This academic programme is unique in that it combines harmoniously a comprehensive study of the history of Russia with the extensive use of the highest standards of world historical studies.

The programme ‘History of Russian Civilization’ is aimed at training specialists of a new generation who are freely oriented in different periods and aspects of the centuries-long history of Russian civilization.

It is based on a combination of the ample research experience of the St Petersburg school of history and interest in the needs, topics, and methods of modern historiography. The views of employers are taken into account while developing professional competencies of future graduates.

The programme immerses students in the worlds of source study, historiographic, and theoretical and empirical areas of comprehension of the more than thousand-year-old Russian history. Moreover, the history of Russia is interpreted widely, not only taking into account ‘our space’, that is, the territory of the former USSR. The comparative historical method, geopolitical analysis, and other trends of modern science are used. Students receive an idea of the place of Russian civilisation in the world, its features, similarities and differences from other countries and civilisations.

This is a full-time programme, and there will be scholarship and paid tuition places. You will find admission policies here.

The programme makes it possible to build a scenario of interdisciplinary interaction, to understand modern historiography, and competently acquire its fundamental tools. Academic courses are taught by: leading scholars; prize winners in the field of historical science; and creators of schools of thought for studying various periods and challenges of Russian history.

If desired, master’s students can take part in practical activities, and academic projects. They also have an opportunity to start an international academic career. Among the foreign partner universities are: New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria); the University of Bergen (Norway); and the University of Wrocław (Poland).

There are ample opportunities for graduates to develop in the field of historical sciences. The acquired skills will make it possible for them to be engaged in research, teaching, managerial, cultural and educational, or analytical activities.