Department of Political Science and Sociology

Main Programs


The Department of Political Science and Sociology offers graduate education on MA and Phd levels.

The 2-year MA programs are:

Social Institutions and Practices (Sociology)

Political Processes and Institutions (Political Science)

Social and Political Philosophy (Philosophy)


The MA programs are predominantly taught in Russian, but the MA theses may be written in either Russian or English. The programs are based on transferrable ECTS credits. The total number of credits is 120. The program is staffed by the leading Russian and international social scientists.

The PhD program in Political Science and Sociology is a U.S.-standard program with a minimum of 3 years of on-campus study. It includes a substantial course load, comprehensive examinations in the Major and Minor fields, and a gradual progress toward a PhD thesis under the supervision of a committee of 4 professors. Theses are written in English. The program includes a semester (or at least 2 months) abroad spent in leading international universities.

Primary fields of concentration in the PhD program

  • Comparative Politics
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Gender Studies and Sociology of Health
  • Political Sociology
  • STS
  • Russian and Eurasian Studies

Both the PhD and MA programs offer student fellowships assigned on a competitive basis.


MA in Sociology

Course list, Academiс Year 2015/2016


  • Philosophy and Methodology of Social Sciences. (Artemy Magun, Lada Shipovalova)
  • History of Sociology (Mikhail Sokolov)
  • Quantitative Methods in Social Research (Kirill Titaev, Arina Dmitrieva)
  • Qualitative Methods in Social Research. (Аnna Temkina,  Elena Zdravomyslova), 
  • Science and Technology Studies: Theories and Methods (D. West)
  • Modern Sociological Theories (Veljko Vujacic) 
  • Comparative Political Sociology (G. Golosov)
  • Democracy and Society (Artemy Magun)
  • Sociology of Law (Vadim Volkov),
  • Sociology of Social Movements (Carine Clement)
  • Modern Political Thought: Liberalism, Democracy, and Their Uneasy Romance (Artmey Magun)
  • New Theoretical Approaches to Gender Studies (Alexander Kondakov)
  • Gender Relations in Russia (Elena Zdravomyslova)
  • Methodology and Practice of Research in Social Sciences (Vladimir Gelman), 8 ECTS
  • Italian Social Theory (Lorenzo Chiesa)
  • Historical Sociology (Mikhail Sokolov)
  • Economic Sociology (Ella Paneyakh)
  • Theories of Social Inequality and Social Stratification (Elena Zdravomyslova)
  • Sociology of Gender (Anna Temkina, Laurie Essig)
  • Sociology of Gender in Russia (Elena Zdravomyslova)
  • Sociology of Academic World (Mikhail Sokolov)
  • Microsociology (Mikhail Sokolov)
  • Sociology of Health and Care (Ekaterina Borozdina)
  • Social philosophy (Artemy Magun)
  • Urban Studies (Olga Sezneva)


MA in Political Science

Course list, Academic Year 2015/2016


  • Modern Concepts of Philosophy of Science. Political Philosophy and Sociology (Artemy Magun, Lada Shipovalova)
  • Philosophy of Political Science (Artemy Magun, Lada Shipovalova)
  • History of Politics (Ivan Kurilla)
  • Methodology of Political Science (Kirill Titaev, Arina Dmitrieva, Anna Temkina, Vladimir Gelman)
  • New Tendencies and Approaches of Contemporary Political Science (Grigoriy Golosov)
  • Political Theory (Vladimir Gelman, Nikita Lomagin)
  • Contemporary Russian Policy (Vladimir Gelman)
  • Political Parties and Electoral Politics (Grigoriy Golosov)
  • International Relations (Nikita Lomagin)
  • Political Problems of Nationalism (Alexey Miller, Sergey Shtyrkov)
  • Social Theory in Gender Perspective (Anna Temkina)
  • Theories of Social Inequality and Social Stratification (Elena Zdravomyslova)
  • Italian Political Theory (Lorenzo Chiesa)
  • Social and Political Philosophy (Alexander Pogrebnyak)
  • Marxism and Neomarxism (Alexander Pgrebnyak)
  • Russian Foreign Policy (Nikita Lomagin)
  • European Studies (Jack Sharples)
  • Feminist Theory (Anna Temkina)
  • Political Economy (Alexey Pikulik)


MA in Philosophy

Course list, Academic Year 2015/2016

  • Pedagogy of High School (Lada Shipovalova)
  • Methodology of Teaching Philosophy in Higher School (Lada Shipovalova)
  • Theory and Practice of Argumentation (Ivan Mikirtumov)
  • Philosophy of Social and Humanitarian Sciences (Artemy Magun, Lada Shipovalova)
  • New Tendences and Approaches in Philosophy (Artemy Magun)
  • Contamporary Problems of Philosophy (Oxana Timofeeva)
  • Social and Political Philosophy (Artemy Magun, Alexander Pogrebnyak)
  • Theory of Democracy (Artemy Magun)
  • Philosphy of Art (Keti Chukhrov)
  • Philosophical Logiс and Analytical Philosophy (Andrey Rodin)
  • Contemporary Philosophical Anthropology (Oxana Timofeeva)
  • History of Sociology (Mikhail Sokolov)
  • Modern Approaches in Ancient Philosophy Studies (Marianna Shakhnovich)
  • Psychoanalysis and Society (Artemy Magun, Mikhail Sobolev)
  • Philosophy of Animal and Plant (Oxana Timofeeva)
  • Feminist Theory (Anna Temkina)
  • Dialetics (Artemy Magun, Alexander Pogrebnyak, Pyotr Rezvykh)
  • Modern Approaches in Middle Ages Social Philosophy Studies (Alexander Marey)
  • Phenomenological Movement (Natalia Artyomenko, Alexey Patkul)
  • Marxism and Neomarxism (Alexander Pogrebnyak)
  • Film Philosophy (Oxana Timofeeva)
  • Italian Social Theory (Lorenzo Chiesa)


PhD Program

IMG 3081After successfully defending their Master's thesis, students can continue their studies and research degree in the department's PhD program. Applicants with an M.A. degree who have graduated from other Russian or Western universities can also apply to the program. The three years in the PhD program include:


Before completing the PhD program, students must take no less than five advanced-level courses and earn 60 credits (also courses on Academic Writing and Writing Seminar are included in this amount). 



  • Qualitative Methods. Advanced ( Anna Temkina)
  • Psychoanalysis and Society (Artemy Magun, Mikhail Sobolev)
  • Institutional Engineering (Grigoriy Golosov)
  • Sociology of Law (Vadim Volkov)
  • Economic Sociology (Ella Paneyakh)
  • Political Economy (Alexey Pikulik)
  • Microsociology (Mikhail Sokolov)
  • Urban Studies (Olga Sezneva)
  • New Approaches in Gender Studies (Alexander Kondakov)
  • Sociology of Social Movements (Carine Clement)
  • European Studies (Jack Sharples)
  • Italian Social Theory (Lorenzo Chiesa)
  • Political Problems of Nationalism (Alexey Miller, Sergey Shtyrkov)
  • Marxiam and Neomarxiam (Alexander Pogrebnyak)
  • Sociology of Gender (Anna Temkina, Laurie Essig)
  • Russian Foreign Policy (Nikita Lomagin)


Comprehensive exams

Comprehensive exams consist of two parts: a written work on a given academic topic and an oral interview exam. During the first year, students take an exam in their primary field of study (Major); during the second year, students take an exam in their secondary field of study (Minor). Students choose their fields of study with the consent of the dissertation committee and with the approval of the Department council.

Research seminar

During the course of study, students must take part in a Department of Political Science and Sociology research seminar for PhD students and second year Master's students.


During the course of study, students must take part in the Department of Political Science and Sociology research seminar.

Study abroad

During the course of their studies, students must spend at least 60 days abroad carrying out a study in one of the top 300 world universities. According to the Department Council's decision, the study can be substituted with intensive field work of the same amount of time. The department assists students in the organizing study or field research.

Publishing articles

During their studies, students must publish at least one article in a leading international academic journal.


The thesis should be no less than 300,000 characters and written in English. At the end of the first year, students present a prospectus of their thesis research, including an annotated table of contents and annotated bibliography, as their year-end report. The prospectus must be at least 30,000 characters.

At the end of the second year, students present a draft of a chapter (or chapters) of their thesis research in English as their year-end report. It should be at least 100,000 characters.

At the end of the third year, students present a draft of their thesis in English (at least 300,000 characters, including title page, citations, and illustrative materials) as their year-end report.

When the thesis outline has been approved of by the dissertation committee and the student has completed all of the 3-year program requirements, the student is presented with a "PhD Candidate, EUSP" certificate, and is considered to have successfully completed the program. After this, the student, under the guidance of the dissertation committee, works on completing the dissertation and must defend it within 3 years of receiving the aforementioned certificate.

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