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About the Programme

The undergraduate programme in Economics offers students fundamental training in modern economic theory. They study a wide range of mathematical disciplines, the most recent data-processing technologies, statistics, and econometrics, as well as work with advanced software packages. The programme includes intensive training in various fields in applied economics and financial economics.

What will I study?                                     

Concentrations in applied economics offer courses such as industrial market analysis, economic mechanism design, collective decision-making, contract theory, public sector economics, labour economics, models of economic growth, international economics, socio-economic forecasting, analysis of economic and social networks, computer modelling in economics, and computer practical training in forecasting. Students interested in research can take a special course on application of mathematical methods in academic research.

Concentrations in finance include courses such as corporate finance, investment analysis, business analysis, international standards of audit and financial reporting, taxation, financial management, banking, and insurance.

Courses offered by the programme have strong access to IT resources. Computer classes and a media library provide opportunities to use information and search systems, as well as library e-resources, which include, for example, databases of Russian and international journals and collections of e-books. This is particularly important when it comes time to prepare for end-of-year and graduation papers, which students write and defend in English.

In a globalizing economy, the opportunity to receive intensive language training is very important for students. The highest performing students have the option of choosing an optional second foreign language. Some of the required, optional and additional subjects are taught in English; these include, among others, Microeconomics, Institutional Economics, Finance Theory, Economy and Politics in the Far East and South-East Asia, Introduction to World Economy, Spreadsheet Modelling in Economics, Analysis of Imperfect Markets, Economics of Innovation, Economics of the Public Sector, International Finance, Computer Workshop on Econometric Forecasting, Research Seminar in Applied Economics, and Research Seminar in International Economics.

International partners

The programme cooperates with the Mannheim Business School (University of Mannheim, Germany), École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers (ESSCA, France), and Aix-Marseille University (France). Students in the programme have the opportunity to compete to spend a semester at one of these universities.

Faculty

The programme’s faculty is balanced and includes both experienced academics, who supervise students in their research papers, and professionals from banks, industrial companies and consulting firms.

Individual Tracks/ Additional Profile

Starting in the 2015/2016 academic year, HSE students in their second year of study and higher have the opportunity to choose an additional profile from an educational programme in addition to their main one. Five additional profiles are available for students of Economics at the St. Petersburg School of Economics and Management.

  • International Business, as part of the programme in International Management at the HSE St. Petersburg School of Economics and Management;
  • European Space, based on the programme in Political Science at the HSE St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Humanities;
  • Asian Studies, as part of the programme in Asian Studies at the HSE St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Humanities;
  • Big Data Science, as an interdisciplinary project of the HSE Campus in St. Petersburg faculties and laboratories;
  • Additional research profile for top-performing students, as an interdisciplinary project of the faculties and laboratories at the HSE campus in St. Petersburg.

Economics students are offered a special set of optional professional courses that they take prior to choosing their main profile. One of the aims of these courses is to help students understand additional opportunities that economists have in related areas and the advantage that an additional profile can provide alongside the main programme in Economics. These courses include Theory of Argumentation, Mathematical Research 1, Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis, Economy and Politics of South-East Asia and the Far East, and Introductory International Economics.