History is one of the most exciting subjects to study at university today, and HSE St Petersburg is unmatched as a place to study just as somewhere to be. We are a vibrant and friendly programme, innovative and intellectually inspiring, and proud of making everyone part of a community that extends well beyond the department of history.
We make an excellent bridge to further postgraduate study. Students significantly improve their Russian. Our recent graduates are enrolled in PhD programmes at Princeton, Oxford, and European University Institute, Florence.
Over the course of two years, students are expected to
- take 12 courses comprising 5 core compulsory courses and 7 electives (plus additional 2 courses on academic skills and background, if necessary)
- do research resulting in the first-year paper (aka thesis proposal) and the MA thesis
- do research and museum practicals (as needed for research & training) and additional project work
- take part in the research seminar where theses are discussed
Credits: 120 in total
How to apply
Via HSE’s online application form, send in your statement of interest, CV, writing sample and supporting documents. In the statement, indicate in about 500-1000 words reasons for choosing this course as well as the possible theme of your MA research; describe briefly what you plan to gain from taking our classes and, if possible, note those faculty whose research is the closest to you — and who could be your potential supervisor.
Supporting documents may include language proficiency certificates (necessary if your first language is not English), conference participation, publications (if any), etc.