Level of education: Master’s programme

Type of instruction: Full-time

Duration: 2 years

Language of instruction: Russian

Main academic courses

  • Current Issues in Theory of International Relations
  • Modern Approaches to Security Studies
  • Evolution of Thought in Geopolitics, Chronopolitics and Geoeconomics in International Relations Theory
  • Models of international Relations: Concepts and Methods of Analysis
  • Post-Positivist Revolution in the Theory of International Relations
  • Analysis of the Foreign Policy Decision-Making System

Our advantages

  • The programme has no analogues in other universities of the Russian Federation. It provides deeper academic training in the theory of politics. This gives graduates a competitive advantage in their professional activities.
  • The programme develops professional expertise for independent research into the state’s foreign policy using up-to-date concepts and methods of the theory of international relations.
  • In-depth theoretical training makes it possible for graduates to easily adapt in various areas of professional activity that require an understanding of the nature, patterns, and trends of the foreign policy of contemporary states.
  • Studying the theory helps to develop one’s own scientific worldview, which is necessary for: studying the state’s foreign policy as a holistic phenomenon; identifying cause-and-effect relations between foreign policy events; and understanding principal directions of the state’s security policy, taking into account internal and external factors.
  • Students acquire the skills of independent research and grant activities to work in foreign universities’ and research centres, as well as to continue their education abroad.
  • Main academic courses are taught by lecturers who: have practical experience working with top foreign universities and research centres in the field of foreign policy analysis; have repeatedly completed internships abroad; and have publications in top-rated national and foreign publishing houses (including those indexed in the Web of Science and Scopus); regularly give presentations at world-class conferences; and actively participate in fundamental research funded by St Petersburg University, and national and foreign institutions.

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)

A joint master's programme in Arctic studies with the University of Tromsø (Norway) is currently under development.

Main areas of research

  • Challenges in international, regional and national security
  • Foreign policy of contemporary countries
  • Foreign policy decision-making systems
  • War policy of contemporary countries
  • Security issues of the Russian Federation
  • The Arctic regions: challenges of rivalry and cooperation
  • BRICS as a new model of international relations
  • Issues in theory of international relations

Career opportunities


  • Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
  • Political science teacher at universities
  • International affairs researcher at academic institutions
  • Employee of international research and public institutions
  • Officer of foreign policy departments of federal, regional and municipal authorities
  • Analyst in external relations departments at large corporations
  • International journalist
Organisations where our graduates work
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
  • The Russian Institute for Strategic Studies

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