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Summary of Degree Programme

Field of Studies

41.04.04 Political Science

Approved by
Directive issued 15.08.2014 No. 6.18.1/1508-10
Last Update
26.08.2019, the Academic Council Minutes No.1
Network Programme


Length of Studies, Mode of Studies, Credit Load

2 years

Full-time, 120

Language of Instruction


Instruction in English

Degree Level


Double-degree Programme


Competitive Advantages
  1. For many decades, the social sciences have rewarded narrow specializations in both topic and methodology, believing this to be the best way to achieve results. The established systems of higher education have also strongly supported this trend through the development of stand-alone departments. However, today, the task of addressing real-life economic, social, political and environmental problems and designing appropriate policy responses requires a combination of approaches and bodies of knowledge across different sciences and intellectual traditions. Real-world problems like climate change, pollution, crime and disease recognize no state borders, so the tradition of insulating disciplines, methodologies and geographic areas of expertise is harmful because it allows disciplinary biases and blind spots to obscure needed solutions. Faced with these challenges, academics, activists, and policymakers should build on a growing trend towards research and policymaking that promotes creativity and sustainability by explicitly working at the interdisciplinary crossroads of the social sciences and humanities and within teams of open-minded individuals from diverse intellectual backgrounds.
  2. The Master’s Programme “Politics. Economics. Philosophy” offers training that cuts across three core disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities. Our programme combines the attention to modern problems and an emphasis on rigorous methods of research and evidence-based policy advice and expertise in Political Science and Economics, with sensitivity to normative and ethical issues required to implement policy in the real world that derives from Philosophy. In this respect the Master’s Programme “Politics. Economics. Philosophy” follows in the traditions of the great thinkers of the past (“standing on the shoulders of giants”) and the spirit and purpose of the Oxford-style Politics, Philosophy, and Economics programs to address the pressing issues of today.
  3. The “core” of the program is supported by blocks (modules) of disciplines aimed at developing specific competencies and allowing students to develop systematic ideas about the interconnections between political and economic processes in modern society and to become fully prepared to solve complex problems in multidisciplinary and international teams.
  4. The Master’s Programme “Politics, Economics, Philosophy” encourages students to do research into the political, economic, and moral dimensions of real-life social problems of various origins and to integrate tools and insights from its three core disciplines with an eye on changing the world for the better.
  5. The student body consists of individuals with diverse national and educational backgrounds.
  6. The Programme welcomes international student mobility. Among our partners are PPE Programme at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany; Philosophy & Economics Programme at Bayreuth University, Germany.
  7. Cooperation with centres and labs in the Higher School of Economics where students can take part in research and applied projects. The list of partners includes Laboratory for Monitoring the Risks of Socio-Political Destabilization, the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development, Joint Department with Centre for Political Technologies, etc.
  8. Agreements for students’ internship placements with research centres in HSE and external research organizations, including the Centre for Political Technologies, Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences, etc.
Professional Activities and Competencies of Programme Graduates

Students of the Programme are trained to perform the following professional activities as stated by the Educational Standard of Higher Education of National Research University Higher School of Economics in Political Science (Master’s Degree Level):

  • Research and Teaching;
  • Administrative Activities;
  • Expert and Analytical Activities;
  • Project Activities;
  • Communications and Consulting.

List of professional competencies of the graduate includes the following:

  • has the capacity to use up-to-date research findings in Political Science and the cognate disciplines, to apply Political Science’s approaches to practical tasks in one’s professional activities;
  • has the capacity to work with up-to-date academic literature and to analyze the state-of-the-art and rising trends in Political Science;
  • has the capacity to use up-to-date empirical databases in one’s academic and project activities, as well as to develop databases for research and practical purposes independently;
  • has the capacity to analyze empirical data (from political, economic and sociological research) relying on the latest qualitative and quantitative methods and with the use of the relevant software;
  • has the capacity to build and analyze mathematical models for socio-political systems and processes;
  • has the capacity to design academic and applied research, including research carried out by teams, with a focus on the most up-to-date methodologies, methods and approaches employed by Political Science, Social Sciences and the Science in general;
  • has the capacity to plan and organize political (advocacy) campaigns;
  • has the capacity to organize and carry out political analysis of socially significant projects;
  • has the capacity to establish professional communications with the authorities and municipal administrations;
  • has the capacity to independently draw up analytical materials (reviews, memos, reports, recommendations, etc.) and proposals for participants of political decision-making.
Programme Modules

Adaptation courses:

  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Philosophy

Core courses:

  • Modern Political Science
  • Contemporary Economics
  • Methodology and Research Methods of Political Science and Economics
  • Intellectual History (Economic, Social and Political Thought)
  • Data Analysis in the Social Sciences



  • Comparative Economic Systems
  • State and Economy
  • Economics of Transition and Emerging Markets
  • Culture, Social Capital and Development Through History


  • (Dis)Order and Governance in the Global Age
  • Explaining Contemporary Russian Politics: Institutions and Practices
  • Ethnoconflictology
  • Transformations of Post-Soviet Space: Politics, Societies, Economies



  • Political Ethics and Social Justice
  • Philosophy of New Social Movements
  • Public Choice Theory



  • Research Seminar
  • Project Seminar
Options for Students with Disabilities

This degree programme of HSE University is adapted for students with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. Special assistive technology and teaching aids are used for collective and individual learning of students with SEN and disabilities. The specific adaptive features of the programme are listed in each subject's full syllabus and are available to students through the online Learning Management System.

Programme Documentation

All documents of the degree programme are stored electronically on this website. Curricula, calendar plans, and syllabi are developed and approved electronically in corporate information systems. Their current versions are automatically published on the website of the degree programme. Up-to-date teaching and learning guides, assessment tools, and other relevant documents are stored on the website of the degree programme in accordance with the local regulatory acts of HSE University.

I hereby confirm that the degree programme documents posted on this website are fully up-to-date.

Vice Rector Sergey Yu. Roshchin

Summary of Degree Programme 'Politics. Economics. Philosophy'

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