Skills & Career Paths
The program curriculum is designed to develop both practical and research skills, allowing our graduates to choose a career they strive for. We consider the labor market to be flexible nowadays, so we design the curriculum the way that students may have a wide range of skills and career trajectories upon graduation.
While the core courses in political science and world politics provide the students with general understanding of how politics and international relations work, the other courses help them to master specific skills to boost their career.
First, there are courses that develop critical and analytical thinking, as well as decision-making skills. Our students can perform policy analysis, collect and interpret the data for better decision-making. They have necessary skills in project management and organizational communication. This allows our alumni to work in the area of governance and management, both for governments and private companies.
Secondly, we have a lot of courses that master the students' research and data analysis skills. They can design a research in the field of social sciences and conduct it using a variety of techniques: qualitative, quantitative and configurational. Our graduates are proficient in statistics and data analysis, familiar with various software applications, including R. This allows our students to work in the field of data analysis or continue their education in the best MA programs of Europe and Russia.
Thirdly, our students have advanced writing skills, making it possible to become political journalists and experts.
Our Graduates' Career Paths
Our graduates typically continue their studies upon graduation, and enroll in various prestigious MA programmes, both in political science and international relations, and in a number of adjacent academic areas. The knowledge and skills provided within the BA programme suffice for an informed and unrestricted choice of future career, but they also allow for shaping an ongoing educational trajectory even in new fields of study.
Among the universalities our graduates choose to proceed with their MA studies are the University of Tartu (Estonia), the Central European University in Budapest (Hungary), the Radbound University (the Netherlands), the University of Glasgow and Cardiff University in the United Kingdom. In Russia these include the European University in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University, the HSE in Moscow, Moscow State University and others.
Upon the completion of the MA studies some of our graduates decide to pursue their academic career, thus, enrolling in the PhD programmes at the Central European University in Budapest (Hungary), the European University Institute in Florence (Italy), the European University in St. Petersburg, the HSE, and others.
Some of our students start working right after graduation. They get employed in a variety of organizations: public authorities of St. Petersburg and other regions, NGOs, private companies. Some of them engage with political journalism.
To learn more about the success stories of our graduates, please check the Alumni page.