• Application Deadline
  • 48 months


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 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

Programme Structure

The programme includes strong theoretical Social Science core, including courses on Sociological Theory, Research Methodology and Methods, Economics, Social Stratification and Inequality, Argumentation and Academic Writing, strong Mathematics and Data Analysis core, and electives in applied topics in digital marketing, business and organizations, or focused on model building and data-analytical skills, or general issues of sociology like Youth Studies or Social Anthropology.

Besides traditional lectures, seminars and computer labs students also have research and applied project work of their choice. Our faculty invite academically-motivated students to participate in group projects, like Social Media studies, Learning Analytics, Gamification, Digital Urbanism, Youth Studies etc.


English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Online application
  • High School Certificate or an equivalent (required at the stage of enrollment; not required at the stage of application)

MiMinimal Pass Scores at the 2 admission tests:

  • Math – pass score is 50 points
  • English – pass score is 60 points

Technological Requirements

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4408 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4408 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    4408 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4408 USD 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.

Tuition fee in the national currency is 290.000 RUB per year.

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.


International students can apply to study at HSE for free through full-tuition scholarships. This merit-based scholarship will completely waive all tuition fees for selected full-degree Bachelor's programmes at HSE. However, the full-tuition scholarships are not available for double-degree programmes with the University of London and Kyung Hee University.

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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