About Lomonosov MSU Master’s Programme


About the Programme

The issues of public policy-making are of vital importance. The complexity of ongoing political processes, permanently changing sociopolitical environment and politicization of public issues – all these calls for political experts who are able to face current and new challenges.

Situated in the capital of Russia, Moscow State University (MSU) is to be a powerful platform for public policy research on the Post-Soviet Space. Studying such a specific discipline, MSU students will have a unique opportunity not only to engage in discussions with high profile representatives of think tanks and universities but also to go for internships in one of the Post-Soviet countries.

The programme aims are:

  • to equip students with modern political science methodology and teach them how to apply it in regard to the Post-Soviet public policy
  • to provide students with knowledge about the complex public policy issues
  • to train them as professionals who will be sensitive to sociopolitical changes as well as to be able to act under the circumstances of uncertainty

Programme objectives

We train the new generation of political analysis and public policy experts who will face new challenges in the process of public policy design, implementation and crisis decision-making.

The programme aims to educate young political scientists and future policy-makers with deep knowledge in the field of Post-Soviet policy-making process and comparative politics.

Our Programme will

Provide students with the theoretical background comparable with the best Western programs in Public Policy Equip students with all skills and competencies necessary to become a policy-maker and an expert

Upon graduation our alumni will be able to

  • Apply different frameworks and think critically about complex policy issues
  • Analyze different problem solving strategies
  • Make decisions, transform ideas into action and evaluate the policy implementation results

7 reasons to choose our program:

  1. Unique programme and highly demanded professional expertise
  2. Scholar and student diversity
  3. Opportunity for auditing any classes at MSU for free
  4. Convinient campus & exhaustive infrastructure
  5. Friendly & cooperative learning environment
  6. Excellent career perspectives
  7. Networking with the MSU alumni associations around the world

Unique programme

The current political crisis in the relationship of Russia with some Western countries highlights the high demand of the experts in the Russian and Post-Soviet Public Policy.

The Programme aims to prepare the practitioners who are able to understand and explain the modern political processes in Russia, Post-Soviet Space and Eurasia.

The Programme prepares the professionals who will be able to analyze the root causes of the issues, estimate various scenarios of events, develop & implement the recommendations.

Obligatory courses:

  • The Collapse of the USSR: Complex of Reasons and Consequences
  • Soviet and Post-Soviet Realities: Civilization Approach
  • Political Institutions and Civil Society in Post-Soviet Countries
  • Sociological Profile of Post-Soviet Societies and Elites
  • Political Economy in Post-Soviet Countries
  • International Relations and Foreign Policy of Post-Soviet Countries
  • Regional Security and Conflicts on the Post-Soviet Space
  • The Process of Integration and IOs on the Post-Soviet Space

Optional courses:

Program offers 6 groups of optional courses. A student may choose only ONE course from the group.

PSS countries-1: PSS countries-2 Public Policy-1 Public Policy-2 Defense Studies Global Politics
• Baltic countries
• The Ukraine
• Belarus republic
• Central Asia
• Caucasus
• Political Islam issues
• Policy-making institutes
• Policy sectors
• Innovations in Public Policy
• The role of values in policy-making
• Business and power
• Infrastructure projects in Eurasia
• Nuclear balance
• «Frozen conflicts» on the Post-Soviet Space
• Terrorism & cybersecurity
• Post-Soviet Space and the EU
• Post-Soviet Space and China
• The role of BRICS on the Post-Soviet Space

Scholar and student diversity

Besides MSU and MGIMO professors, we’ll have many Visiting Professors from the leading Universities of USA, Canada, Norway, Italy, Switzerland and China.

In 2018/19 academic year in addition to the applicants from Russia, we expect students from CIS, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Diverse scholar and student bodies bring to the classroom unique perspectives on Public Policy from different countries & continents.

Diversity contributes to the broadness and depth of discussions, to the of richness of the environment for teaching and research.

About Lomonosov MSU Masters Programme

Opportunity of auditing any classes for free

MSU offers its students the opportunity of free auditing of any classes at the University! In your free time you can attend any lecture at any department!

This gives you an excellent opportunity not only to pursue your personal unique interests but also an opportunity to conduct really deep interdisciplinary research.

Ever wanted to make research of Public Health Policy? Come to talk to the Department of Fundamental Medicine!

Have been always interested in the behavioral aspects of Public Policy? Come for ideas and any assistance to the Department of Psychology!

About Lomonosov MSU Masters Programme

Convinient campus and exhaustive infrastructure

MSU campus has more than 600 buildings and facilities, including The Main Building of Moscow State which is the highest out of seven famous Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow.

Our classes will be held in the Main Building which is sometimes referred as «the Russian Hogwarts». This building is also the place of the MSU Spring Ball which can be attended by any MSU student. The students perform classical dances in the atmosphere of the XIX century.

Some of our classes will take place in Shuvalov’s building, which has one of the largest in MSU sports facilities which are designed for different kinds of sports and activities.

The MSU campus has all the necessary services and infrastructure to support the students’ comfortable lifestyle for living and studies. The campus has the students’ theater studio, the group of modern dances, pop vocal studio, the studio of artistic expression, to name a few. The speed dating parties among MSU students are also held here on a regular basis!

Friendly & cooperative learning enviroment

While many students are stressed during their studies, the Department of Political Science is known for its friendly and cooperative learning environment.

This is the place where every student can find new friends, ask for help and support during the sessions.

Apart from the Student Council, famous for organizing regular student parties, any student at our department can turn for help to numerous assistants, tutors and counsellors!

In line with modern traditions, every student after receiving one’s diploma, can take a selfie on the steps of the Main Building with the MSU Rector V. A. Sadovnichii.

Exellent career perspectives

Studying at MSU has never been easy, but eventually it’s worth it! After the graduation, our alumni are invited to work by the most prestigious state bodies and private organizations as well as by IOs and NGOs.

Back during the their studies, the students are tested to identify their strongest personal characteristics which are used to recommend their individual career track in the area of Public Policy. Once identified as «leaders» or «consultants» or «experts», the students are given individual recommendations on what skills they need to \build futher to be successful in their individual career track.

People say that MSU diploma can open many doors for its alumni. Likewise, the diploma of our Program, taught in English, can open many borders!

Networking with the MSU alumni associations around the world

After graduating from the MSU, you can become a member of the largest and very prestigious alumni networks.

Apart from Russia, MSU alumni live and work almost in any country of the world!

Among MSU alumni there are several Nobel Prize laureates, many famous politicians and country leaders.

Enroll into our Program and you’ll have a chance to become one of our famous alumni too!

About Lomonosov MSU Masters Programme

About Moscow

About Moscow State University (Lomonosov MSU)

  • Moscow State University was established in 1755.
  • More than 40 000 students (graduate and postgraduate) and about 7 000 undergraduates study at the university, and over 5 000 specialists do the refresher course here. More than 6 000 professors and lecturers, and about 5 000 researchers work for the faculties and research institutes.
  • Every year Moscow University enrolls about 4 000 international students and postgraduates from all over the world.
  • Moscow University campus is an extremely complex system, with its 1 000 000 m2 floor area in 1 000 buildings and structures, with its 8 dormitories housing over 12 000 students and 300 km of utility lines.
  • MSU library system is one of the largest in Russia, with its 9 000 000 books, 2 000 000 of them in foreign languages, and the average number of readers 55 000, using 5 500 000 books a year.

Moscow State University is a major traditional educational institution in Russia, it offers training in almost all branches of modern science and humanities. Its undergraduates may choose one of 128 qualifications in its 39 faculties, while post-graduate students may specialize in 18 branches of science and humanities and in 168 different areas. The total number of MSU students exceeds 40 000; besides, about 10 000 high school students attend various clubs and courses at MSU. Various kinds of academic courses and research work are conducted at MSU Museums, affiliated subdivisions in various locations in Russia, on board scientific ships etc.

MSU is a center of research science famous for its major scientific schools. There have been 11 Nobel Prize winners among its professors and alumni, out of 18 Russians who have received the prestigious prize so far. Many more MSU scientists have been awarded various Soviet and Russian prizes for their achievements, among them 60 Lenin Prizes and 120 State Prizes, over 40 MSU scientists having received the State Prizes over the last decade.

Among those who teach and do research at MSU there are 2 500 higher doctoral degree holders and almost 6 000 holders of candidate degrees, the total number of professors and instructors being about 5 000; there are over 300 full members and correspondent members of the Russian Academy of Sciences and other academies. About 4 500 scientists and scholars are currently involved in 350 research projects in various fields.

Besides its 39 faculties, Moscow University comprises 15 research institutes, 4 museums, 6 local branches in Russia and abroad, about 380 departments, the Science Park, the Botanical Gardens, The Library, the University Publishing House and a printing shop, a recreational center and a boarding school for talented children.

A number of new faculties, departments and research laboratories have been recently established, new academic programs are being continuously introduced together with new curricula; there are over 140 distance learning programs. Research has recently started in 30 new interdisciplinary areas.

The University’s scientific potential creates a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary research and pioneering work in various branches of science. The recent years have been marked by achievements in the fields of high-energy physics, superconductivity, laser technology, mathematics and mechanics, renewable energy sources, biochemistry and biotechnology. New problems to be studied by scholars often reveal themselves while they are working on various aspects of sociology, economics, history, psychology, philosophy and the history of culture. On average 800 doctoral and 200 higher doctoral degrees in various fields of science and humanities are awarded at MSU every year.

The 1st Humanities Building on the new campus Moscow University is a major innovative center. The first Russian Science Park appeared at MSU; in the last three years about 70 small companies have been founded within the Park, they specialize in chemistry and innovative materials, biotechnology, pharmaceutics, ecology and environmental management, production of scientific equipment and instruments. The Park unites about 2 000 scientists who work to make scientific achievements into technological innovations, cooperating with business companies in the development of innovative technologies. It is in the Scientific Park that the links with leading Russian companies and potential employers of University graduates are established. Another area where links between academics and business have been successfully developing is corporation universities within Moscow University that are a model of innovative approach to tuition. Accomplished in 2006–2007 within the framework of the National Educational Project, the practical implementation of the approach resulted in 67 innovative Master’s Degree programs.


Information from Lomonosov MSU official website msu.ru