Diplomacy of the Russian Federation and Foreign States

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Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Main academic courses
  • Challenges in Diplomatic Studies and Negotiations
  • Diplomacy of International Global and Regional Organisations
  • New Spheres of Contemporary Diplomacy
  • Russian Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • Diplomacy of Regions
  • Economic Diplomacy
  • Political Economy of ICT
Our advantages
  • It is the only master's programme at Russian universities outside Moscow devoted to the study of the theory and practice of diplomacy. Special attention is paid to economic diplomacy, public diplomacy, and para-diplomacy, which reflects the unique characteristics of St Petersburg and the Northwestern Federal District.
  • The programme is unique in that it actively involves current diplomats and representatives of business and non-governmental organisations with experience in business negotiations in a multicultural environment to deliver lectures and seminars.
  • Master’s students take part in student exchange programmes with the University of Bologna (Italy).
  • The programme offers courses that are unique to Russian higher education: ‘Current Issues in Diplomacy and Negotiation Studies’ and ‘New Areas of Diplomacy’.
International relations
  • The University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Korea Global Foundation (the Republic of Korea)
  • The Università degli Studi Internazionali di Roma (Italy)
  • The University of Southern California (USA)
Main areas of research
  • Russian Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • Diplomacy efficiency
  • Diplomacy of regional integration associations
  • Economic and energy diplomacy
The programme is implemented in the format of double diplomas

The second diploma:

  • The University of Bologna (Italy)

Our advantages:

  • ‘Double-degree’ academic programmes of St Petersburg University are implemented jointly with partner organisations, including foreign ones, under international interuniversity agreements. According to the programme, students enrol in each of the partner organisations and, upon completion, they are awarded degrees (qualifications) of the universities of the two countries with the issuance of relevant documents on higher education (diploma of St Petersburg University and diploma of the partner university).
  • Admission to any of these 'joint programmes’ is open, accessible and available to everybody. The conditions for admission are the same for everyone. They are set out in the Regulations for Admission and published on the St Petersburg University website. The only limiting factor is the set number of places for admission. Additionally, for applicants for ‘double-degree’ programmes, there is often an internal ‘qualifying competition’, the terms of which are established in an agreement with the foreign partner university.
  • To intensify and institutionalise this work, St Petersburg University issued the local normative act ‘On Approving Methodological Recommendations for the Preparation of Agreements on Cooperation in the Implementation of Academic Programmes with Foreign Partners’; and drafted guidelines for organising networking cooperation in the implementation of academic programmes at St Petersburg University.
Career opportunities
  • Analysts in government bodies, non-governmental organisations and businesses
  • Employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government organisations
  • Research fellows at research organisations working on a wide range of political and economic issues