International Relations in the Post-Soviet Space

In english and russian

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Programme description
  • The "International Relations in the Post-Soviet Space" programme is devoted to the study of various aspects of development of a vast region that, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, was termed «the Post-Soviet space»
  • The programme provides comprehensive fundamental knowledge about countries of the region that draws Russia’s interest as well as the attention of the world in general
  • During the training students acquire necessary skills for research and applied activities in the field of international relations in the Post-Soviet space 
  • A hallmark of the programme is the interdisciplinary approach to Post-Soviet studies
  • Graduates of the "International Relations in the Post-Soviet Space" programme will be able to provide organisational, analytical, information services and expert advisory for public authorities, international intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations and the media that deal with international relations on the Post-Soviet space. They will also be capable of conducting research and educational activities on relevant topics
Main courses
  • Domestic and Foreign Policy of South Caucasus Countries
  • Domestic and Foreign Policy of Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine
  • Domestic and Foreign Policy of Countries of Central Asia
  • The Religious Factor in the Post-Soviet Space
  • Eurasian Policy of Leading Asian Countries
  • The Post-Soviet Info-Sphere
  • Russia’s Policy in the Post-Soviet Space
  • Integration and Disintegration in the Post-Soviet Space
  • The Eurasian Economic Union: Institutions, Directions and Decision Making Process
  • Compatriots in the Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation
Our advantages

This is the first programme in Russia to comprehensive study of international relations in the Post-Soviet space: it was launched in 2001. The educational process is built on three main approaches. First, the problem approach enables students to explore the problems of the region. Second, the regional approach aims to comprehensively analyse processes taking place in the sub-regions identified in the post-Soviet space. Third, the country-specific approach focuses on the domestic and foreign policies of states.

Advantages of the programme

  • The programme is focused on studying the Post-Soviet space from the inside, rather from the outside
  • Master’s students will be able to visit most of the studied countries without having to obtain a visa
  • Graduates of the programme are in demand in countries of Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, Near and Middle East
  • The teaching staff of the programme includes high-level experts and academicians (three Doctors of Sciences, four PhD holders)
  • The programme provides students with monographies and textbooks for courses of the programme, prepared by teaching staff and having no analogues in Russia and abroad
  • The programme is taught by teaching staff with high publication and expert activities, who speak languages of the Post-Soviet countries
  • The programme supports project and publication activities of the master’s students
  • The programme focuses on successful recruitment and professional development of graduates
Main areas of research
Research by region
  • Post-Soviet/ Eurasian studies
  • Russian studies
  • European studies
  • Caucasus studies
  • Central Asian studies
Research by subject
  • History of the Eurasian peoples
  • Domestic and foreign policy of the Post-Soviet states
  • Analysis of Russia’s policy in the Post-Soviet space
  • Analysis of external players activities in the Post-Soviet space
  • Integration problems in the Post-Soviet space
  • International conflicts in the Post-Soviet space
  • Ethnic and religious factors in the Post-Soviet space
  • Russian-speaking population in countries of the region
  • "Colour revolutions" in the Post-Soviet space
International relations

Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies, Uzbekistan.

Practical training and career opportunities
  • Civil servant
  • Employee of a diplomatic mission / consular office
  • International civil servant/ officer of international organisation
  • MICE worker
  • Researcher
  • Expert, analyst, advisor
  • Journalist, political analyst
  • Teacher
  • Entrepreneur
Double degree diplomas

The programme is implemented in the format of double diplomas with the Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies (Uzbekistan) in accordance with Agreement № 01/1-70-6-SPbU between SPbU and the Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies dated 19 January 2021.


The programme has been internationally accredited by Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency Hannover (ZEvA), the Certificate dated 12 March 2018.