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About the Programme

Program summary

The main aim of the "Population and Development" programme is to train the specialists who will be ready for practical development problems solution. These challenges could be results of rapid changes in social and economic sphere or on the other hand be set by the public administration on different levels to prevent the negative consequences of population changes or to utilize the positive demographic impact. 

The programme develops students’ skills in applying multi-disciplinary analytic approaches to population development and resource allocation issues that are essential for management and public administration in numerous sectors. The specialists graduated from our programme will have skills and knowledge in principals of population changes and social economic development. They will be able to use modern methods of data analysis and interpretation of the results. They will understand the capacities and limitations of the basic instruments of development and their practical usage.


The Academic Supervisor of the Population and Development master’s programme Vladimir Kozlov

Core Lecturers

The two-year programme offers a range of courses (including electives) taught in English by key specialists (PhD holders in Economics, Sociology, Geography, Philosophy, Math and Physics) in the field from the Higher School of Economics (Institute of Demography and Public Administration Department, Faculty of Economics) and its partner universities including Russian Academy of Science, New Economics School, Moscow Lomonosov State University, and RANEPA. Specialists from different public sector services and managers from private companies. Lecturers from international universities and research centers: (University of Chicago, Stockholm University, University of Southampton, Sapienza — Università di Roma).

What students will learn

A strong theoretical background and history of population development issues are provided together with up-to-date approaches to analyzing and projecting population structure and needs for resources. Based on this knowledge, population policy and key demographic challenges (that arose in the second half of the 20th century, present, and upcoming) are discussed.

The programme includes

Compulsory block of public administration courses:

  • Public economics
  • Theories and mechanisms of modern public administration
  • Compulsory block of basic professional courses:
  • Population change and economic development
  • Statistical analysis and statistical packages
  • Demography 

Elective courses:

  • Economics of population
  • Social policy: foundations and implementation
  • Migration studies and comparative migration policy
  • Inequality, poverty and quality of life. Trends,  measurement and policy
  • Ageing society and development
  • Health systems and health policy: comparative analysis 

Compulsory research activity

  • Research seminar
  • Course paper
  • Master’s dissertation

Career opportunities

  • Public administration work in government agencies and services at different levels.
  • International funds and non-governmental organizations (UN, WHO, the World Bank etc.).
  • Academic work at research centers and universities (starting with a PhD in a leading research centre).
  • Private companies (consulting, recruiting, marketing, insurance, pharmaceutical, and healthcare).

What makes this program different

  • International relationship with the leading universities in our field
  • Scholars with high qualifications
  • International diploma
  • Access to the electronic libraries and other resources provided by HSE
  • Unique library provided by the Institute of Demography
  • 15 budget places and special Quotas for international students (for 20-25 persons)
  • Dormitories
  • Flexible elective courses system

Application requirements

Portfolio including English language interview

Partner universities

  • INED (France)
  • Max Plank University – Demographic Department (Germany)
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France)
  • Sapienza – Università di Roma (Italy)
  • Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)