• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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By integrating, political science, public policy, IR and project management, the Political Science and World Politics programme at National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE)  focuses on the following key subjects: political systems in the world, global economy, relations between states and other international actors, global policy and decision-making.

Starting in the programme’s second year, students have an opportunity to study a second language (German, Chinese, French or Portuguese) and focus on a specific region: Northern Europe, Southeast Asia, or one of the BRICS countries. 

The graduates work in a diverse array of fields: regional and municipal government, diplomatic missions, chambers of commerce, NGOs, international event-management organizations, and much more.

Career Opportunities

The programme curriculum is designed to develop both practice-oriented and research skills throughout the four years of studies. This allows our graduates to choose a career path they strive for. While core courses in the field of political science and world politics provide students with general understanding of how politics and international relations work, there are several blocks of courses that help students master specific skills particularly valuable on the marketplace.

The graduates and their career paths

The graduates typically continue their studies upon graduation, and enroll in various prestigious MA programmes, both in political science and international relations, and in a number of adjacent academic areas. 

The knowledge and skills provided within the BA programme suffice for an informed and unrestricted choice of future career, but they also allow for shaping an ongoing educational trajectory even in new fields of study.

Among the universalities our graduates choose to proceed with their MA studies are the University of Tartu (Estonia), the Central European University in Budapest (Hungary), the Radbound University (the Netherlands), the University of Glasgow and the Cardiff University in the United Kingdom. In Russia these include the European University in St. Petersburg, the St. Petersburg State University, the HSE in Moscow, the Moscow State University and others.


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Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Nov 1-Aug 14: online applications may be submitted for preliminary selection; online (and in-person) candidate interviews will be held with programme teams
    • Aug 14- Aug 28: submission of all supporting documents
    • Aug 28: Deadline for signing agreements and enrollment forms
    • Sept 1: Classes starting date depends on the choosen programme
    • Dates apply to Moscow programmes only.
    • Please note that some programmes begin on October 1.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Course included:

  • Orientation
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Law
  • The Power of Rhetoric
  • Economic Theory
  • History of Political Ideas
  • Political Theory
  • Political Sociology

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • For those applying to undergraduate programmes, we've created a special website with mock tests that are very similar to those that you will take during the admissions process. The website is available in Russian and English. 

    • If you are interested in applying to programmes in economics, science, or technical fields, test your knowledge of mathematics
    • Various test packs are available, so you will have a lot of material to keep you busy.
    • For applicants interested in applying to programmes in humanities, try taking exams in English language or History. The tests that are now available online were taken by last year's applicants and contain a wide range of questions.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5547 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5547 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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390 000 RUB 

Living costs for Saint Petersburg

  • 34733 - 58700 RUB/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Based on the results of entrance examinations:

  • Final cumulative score for both exams  - 170 points or higher - size of scholarship: 70%
  • Final cumulative score for both exams  - 170 points or higher: Final cumulative score for both exams  - between 150 and 169 points - size of scholarship: 50 %
  • Final cumulative score for both exams  - between 140 and 149 points (for "Mathematics", "Software Engineering", "Applied Mathematics and Informatics" - between 135 and 149 points) - size of scholarship: 25 %

Early conclusion and payment of the tuition fee agreement:

  • Upon conclusion of agreement and payment of respective tuition fees no later than June 1 - size of scholarship: 5%

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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