Level of education: Aspirantura programme

Type of instruction : Full-time

Duration: 3 years

Language of instruction: Russian

Main academic courses

  • Foreign Language
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • General Theory of Conflict
  • Branch Conflictology
  • Institutionalisation and Conflict Management
  • Conflict Studies
  • History of Global Conflictology
  • Research Work
  • Teaching Practice

Resource opportunities for research

  • The M. Gorky Scientific Library of St Petersburg University
  • Access to the university network of academic journal databases (including foreign ones) in their area of study
  • Access to world information resources: Elsevier (Science Direct platform), the Digital Dissertation Library, EBSCO and others

Our advantages

The programme is focused on preparing students to defend their dissertations for candidate’s degree or PhD of St Petersburg University. After finishing the doctoral programme, graduates defend their graduation projects, confirming their academic readiness to defend a dissertation.

This is a unique programme in the world. It is focused on training highly qualified specialists in research into:

  • contradictions in the political and social space, leading to conflicts among actors of the political process and institutions of the political system;
  • techniques of political and ethnopolitical mobilisation; the influence of political, social, and ethnic conflicts on political institutions and processes and the reverse impact of the latter on conflicts in society;
  • social foundations of political and cultural inter-ethnic conflicts, public opinion, ethnocultural aspects of party activities, political and economic motivation for conflicts and cooperation;
  • the influence of social, racial, ethnic, religious factors on the behaviour of groups in political processes, the identification of similarities and differences in the escalation and regulation of local and international conflicts in countries with different political cultures, scenarios of nationalism as forms of ethnopolitical conflicts, similarities and differences between interest groups in different cultures;
  • conflict resolution techniques, including mediation techniques in order to reduce the conflict potential of public relations, to strengthen and spread peaceful forms of interaction in society and to ensure security.