• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The Sociology and Social Informatics programme at National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE)  includes not only general and specific sociological and humanities topics, but also mathematics and computer science, giving students the opportunity to become proficient in programming and information systems.

Courses in the humanities, social sciences, and other areas help students to develop skills in critical thinking and sociological research methodology. Graduates go on to work at consulting and marketing companies, internet advertising agencies, and digital start-ups, as well as in the online gaming industry and digital media.

The program in Sociology and Social Informatics is first in Russia and one of the first BA programs in the world to train sociologists of the new digital generation.  Our program equip young people with solid knowledge in social sciences, including theory construction and model building,  as well as the cutting-edge skills in data gathering, processing, analysis and visualization.  These skills are useful in any venue of future life in business or academia.

The program also provides students with domain-specific competences, required for academic and professional success in the areas, related to the Internet and digitally transformed industries: consulting and marketing companies, internet advertising agencies, and digital start-ups, as well as in the online gaming industry and digital media.

The program includes not only sociological and humanities topics, but also applied elective courses in HR management and research, digital marketing and storytelling, knowledge management and organizational analysis, as well as mathematics, data analysis and computer science core, and theory construction and model building competences.

Four points to check whether this program is for you. Yes, if...

  •  You are interested in how behave in social networks and social media
  •  You believe Internet and the World Wide Web to be most important feature of 21st century life
  •  You want to combine interests in mathematics with the humanities and the study of society
  •  You would like to be working in digital business and/or marketing


The combination of sociological "core", managerial, analytical and IT disciplines defines the multifaceted modern work profile.

You can work in any organization and any field, where understanding of human behavior and their interactions, combined with modern methods of its analysis is essential:

  • specialists in web analytics and social media
  • planning and online advertising campaign management
  • analysis and customer relationship management
  • specialists in organizational and information systems
  • marketing and human studies

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

Courses included:

  • Algebra and Analysis
  • Data Analysis in Sociology
  • Safe Living Basics
  • Project Proposal
  • Institutional analysis
  • Information Systems
  • Methodology and Methods for Sociological Research

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

    4551 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4551 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

320 000 RUB per 

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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