Political Science and Regional Studies

Postgraduate program "Political science and regional studies" includes the direction 23.00.02 "Political institutions process and technology". The direction is carried out at the Faculty of Humanities.

The field of professional activity of the graduate students includes different spheres of the socio-cultural and economic space of the Russian Federation and the world, the structures of state power and administration, political parties and socio-political movement, regional and international organization, the system of modern international relations; political culture, business and society, educational organizations of higher education.

The objects of professional activity of the graduate students are: political, economic, social, demographic and linguistic processes at the local, regional and national levels, international relations and foreign policy, political expertise and political consultation; problems of historical development; processes in culture, ethnicity, language and religion.

Graduate's types of professional activity are: research in the field of political science, foreign regions and regions of Russia, international relations, public policy and social sciences; teaching activity in the field of political science, foreign regions and regions of Russia, international relations, public policy and social sciences. The postgraduate program is aimed at mastering all occupations for which the graduate is preparing.

Postgraduate study is a system for training highly qualified specialists of the new generation, competitive in the market of intellectual labor, with the skills of analytical, research and teaching activities. To apply for the postgraduate program candidate should hold master’s or specialist’s degree in the related field.

Russian higher education is divided into undergraduate (bachelor's), graduate (master's or specialist’s) and postgraduate (PhD) levels. Bachelor’s degree programs duration is 4 year, master’s degree program is 2 more years (6 years in total). Specialist’s programs are usually lasts for 5 or 5,5 years. Specialist’s degree is equated to bachelor’s + master’s degrees obtained.

Postgraduate programs’ duration is 4 years. At the beginning of the studies an individual training plan is drawn up. Postgraduate education includes research under the guidance of scientific supervisor. Therefore, for admission it is important to accurately determine the faculty and department, where you would like to continue your studies, to have a potential PhD supervisor and thesis abstracts.

During this time, it is necessary to have several scientific publications. Upon completion of the program and postgraduate exams, graduates receive the postgraduate diploma. After receiving a diploma you have the opportunity to become a Candidate of Sciences. It can be achieved by defending a thesis for the Candidate's Degree at the end of the studies.


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