Level of education: Master programme

Type of instruction: Full-time

Duration: 2 years

Language of instruction: Russian


Main academic courses

  • Modern and Traditional Education Systems in Asia and Africa
  • Major European Centres for South-East Asia Regional Studies
  • Eurasian Integration in the Early 21st Century
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Philosophy of History
  • History of Early Christianity
  • Sources of the Middle and New Kingdom
  • Archaeological Methods in the Study of Asian and African Civilisations
  • Concepts of Modern Historical Studies
  • Power and Society in the Traditional Cultures of East and Southeast Asia
  • Concepts of Modern Society
  • Modern and Traditional Education Systems in Oriental Countries

Our advantages

  • The master’s programme ‘Asian and African History (with Asian/African language tuition)’ is aimed at developing in students a holistic understanding of the evolution of human society and its features in relation to African-Asian countries and peoples. Students also study in depth one or more Asian/African languages.
  • The programme provides students with an opportunity to: expand their scope of historical knowledge; and develop the background for comparative historical analysis and a systematic integrated approach to the study of the historical process. It will make it possible for graduates to use their knowledge and skills in the analysis of the current socio-economic and political situation. They will also predict the development vector of Asian/African peoples and countries.
  • Practical and theoretical courses are taught by leading orientalists of St Petersburg University, among whom there are native speakers of Asian/African languages.
  • Fundamental language and theoretical training contribute to quality education.
  • Practical training and internship take place in top academic institutions of St Petersburg, including: the State Museum of the History of Religion; and the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • Close relations with employers make it possible for graduates to quickly find jobs in their degree field.

Main areas of research

  • History of Asian and African countries
  • The sphere of interaction with Asian/African countries and peoples
  • Russian, regional and international organisations interacting with Asian/African countries and peoples

Career opportunities

The programme involves the following practical training

  • Academic teaching practice
  • Student research training


  • Teacher of additional education for children and adults
  • Teacher of professional training, vocational education, and lifelong professional education and training
  • Expert in education
  • Museum curator
  • Guide
  • Specialist in organisational and document support for corporate management
  • Media correspondent
  • Media editor
  • Translator/interpreter

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