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Comparative Russian and Eurasian Politics

The double degree programme offered by the University College of London and HSE University – St. Petersburg is designed for students who are interested in gaining new knowledge about Russia and the Post-Soviet space from top political scientists.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: TBA
Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia

The programme’s graduates also have the opportunity to continue their studies by pursuing the best doctoral programmes or work in private companies, which are in serious need of expert knowledge of Russia and other Eastern European and Central Asian countries.

Programme Overview

In the programme ‘Comparative Russian and Eurasian Politics’ student will engage in critical analysis of Russian and Eurasian politics, societies, and cultures. Master’s students will gain a deep knowledge of the post-Soviet space, government policy, and social development analysis. By employing rigorous methodological approaches, students will strengthen their research skills and become competitive candidates for careers in academia, public policy, international relations, and more.

UCL is one of the best universities in the world in the social sciences, while HSE produces significant knowledge about socio-political processes in post-Soviet countries. Studying in UCL and HSE’s joint programme will provide students with relevant knowledge about this region from world-leading experts working in Russia and the UK. This degree will be valuable not only for those who are planning to start or continue an academic career but also for those who are interested in obtaining an applied knowledge of economics and the political and social development of Eastern Europe and Central Asia countries.

Master’s students will be able to design their curriculum and choose from a diverse range of optional courses which make up half of the programme. The programme includes courses devoted to studying specific countries of Eurasia and methodology courses which allow students to immerse themselves in discourse analysis or working with digital data. In addition, graduate students can choose courses on Russian Empire History, Soviet Cinema, or EU migration politics.

Graduates will be able to continue their studies on PhD programmes in Russia and abroad or work for companies that need specialists with expertise in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.

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I love my programme. In the Master of Population and Development, I feel like I learned how the world works, and so many things that I have seen around the world make more sense to me now. I also love our professors.

Patrick Whelan // Canada

Career Opportunities

State and municipal government bodies:

  • specialists of planning departments and committees, departments for working with public organizations and the media;
  • employees of the offices of Legislative Assemblies and city Dumas, Human Rights Commissioners;
  • employees of the staff of municipal government bodies.

Commercial organizations (business structures):

  • specialists in strategic planning, PR, interaction with state and non-state organizations.

Non-profit organizations (including parties, unions, associations, foundations, etc.):

  • managers, specialists, organizers of projects and programs.

Expert organizations, mass media (state and non-state):

  • analysts and experts.


In the field of applied political analysis and technological activities.

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