Russian Region Studies

41.04.02In english and russian

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Programme description
  • The master’s programme "Russian Region Studies" provides a comprehensive understanding of Russia as a federal state, the unity of which is formed by the diversity of its constituent regions. The present state of the regions is examined in the context of cultural, historical and socio-economic processes in our country and the world on a chronological scale from antiquity to the present, using methods that enable fruitful regional and local history research
  • The programme is aimed at training high calibre experts in the history of the Russian regions with professional skills and abilities, and up-to-date knowledge of the principles and methods of work in the field of Russian history and culture
Main courses
  • Information Practices for Regional Studies
  • Key Issues in Russian Region Studies
  • Historical Geography of Russia
  • State Government of Russia
  • History of Russian Borders Formation
  • Religions in Russia
Our advantages
  • The programme is aimed at: graduates with degrees in sciences other than history; and foreign applicants with different levels of Russian language proficiency. The programme allows you to update knowledge on domestic history, as well as get an in-depth understanding of the history of individual regions of Russia
  • An important distinguishing feature of the programme is the reinforced block of subjects that allow to improve knowledge of English and Russian (for foreign students) languages
  • The study of the history and culture of the regions of Russia takes place in combination with a comprehensive acquaintance with the modern social and political structure of the country, its role in macro-regional and global political processes
  • The programme gives an understanding of the deep essence of the ‘centre-region’ relationship in the history of Russia from antiquity to the present
  • The acquired competencies become the basis for independent fundamental scientific research and practice
  • Based on the knowledge gained, the graduate is able to carry out expert activities in the field of implementing macro- and micro-regional socio-cultural potential.
  • The acquired skills allow graduates to organise cultural processes at the local, regional and federal levels, and interact with public organisations.
  • For foreign citizens, training under the programme ‘Russian Region Studies’ will provide an opportunity to successfully establish contacts with Russian administrative, scientific, cultural and business structures.
Main areas of research
  • Analysis of cultural and sightseeing resources of Russian regions
  • Study of the culture of Russian regions
  • History of the documentary heritage of Russian regions
  • History of Moscow
  • History of St Petersburg
  • History of the North-West and the Russian North
  • History of Central Russia
  • History of the South and North Caucasus
  • History of the Volga region and the Urals
  • History of Siberia
  • History of the Far East
  • History of Crimea
International relations
  • The Belarusian State University (the Republic of Belarus)
  • New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria)
  • The University of Passau (Germany)
  • Tianjin Normal University (China)
  • The University of Bergen (Norway)
  • The University of Wrocław (Poland)
Career opportunities

Archive practice is included in the training process.

The practice takes place at:

  • the Russian State Historical Archive
  • the Manuscript Department of the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


  • Specialist in organisational support and records administration
  • Research associate
  • Archive worker
  • Museum worker
  • Librarian
  • Creative professional
  • Mass media employee, including editorial offices and publishing houses
  • Specialist in historical, cultural and experiential tourism
  • Guide