. Entin, Head of the Expert Analytical Department of the Court of the Eurasian Economic Union, and Maria Khodinskaya-Golenischeva, Senior Advisor of the Foreign Policy Planning Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The Programme Manager is T.V. Bordachev, Research Director of the Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies (CCEIS), leading Russian expert on Russia-EU relations, head of research programmes of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy (CFDP), Programme Director of the Valdai International Discussion Club.