Russia and France in Historical and Cultural Context / La Russie et la France dans l’espace de l’histoire et de la culture

46.04.01In russian and french

Два диплома Double degree programme

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Main academic courses
  • Barbarian Kingdoms of Europe
  • City and Society of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
  • "Insular" and "Continental" Historiography of the 5th to 16th Centuries
  • History of Diplomatic Relations Between Russia and France
  • History of Russian-French Cultural Relations
  • History of France
  • Political Power in Europe of the Modern Period: Structure and Variety
  • Portraits of the Figures in the Era of Renaissance and Reformation
  • Collapse of Colonial Empires and the Phenomenon of Post-colonialism
  • Russia in Wars and Social Conflicts of the 20th Century
  • Three Centuries of Cultural Interaction in Europe – the 18th to 20th Century
  • France in the Era of the Revolution and the First Empire
  • French Manuscripts and Autographs in St Petersburg Collections
Our advantages
  • The programme is implemented together with one of the world's top centres of higher education – the Sorbonne (Paris, France). This makes it possible to combine the advantages of Russian and French higher education.
  • The curriculum combines successfully the traditions of classical historical education with modern approaches and tasks of historical science.
  • An interdisciplinary approach is ensured by the fact that leading Russian and foreign scholars specialising in various fields of knowledge are involved in the training process. The curriculum combines classroom, practical classes and retreats.
  • After the training, graduates will be able to carry out research, teaching, cultural and educational, organisational and managerial, and expert and analytical activities. Graduates have experience in organising scientific events, including scientific conferences.
International relations
  • The Sorbonne (Paris, France)
Main areas of research
  • The political and social history of France of modern and contemporary times
  • History of political parties in Russia and France
  • History of France from ancient times to 1914
  • France in the era of the Revolution and the Empire (1789-1815), policy, culture and art
  • Franks: from the formation of the Frankish tribal confederation to the conquest of Gaul
  • At the origins of French nation building: the kingdom of the Franks during the reign of the Merovingian dynasty
  • The initial stage of the foundation of the French Church: the Christianisation of Gaul in the 5th – 6th centuries
  • Involvement of French intellectuals in the political life of their country:19th – 20th centuries
  • The role of Paris in the history of France during modern and contemporary times: 19th – 20th centuries
  • France in the system of international relations: 20th – 21st centuries
  • The history of French colonial conquests and their perception in society: 17th – 20th centuries
  • French historians and historical schools in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • An alternate glance of Russians and French at each other: travellers, military, diplomats, historians (18th – 20th centuries)
  • France in the 20th century: society and perceptions
  • History of the French Revolution: origins, personalities, perceptions and heritage
  • Russian emigration in France (1918-1945)
The programme is implemented in the format of double diplomas

The second diploma:

  • The Sorbonne (France)

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’. Draft guidelines were issued for organising networking cooperation in the implementation of academic programmes at St Petersburg University.
Career opportunities

Training involves teaching practice based on the traditions of St Petersburg University


  • Researcher
  • Archive worker
  • Museum worker
  • Library staff
  • Editor of the media
  • Scientific editor of the publishing house
  • Specialist in historical, cultural and educational tourism
  • Guide
  • Teacher in cultural and educational centres
  • Teacher in secondary and secondary special educational institutions
  • Screenwriter and editor in documentary films and television
  • Creative worker in advertising and PR services
  • Expert analyst
  • Expert consultant
  • Content manager