Level of education: Master programme
Type of instruction: Full-time
Duration: 2 years
Language of instruction: English
The academic programme ‘Economical Systems’ is a double degree master's programme. It is implemented jointly by St Petersburg University (St Petersburg, the Russian Federation) and Freie Universität Berlin (Berlin, the Federal Republic of Germany). The programme provides fundamental knowledge of economic relations during production, distribution, exchange and consumption. It reflects the features of economic development of countries and regions of the world. An international learning environment, a convenient timetable in St Petersburg and Berlin, lectures by leading Russian and foreign lecturers, as well as being in demand in the labour market will enable graduates to take full advantage of their potential. The programme is taught in English.
The programme is designed to train highly-skilled experts who are capable of doing business and solving managerial tasks within the framework of various economic systems. Students acquire skills in forecasting and adapting business to changes in the global and national economy based on an interdisciplinary approach.
Graduates can equally successfully pursue professional activities in: the civil service; international organisations; and business. They can hold leading positions in large Russian and foreign companies. The programme combines research and practice-oriented modules. The knowledge acquired makes it possible to: carry out analytical and expert activities; shape and implement external economic policy at the state level; and engage in strategic and operational corporate planning.
Graduates of the master's programme will be capable of compiling analytical materials for assessing and making strategic decisions in the field of financial, economic and social activities using various sources of information, including full-text databases, and economic, mathematical and statistical tools.
Graduates of the programme will have learnt to: predict structural changes and trends in development of particular industries, countries and regions of the world; carry out efficient operational and strategic management of enterprises, as well as their economic, financial, marketing, personnel, production, and analytical subdivisions; and develop and justify managerial decisions in the context of digitalisation of public life, based on the adopted social and economic guidelines.
Entering Research and Professional Community
Students of the master's programme have an opportunity to take part in conferences held at St Petersburg University and Freie Universität Berlin. This includes the international conference ‘Evolution of International Trading System: Prospects and Challenges’. During their first year, students have an opportunity to do academic research practicums in: Russian organisations; the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations; and other international organisations in Geneva. Pre-graduation practice in their second year is held in German companies and organisations located in Germany.
The programme organisers interact with:
- The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
- The Eurasian Economic Commission
- The Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations; and other international organisations in Geneva
- The International Trade Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
- The Committee for External Relations of St Petersburg
- St Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- The World Trade Institute, Bern, Switzerland
- The Centre for the Promotion of Employment and Professional Orientation of Youth ‘VECTOR’ Bank URALSIB
- Apstec Labs
- Sberbank of Russia
- Kelly Services CIS
- The Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences
- Commerzbank AG
- Deutsche Bank
- BMW AG
- Volkswagen Group
- Saxon State Ministry of Economy
- Saxony's Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- International Political Economy
- Theories of the World Economic Development
- Interdisciplinary Analysis of Economic Systems
- Comparative Economics
- Social and Economic Development of the European Union
- Business in Developed and Developing Markets
- Entrepreneurship in Russia and CIS Countries
- The master's programme is interdisciplinary. Students can choose to study in depth the economic systems of particular countries and regions. They can also specialise in political, sociological, historical, and international aspects of the performance of economic systems.
Key Features of the Programme
During their first year, students study at St Petersburg University. They spend their second year at Freie Universität Berlin.
As part of the programme, there are courses developed within the framework of the Jean Monnet Module project, funded by the European Commission (Agreement No 2015-2280 / 001-001 dated 13 October 2015).
Lecturers from leading Russian and foreign universities, as well as representatives of government agencies, business and international economic organisations are regularly invited to deliver public lectures in order to deepen the internationalisation of the programme, improve the quality of education and its practical component.
Miroslav Jovanovic, Chair, Professor in the Global Studies Institute, the University of Geneva (Switzerland);
Dusan Sidjanski, the Centre of Excellence in European Studies (Serbia) The Council includes business executives:
Svetlana Nikulina, Candidate of Economics, Director of the Finance and Economics Department of the Autonomous Non-Profit Organisation ‘Directorate of International Transport Corridors’;
Aleksandr Gapochka, Candidate of Economics, Deputy Head of the Finance and Economics Department, JSC ‘RZDstroy’
- Application procedure
- Required documents
- Competitive Portfolio documents for Game Theory and Operations Research programme (applying on a fee-paying basis)
- Competitive Portfolio documents for Game Theory and Operations Research programme (applying for Russian Government Scholarship)
Information about the tuition fees for SPbU study programmes can be found here.