MA in Political Philosophy


Program Description

Program Goals

The MA program in Political Philosophy is designed for students who are interested in philosophical reflection on the most complex and substantial issues underlying contemporary politics. The program offers a range of courses in modern political philosophy, as well as courses in social research methods. Political Philosophy studies the ways people organize their collective life and examines what “good society” means. Its particular focus lies with how our critical capacity and individual agency can transform the world we live in.

Program Advantages

The MА program in Political Philosophy is one of the few programs in this field existing in Russia, and the only international one, with the program’s core courses, taught in English. In addition to the prominent faculty members, many of whom hold international graduate degrees, classes are taught by visiting professors from the Central European University (Hungary), Utrecht University (Netherlands), and other partner institutions. the program’s core faculty is comprised of researchers, whose scholarly work on modernity, toleration, individuality, and other topics in modern political philosophy acquired national and international acclaim.

The program draws on the extensive tradition of political theorizing, yet the current Western-European oriented canon of political theory is balanced with major achievements in the study of politics by Eurasian and Russian thinkers. The program is designed around a comparative and cosmopolitan research agenda that aims at educating expert researchers as well as competent citizens of the world.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the program, the final MA dissertation can combine approaches from other academic fields, such as Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Cultural Studies and so on, provided that the conceptual core of the work lies within the field of Political Philosophy.

Key Disciplines

  • Research Methods in Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Digital Technologies in Social Research and Humanities
  • Academic Writing in Social Sciences and Humanities
  • History of Political Philosophy
  • Modern Political Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy and Gender
  • Philosophy of the Body and Biopolitics
  • Theory of Modernity
  • Subjects of Modernity
  • Micropolitics
  • Theory of Action
  • Contemporary Institutional Studies in Political Studies
  • Critical Reflection in Politics
  • Foreign Language

Career Opportunities

The program in Political Philosophy offers a range of courses in modern political theory and training in research skills, which would enable its graduates to work both in governmental and non-governmental organizations in administrative positions and at various academic establishments, as researchers or teachers.

Admission requirements:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s / Specialist’s degree (or equal) in Social Sciences or Humanities


Can I pay for this program in installments?

The tuition fees can be paid in several installments (up to 6) with the individual payment plan set up upon the student’s arrival and signing of the education contract.

Where is the Campus located?

51 Lenina Street, Ekaterinburg

What other funding options do you have for this program?

It is possible to get a discount for high performance in the Entrance exam (please, notice the price marked *)

What documents are required to apply to this program?

All the applicants should submit the following suite of documents to be checked by the Admission board:

  1. Scan of the applicant’s passport
  2. Notarized translation of the applicant’s passport into the Russian language
  3. Previous education documents (Bachelor diploma or equal) with their legalization/apostilles done in accordance with Russian education standards(for more information about these procedures, please see:
  4. Full academic transcript of grades (for the whole period of study)

Please, consider that the documents in English, French, and German are also accepted for preliminary eligibility check. But at the stage of Admission, all the documents require notarized translations into the Russian Language.

What is the admission process for this program?

To get admission to the Master’s Program, you need to go through 2 obligatory procedures, both of which can be performed in distant forms. The admission is granted if both procedures are successfully completed.

  • Document recognition:

All the applicants should submit the suite of required education documents (Bachelor’s Diploma + Transcript of grades for the whole period of study) to be checked by the Admission board (the check takes 2-4 days)

  • Interview

Each applicant should pass one entrance exam in the form of an interview via Skype with the Program Administrator. The interview is scheduled individually, all the details should be negotiated with the admissions manager.

Last updated Feb 2020

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