Sociology of politics and international relations

Master's programme

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About program

Master’s degree in Sociology of Politics and International Relations aims to give students a thorough knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary developments in the society, politics, economics and culture of this large and diverse area.

The program is designed for students who want to meet the needs of a variety of employers in major public, commercial and voluntary institutional settings and who wish to acquire a specialized knowledge of sociology and international relations. It is also intended to cater for newly graduated first degree holders seeking to enter employment in areas which require people with an in-depth knowledge of these academic fields and highly developed analytical skills.

If you wish to grow as a specialist in the area of international relations, sociology and economy as a part of the globalized world, this Master’s degree in Sociology of Politics and International Relations is irreplaceable for achieving your aims.

The program is open for both local and foreign students. Therefore, we do acknowledge the difference in students’ backgrounds in the language, sociology, political studies and international relations. However, this diversity enables professors to consider each academic issue from very different angles encouraging the development of the analysis and comparison skills.

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Program details

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Program details

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Language of Instruction: English

Entrance Exams:English, Sociology

Tuition fee: 200 000 RUB (3 060 USD) per year

Duration: 2 years

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  • Modern sociological theories
  • Sociology of social institutes and processes
  • Mathematical methods in political and social processes
  • Policy in the sphere of human rights in Russia and Post-Soviet Countries
  • Cultural studies
  • Regional development and economic planning in the EU and Russia
  • Cooperation in the fields of education, culture and science within the Eurasia
  • Status of an individual in the EU and Russian law
  • Regional foreign, security and defence policies (EU, Russia and Post-Soviet Countries)
  • Russian foreign policy in the Middle East
  • Anti-corruption legislation in the EU, Russia and Post-Soviet Countries
  • Sociological methods in political studies
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How to apply
Make sure you match the prerequisites

To apply for the program you should have at least B2 level of English and Bachelor degree in Sociology or equivalent.

Fill in the online application form

Complete all the fields carefully with the necessary information. Don’t forget to attach a copy of your educational documents, translations (if any*). Our Admissions Team will contact you soon right after you submit the application form.

If there’re no translated and notarized documents, you can do it at the University, during the application procedure
Receive the email from admissions officer

Our Admissions Team will check your documents and inform you about next steps of application procedure. It’s better if you find out more about visa and recognition of your documents in advance.

Pass the exam

You can find the list of examination questions here.

Sign the educational contract and pay the tuition fee

The tuition fee for the program is 195 000 RUB (≈ 3 060 USD. Please, note that it may change due to currency rate)

More information on costs and scholarships, including preliminary agreement form, can be found here.
Application deadline
20 july

Please, note that you should submit your application before application deadline. Otherwise you will not have time to obtain visa and undergo the admission procedure at the University.

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Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences

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1. General information
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I am aware that in the event of my submitting incomplete or inaccurate information, my application for admission will not be considered, and all the results I have received during my studies will be canceled (in case the applicant was enrolled at UNN).

I have been informed on the regulations of admission to UNN, on the tuition & accommodation fees.

I'm aware that after coming to Russia I must come to the International Students Office on the very first working day after arrival.

I am obliged to timely pay the tuition & accommodation fees.

I have been informed on the obligation to present a state-approved certificate of recognition confirming the correspondence of my foreign document on education to those issued by Russian educational institutions in order to enter UNN for undergraduate or postgraduate study.

I note that if I do not fully comply with these requirements, UNN has the right to cancel my application and I will have no claim against UNN in relation thereto.

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