Main field of study: Economics


The Department of World Economy is a dynamically developing educational and research university subdivision. Today it is one of the leading think tanks in Russia on trade policy issues. The staff carries out research projects, including international ones, in various aspects of international economic relations. The leading professors of the Department have substantial experience in delivering lectures in foreign universities.


In 2010 the Department was awarded the status of WTO Chair. The WTO Chairs Programme (WCP) aims to support and promote trade-related academic activities of universities and research institutions in developing and least- developed countries. Academic institutions awarded such status receive support in the following areas: curriculum development, teaching, research and outreach activities. The Chairs have been selected through a competitive bidding process.


Every year the students of the program participate in an internship on the basis of international economic organizations in Geneva such as UNCTAD, WTO, WIPO, ITC, etc. Representatives of international economic organizations take part in the program as lecturers.


Compulsory courses:

  • Research Methods
  • Seminar on the International Trading System
  • Institutional Economics: The Advanced Level
  • Theory and Practice of International Economic Relations
  • Theories of International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Contemporary Theories of International Management and Marketing
  • Seminar ‘Countries in the System of World Trade Organization’


Elective courses:

  • Global Economic Development: The Trends and Prospects
  • International Trade: Modern Trends and Methods of Analysis
  • Business Communications – II
  • External Economic Policy of Russia and the European Union
  • Theory and Practice of International Business – II
  • International Finance: The Advanced Level


Internship is available at:

  • Private sector companies
  • Committees of the Government of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region
  • Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
  • Eurasian Economic Commission
  • Trade missions of the Russian Federation in Finland and Switzerland


Graduates work at:

  • Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
  • Eurasian Economic Commission
  • Ernst & Young
  • EvrazHolding



‘I chose the International Trading System MA program because it includes not only an in-depth study of a number of economic subjects, but also analysis of international law, which will be especially useful for those who aspire to work at international governmental, non-governmental organizations or multinational corporations. Students get knowledge in a number of related disciplines dealing with matters of customs law, marketing, accounting, financial analysis, which enables them to think much broader and to solve problems beyond the narrow specialization, and thus, to be more flexible in the labour market.’

Alexey Matrosov, GT Capital Group


‘The International Trading System MA program is certainly relevant today and meets current challenges posed on business and government. The knowledge I have obtained here helps me to develop my professional carrier. Coverage of a wide range of world trade issues allows students to understand the whole mechanism of international economic relations.’

Marat Smirnov