About the Programme

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.

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 centres: (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

A compulsory block of public administration courses:

  • Public economics
  • Theories and mechanisms of modern public administration

A 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
  • Family planning. Sexual and reproductive health
  • Post-Soviet demography
  • 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 centres and universities (starting with a PhD in a leading research centre).
  • Private companies (consulting, recruiting, marketing, insurance, pharmaceutical, and healthcare).

What makes this programme 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.
  • The 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)


The core and baseline specialization of the Programme 'Population and Development' is devoted to the development and various related issues. It deepens the immersion of the students into the practice of Population Analysis and development policy, provides solid base for future employment in an analytical sphere.The Concentration ensures the strong multi-disciplinary foundation of skills and knowledge of students, who will have enough training opportunities to master contemporary development issues and policy implementation as well as population studies.

The basic courses of the Concentration include:

  • Theory and Practice of Public Administration
  • Public Economics
  • Demography
  • Population change and economic development

Our elective courses are assembled each year and offer various topics in methodology and issue-related Public Administration and Municipal Management. Students can choose from pool courses such as social network analysis, measurement theory, but also courses on social inequalities, ageing society, comparative public policy, and global political economy – to name just some of them.

The graduates are qualified and well prepared for a wide range of careers: government (Russian, International non- co), the private sector, (strategic planning, insurance. Healthcare, education, personal, marketing), analytical centres and think-tanks, academic career.

Careers and professional opportunities

This Master’s programme prepares students for careers in a wide range of fields:

  • 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 centres and universities (starting with a PhD in a leading research centre).
  • Private companies (consulting, recruiting, marketing, insurance, pharmaceutical, and healthcare).
  • Marketing companies (Mittel-MGU , MASMI, Medsi, biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca)


In order to be considered for the Master's programme "Population and Development", an applicant is required to prepare the following application package:

Previous education (grades on basic subjects)

The high average grade and degree with honours bring the additional score. Should be confirmed by the higher education (bachelor, specialist, master) diploma

Academic achievements

  • Publications in different academic issues (also we assess the accepted to publication papers). Should be confirmed by the scans of the texts or links to the electronic sources. If the publications are only accepted for publication the manuscript with the special notification from the editorial office should be attached.
  • Other publications including those in mass media. The papers should be devoted to the topics refer to population and development problems. Should be confirmed by the scans of the texts or links to the electronic sources.
  • Diploma paper. Should be confirmed by the text in soft copies.
  • Participation in scientific projects. Should be confirmed by the following data about the project (number of project and grant, funding organization, organization implemented the grant or project), information about the project coordinator, a brief (200 words or less) a cover letter describing the role of the applicant in the project.

Personal achievements

  • Confirmation of personal achievements (apart from language certificates). Participation in different scientific conferences, summer schools, seminars is confirmed by the programme of the event or link to this event on the internet. All diplomas and award certificates should be scanned and the scanned copies are accepted as a confirmation.
  • Personal bursaries. Should be confirmed by special notification from the university or the fund granted the bursary, or by the list of bursary holders from the official opened source.
  • Work (and voluntary) experience in related professions Should be confirmed by different means: copy of the agreement, letter from the chief or other supervisors, other copies of the official documents.

Recommendation letters

No more than 2 letters signed by the persons that could estimate your ability to participate the programme with their names, occupation, workplaces, degrees, contact information.

Letter of motivation (no more than 2000 characters) in English or Russian language.

This letter should describe your reasons for applying to this programme, in the context of your long-term career goals and background and also the interests of the applicant his/her future plans.

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Last updated November 15, 2018
This course is
Start Date
Sept. 2019
2 years
290,000 RUB
per year (scholarships available)
July 15, 2019
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