Doctoral School of International Relations and Regional Studies

This doctoral school offers a comprehensive three-year programme to train research and teaching staff in the following focus areas:

  • Political issues of international relations, global and regional development
  • Modern history
  • History of international relations and foreign policy

By taking a qualification-based approach, the school aims to train international affairs experts, as well as historians of international relations and the modern age who have competencies not only in their field of research, but also in related research fields. Additionally, specialists trained by the school will have fundamental and applied knowledge, along with the skills in research, analysis, communication and teaching that will enable them to work effectively both on research teams and independently as required by their professional and career goals.


To successfully defend a doctoral dissertation, PhD candidates need not only the support of their academic supervisor and close friends and relatives, but also system-wide assistance from the university department or faculty where they study. However, HSE University researchers have found that such support can take different forms and that each has a different effect on how confident a student feels in their ability to successfully defend their dissertation. The results of their study were published in the journal Higher Education Quarterly.
June 06
International students interested in joining HSE University can apply for full-tuition scholarships from the Russian government. Applications for the 2022/23 academic year are open from March 1–11. We spoke to HSE University doctoral students about their work and about how scholarships have helped them pursue their research goals.
February 25
How studies will be arranged from October 25 to December 30.
October 22, 2021
Classes in the new academic year will take place on site for students of all HSE University campuses. Existing COVID safety precautions will remain in effect.
August 17, 2021
HSE University continues to develop its new study format for students embarking on a research career: the Combined Master's-PhD track. This year, there will be 75 places for Master’s students on the track—two thirds more than last year. HSE Vice Rector Sergey Roshchin talks about the appeal of the combined-track option, how to enrol, and the achievements of last year’s applicants.
July 19, 2021
International students are elible to apply for full-tuition scholarships provided through the Federal Quota Scheme funded by the Russian government
February 01, 2021