Level of education: Master programme

Type of instruction: Full-time

Duration: 2 years

Language of instruction: English, Russian


Main academic courses

  • Domestic and Foreign Policies of the South Caucasus States
  • Domestic and Foreign Policies of Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine
  • Domestic and Foreign Policies of the Central Asian States
  • Flags and Emblems of Russia and the ‘Near Abroad’
  • Integration and Disintegration in the Post-Soviet Space
  • Colour Revolutions in the Post-Soviet Space
  • Russia's Policy in the Post-Soviet Space
  • Conflicts and Security Issues in the Post-Soviet Space

Our advantages

It is the first master's programme in Russia devoted to the comprehensive study of international relations in the post-Soviet space. In 2016, it turned 15 years old. When studying international relations in the region, we use three main approaches: ‘problematic’ (studying the main problems of the region); ‘regional’ (a comprehensive analysis of the processes occurring in the subregions found in the post-Soviet space); and ‘country’ (studying the issues of domestic and foreign policy of every post-Soviet state).

  • In contrast with foreign analogues, the programme provides the study of the post-Soviet space 'from within’ and not ‘from the outside’.
  • It is possible to visit most of the target countries without a visa.
  • There is direct access to international organisations operating in the post-Soviet space.
  • Graduates of the programme might be in demand in countries of foreign Europe, North and Latin America, and the Near and Middle East.
  • Events are interpreted without Euro- and Atlantic-centrism.
  • The language of instruction is the main language of interethnic communication and workflow in the post-Soviet space.
  • The teaching staff has a high academic level: three doctors of sciences, and three candidates of sciences.
  • Lecturers are fluent in the leading European languages and a number of oriental languages.
  • The programme provides a complete set of monographs and textbooks for programme courses. They have been written by our teachers and do not have analogues in Russia and abroad.
  • Master’s students are provided with the opportunity to: publish the results of their research in publications listed in Russian and foreign citation indices (RSCI, Scopus); and take part in national and international scientific conferences.

International relations

  • University Magdeburg (Germany)
  • Dresden University of Technology (Germany)
  • Helmut Schmidt University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg (Germany)
  • The University of Hannover (Germany)
  • Sciences Po (France)
  • École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France)
  • The Hague University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands)
  • The University of St Gallen (Switzerland)
  • The University of Bologna (Italy)
  • The University of Economics, Prague (Czech Republic)
  • The University of Southern California (USA)
  • The Université de Montréal (Canada)
  • The University of Montevideo (Uruguay)
  • Qindao Binhai University (China)
  • Peking University (China)

Main areas of research

Geography classification of studies
  • Post-Soviet / Eurasian studies
  • Russian studies
  • European studies
  • Caucasian studies
  • Central Asian studies
Issue classification of studies
  • Historical studies of Eurasian peoples
  • Domestic and foreign policies of post-Soviet states
  • Analysis of Russian policy in the post-Soviet space
  • Analysis of the activities of external actors in the post-Soviet space
  • Integration issues in the post-Soviet space
  • International conflicts in the post-Soviet space
  • The influence of ethnic and religious factors on the processes taking place in the Eurasian region
  • The ‘problem of the Russian-speaking population’ in the countries of the region
  • Revolutionary events in the post-Soviet space




  • Public servant
  • Employee of diplomatic and consular institutions
  • Employee of international organisations
  • Research fellow
  • Expert, analyst, consultant
  • Journalist, political analyst
  • Employee at a higher/secondary education institution
  • Entrepreneur
  • Museum worker
  • Tourism industry worker

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