Master in Comparative Politics of Eurasia


Program Description

Programme Overview

The HSE University - St. Petersburg Master's Programme in "Comparative Politics of Eurasia" responds to the growing strategic importance of the wider Eurasian region, including the former Soviet Union and the countries of East Asia, as well as the associated need for both national and international expertise in the comparative politics of this vital region. The programme provides for a discipline-based professional training in Comparative Politics complemented with an advanced, specialist understanding of the unique and challenging political and social environment of the Eurasian region.

The programme curriculum is developed around a core conceptual training in comparative political science and a comprehensive empirical training in contemporary methods of social science research. Alongside this core, the programme offers an exciting range of elective courses in two broad groups. The first group, augmenting the core training in comparative political science covers politics and society in contemporary Russia; the social and political transformations of Central Asia, China and Vietnam; and the political economy of post-communist development. A second, the more multi-disciplinary grouping of courses includes those that cover: the international relations of Russia, Central Asia, China and Vietnam; Russia’s energy policies and dilemmas; and Russia’s geopolitical standing in the context of the wider Arctic region.

The Programme’s location in St. Petersburg with its extraordinary cultural and historical heritage will provide students with unique opportunities for cultural enrichment, historical understanding and the learning of Russian language. Within the structure of the programme, students can take classes in Russian Language and in the History of Russian Art and Culture.

The rigorous conceptual and methodological design of the programme means that it is accessible to good students from all academic backgrounds and with different professional experiences. Through the programme, students will attain the subject and disciplinary knowledge, the methodological expertise and the professional sophistication to successfully pursue careers in the public or private sector; including in academia, think tanks, risk and business consultancies, political consultancy, the government and international organisations, NGOs, the media and journalism, and diplomacy.


Core Theory (19 credits)

  1. Intro to Comparative Politics: Comparative Political Institutions (3 credits)
  2. Postcommunist Politics and Society (4 credits)
  3. Public Choice and Public Policy (4 credits)
  4. Media in Contemporary Politics and Society (4 credits)

Methods (11 credits)

  1. Research Methods in PolSci I (quantitative) (3 credits)
  2. Research Methods in PolSci II (qualitative) (3 credits)
  3. Computational Text Analysis or Social Network Analysis (5 credits)

Electives (minimum 38 credits)

  1. Political Economy of Post-communist Transformation (5 credits)
  2. Russia in World Politics (5 credits)
  3. Russia’s Electoral Politics: Comparative Perspective (5 credits)
  4. Nations and Nationalism in USSR and Russia (5 credits)
  5. Russia’s Civil Society: Comparative Perspective (4 credits)
  6. Conflict in the EU-Russia Relationship) (4 credits)
  7. East Asia: Politics and Society (4 credits)
  8. Post-Soviet Central Asia: Politics and Society (3 credits)
  9. Russia in Arctic Region (3 credits)
  10. Computational Text Analysis (3 credits)*
  11. Social Network Analysis (3 credits) *

Research and Practice (52 credits)

  1. Research/dissertation seminar (16 credits)
  2. Internship (12 credits)
  3. Master Dissertation (24 credits)

Optional **

  • Russian language (5 credits)

Admissions Requirements

Citizens and non-citizens of the Russian Federation including exchange students are welcome to apply:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, duly legalized and notary translated into Russian language (a university transcript can be submitted at the stage of application);
  • IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL iBT 80-90 / TOEFL PBT 500-550 / CAE / CPE / BEC (English natives and applicants whose previous degree was delivered in English language are exempt from his requirement);
  • Online application package;
  • CV and Motivation letter;
  • At least 1 reference letter;
  • Skype interview.

Native speakers of English and students who have completed a degree exclusively in English do not need to submit a proof of their proficiency in English. All other applicants should submit test results that are no more than two years old.

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Consistently ranked as one of Russia’s top three universities, the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE University) sets itself apart by its internationally-minded, research-dr ... Read More

Consistently ranked as one of Russia’s top three universities, the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE University) sets itself apart by its internationally-minded, research-driven approach to higher education. Based in the vibrant centre of Moscow, with campuses in St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Perm, HSE offers outstanding academics at all levels and includes more than 40 English-taught Master’s programmes and 8 English-taught Bachelor's degree programmes. Read less
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