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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).


The program includes two types of specialization – 'Asian Studies' and 'European Studies', which are focused on training specialists who can advocate the interests of state and private sectors in both regions. In particular,

• The European Union is the main subject of interest for students that choose 'European Studies' as the EU is the main Russia’s economic partner and its civilizational orienting point.

• For students of 'Asian Studies' the Asia-Pacific region is the core object as a rapidly growing political and economic actor on the international arena and as one of the primary directions of Russian foreign policy in the beginning of the 21 th century.


The programme lasts 2 years.

Basic courses:

  1. Global political economy
  2. Research methodology in international relations and foreign policy
  3. World politics and international economic relations

Adaptive courses:

  1. Contemporary issues of international relations
  2. Basics of economic and statistical analysis of the world economy

Courses of 'Asian Studies':

  1. Northeast Asia in a globalizing world: economics, politics, security
  2. China and ASEAN as subjects of regional policy and economics
  3. East Asian type of capitalism as a model of modernization
  4. Research seminar «Political and economic analysis of international relations in Asia»

Courses of 'European Studies':

  1. European policy and EU institutions (theory and practice of public administration in the EU institutions and agencies)
  2. Internal market and the EU law
  3. History and theory of European integration
  4. Research seminar «Analysis and forecast of the EU activity»

The program also offers special elective courses.


The knowledge and skills acquired in the Master’s Programme 'International Relations: European and Asian Studies' prepare students to work in the following places of employment:

  • Russian and international companies;
  • Foreign offices of Russian companies;
  • Non-profit organizations (funds, councils etc.);
  • Government agencies and municipalities;
  • Think tanks and consulting firms;
  • PR-agencies;
  • Research institutions;
  • Mass media;
  • Educational institutions.

Potential skills and knowledge

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

  • Conduct analytical processing of foreign policy and international economic data;
  • Make up appropriate forecasting and analytical recommendations on the issues of government and business activities that are involved in foreign policy and implementation of international relations including diplomatic, trade and economic, scientific, educational, cultural and other contemporary bilateral and multilateral communication exchanges and relations;
  • Provide expert support of international economic and political projects and programs;
  • Represent the results of the work accomplished in the form of reports, analyzes and policy briefs, essays and articles composed according to current requirements and norms.

Program’s Advantages

The programme is one of the most international programmes of HSE. Students from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belgium, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and France have completed the programme.

Furthermore, 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.