Russia and China in Global Politics (in English)

41.04.04In english

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Programme description

Under the influence of globalisation, today’s world witnesses complex processes of fight for global leadership and the formation of new integration spaces. They are becoming the most important centre of political, economic, military and ideological influence in the world. In the context of the growing intensity and multi-vector nature of relations between the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China, the level of mutual understanding and the efficiency of cooperation between Russia and China will be possible to increase through: a comparison and analysis of the positions of the two countries with regard to global challenges of the present-day world; ways and procedures of reforming international institutions; and strengthening competitive advantages of the two countries on the world stage. The expanding interaction within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), BRICS and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), the search for its new formats in the context of growing global challenges and threats require: a deeper comprehensive understanding of the processes taking place in the world from the perspective of Russia; identifying vulnerabilities in their interaction with each other and ways to overcome emerging contradictions; and seeing the prospects for its development. The training of specialists capable of solving these problems is the aim of this master's programme.

Main courses
  • Global Governance in the Modern World
  • Political Culture and Social Consciousness in Russia and China: A Comparative Analysis
  • Comparative Analysis of the Chinese and Russian Political Systems
  • Global Challenges of Our Time
  • Russia and China in the World Economy
  • Regional Conflicts under Globalisation: The Role of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China
  • Russia–China Economic Cooperation
  • Russian and Chinese Foreign Policy Strategies in the Context of Modern Geopolitics
  • Russia and China in International Organisations
  • Migration Processes in Russia and China
  • Global Leadership in the Age of Digital Economy
  • Democracy and Human Rights in the Context of Political Reforms in the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China
  • International Integration as a Global Process: The Choice of Russia and China 
  • Chinese or Russian
Key Skills

The area of professional activity of graduates includes:

  • academic and research institutions engaged in global and regional development issues as research associates who are capable of conducting independent research;
  • public and administrative authorities, editorial departments of media companies as employees who are capable of independently developing and implementing decisions of these bodies;
  • staff of political parties, commercial and public institutions and foundations carrying out design, consulting, advisory, research, analytical, and information activities in the field of global problems and global governance as employees who are capable of independently developing and implementing projects and decisions of these bodies. Key professions: analytical expert, political consultant, teacher

Who is the programme for?

  • The proposed master's programme targets not only Russian students, but also international students, both from the countries of the Eurasian region and from other countries of the world, where there is a need for experts capable of: providing a deep, objective analysis of the situation and prospects of interaction between Russia and China under globalisation; and scientifically grounded assessing of particular events and processes that influence the competitive advantages of these countries in today’s context.
  • The programme is taught in English together with the possibility of studying Chinese and Russian (student’s choice).  This makes it possible to: dramatically expand the number of targeted applicants; and engage top-level international experts on this subject in delivering classes.
Prospects for a future career in research and business

The programme is implemented by: Russian experts; scholars from Chinese universities and research centres; representatives of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in St Petersburg; the Confucius Institute; the China Business Centre; and the Russian–Chinese Cultural Centre. They also take part in organising internships and evaluating the results.

Main areas of research
  • Russian and Chinese foreign policy strategies
  • Russia and China in the Asian Region
  • The role of Russia and China in regional conflicts
  • Russia and China in international organisations: specific features of interaction
  • Huáyì phenomenon (Chinese diaspora) in world economy and politics
  • Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: mission, structure, trends in development
  • China and Russia in world education market
  • Political aspects of Russian–Chinese economic cooperation
  • Russia–China cooperation in culture and education
  • Dynamics of ethnic and religious relations in modern Russian and China: their impact on foreign policy
  • Comparative analysis of Russian and Chinese political cultures
  • Russia–China cooperation in the Arctic Region
  • Russia–China cooperation in the military sphere
  • Russia and China in the context of the struggle for global leadership
Teaching Staff

Among the lecturers of the master’s programme are leading academics of the Faculty of Political Science: Galina Gribanova, Professor, Doctor of Science; Leonid Smorgunov, Professor, Doctor of Science; Anna Volkova, Professor, Doctor of Science; Sergei Naumov, Associate Professor, Candidate of Political Science; Olga Gerasimova, Associate Professor, Candidate of Political Science; and a number of other experts who are members of Russian and international professional political science communities (the Russian Political Science Association, the International Political Science Association, the Russian Society of Political Scientists) and have numerous publications in indexed academic journals, including the Web of Science and SCOPUS databases. All of them have experience in teaching at foreign universities and working with foreign students at Russian universities.

The master's programme is, to some degree, interdisciplinary, since the analysis of the processes taking place in the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China and their impact on the general global affairs requires an understanding of the interconnection of the political, social and economic aspects of current issues, as well as their reflection in the political and legal sphere. It is therefore planned to involve the teaching staff from the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Sociology in delivering relevant courses.