Level of education: Aspirantura programme

Type of instruction : Full-time

Duration: 3 years

Language of instruction: English and Russian

Main academic courses

  • Psychology of Higher School
  • Pedagogy in Higher Education
  • Theory and Philosophy of Politics, History and Methods of Political Science
  • Political Institutions, Processes and Technologies
  • Political Culture and Ideology
  • Political Issues of International Relations, Global and Regional Development
  • Political Regional Studies – Ethnic Policy
  • Conflict Studies
  • Methodology of Scientific Research in Political Science
  • Current Issues and Trends in the Development of Political Science
  • Digital Transformation in the Modern Information Society
  • Adapting and Studying at the University
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Foreign Language (English, German, French, Spanish, Russian as a Foreign Language)
  • Research Work
  • Teaching Practice

Resource opportunities for research

  • The M. Gorky Scientific Library of St Petersburg University
  • Access to the university network of academic journal databases (including foreign ones) in their area of study
  • Access to world information resources: Elsevier (Science Direct platform), the Digital Dissertation Library, EBSCO bloomberg.com and others
  • Access to a wide range of professional electronic databases included in the St Petersburg University subscription (including academic national and foreign journals)
  • The Resource Centres of the Research Park of St Petersburg University

Our advantages

The programme is designed to train specialist who are able to:

  • distinguish theoretical and applied, axiological and instrumental components of political knowledge; its expert, prognostic and other functions; and apply political philosophy and political science to the preparation and justification of political decisions;
  • understand the features of: political socialisation of the individual; political ethics; criteria and methods for humanising politics; the relationship between the real and the proper, the public good and the individual interest;
  • design and implement research, analytical and training projects in the field of international relations and political globalism;
  • use the acquired theoretical knowledge, practical skills and skills for: expert and consulting activities; preparation and implementation of managerial decisions related to foreign policy, global and regional development, at the level of government structures, in the apparatus of political parties and socio-political associations, and local government bodies;
  • master techniques of monitoring, preventing and managing conflicts related to socio-cultural differences and differences of political and economic interests both in the internal politics of the modern state and between states.