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Open Elective and Optional Courses

HSE’s flexible study system allows students to choose an individual educational track in order to acquire knowledge in the areas that are interesting and important for them.

Students choose subjects from the approved curriculum of the educational programme and form their individual curricula, which include:

  • All subjects from the programme curriculum’s core (default)
  • Subjects from the variable part of the programme curriculum, according to the list and to the rule of choice (1 out of 2; 2 out of 4, etc.).

As a result, a student’s individual curriculum for one academic year should include at least 60 credits.

Almost all programme curricula include a list of optional courses recommended for students in the programme. It is up to students whether to include a certain optional course in their individual curriculum. Credits for these subjects are accumulated above the necessary 60 credits a year, which means that a student is fully responsible for the grades received for these courses.

There are three types of subjects (courses) that are not included in programme curricula. They vary by target audiences and conditions of choice and assessment:

MAGOLEGO, or ‘elective courses from open university list’ – these are subjects from an obligatory list of elective courses to be chosen by first-year Master’s students in all educational programmes.

OPEN OPTIONAL COURSES – courses in various fields of study that can be studied by students of any faculty, class year, or educational programme. Their important feature is that they can be studied not only by HSE students, but also by anyone from other Moscow universities or elsewhere who has a wish to do so.

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