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The first in Russia to train sociologists of the new digital generation, this programme prepares specialists with the skills they need for gathering and processing data using the most up-to-date technology and methodology. The programme includes not only general and specific sociological and humanities topics, but also mathematics and computer science, giving students the opportunity to become proficient in programming and information systems.

Courses in the humanities, social sciences, and other areas help students to develop skills in critical thinking and sociological research methodology. Graduates go on to work at consulting and marketing companies, internet advertising agencies, and digital start-ups, as well as in the online gaming industry and digital media.


4 years
Full-time Programme
Instruction in English


Why should I trust You? LIME method for machine learning tasks

On the seminar of our Research Group on November 16, Olga Silyutina told about the ways of applying the LIME method. The classical tasks of machine learning were used as examples: regression and classification, including the demonstration in both R and Python.

Conference on online education Stepicon 2017

From the 22nd to the 23rd of September, participants of our Research Group Alexander Sirotkin and Alina Bakhitova and 3rd-year students of BA "Sociology and Social Informatics" Anna Bataeva and Olga Silyutina took part in the educational conference Stepicon 2017, which was held at the main office of Stepik.

QTEM Will Choose Best Students

On October 6 Bruno van Pottelsberghe, chairman and dean of QTEM (Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management) from Solvay Business School held a presentation at HSE Saint-Petersburg. The HSE campuses in Moscow and Saint Petersburg joined QTEM in March 2017, enabling students to learn new quantitative and analytical skills whilst spending a semester or two in one of the world’s best business schools.

Symposium of young scientists

The symposium of young scientists "Cyberspace: Prospective socio-economic and humanitarian research" was held on 20th June.  The symposium was at the ITMO University and became one of the events opening the Information Society Week Conference.

HSE Joins Top 50 in QS Rankings of Young Universities

The Higher School of Economics (HSE) has taken 48th place in the QS Top 50 Under 50 ranking. Furthermore, it is the sole Russian academic institution in this ranking.

The Second International Conference “Digital Transformation & Global Society” (DTGS’17)

The Second International Conference “Digital Transformation & Global Society” (DTGS’17) was held between 21 and 23 June, 2017, to address various issues of information society development. The conference was co-organized by the National Research University Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg) and the ITMO University.

Participants of the Research Group at DTGS'17

21-23 of June the conference "DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AND GLOBAL SOCIETY" (DTGS'17) was held at the ITMO University. It was organized by the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg and the ITMO University. The particiants of our Reseach Groop took part and presented thei works.

Tuition Fee Discounts for Foreign Applicants

The Academic Council of the St Petersburg branch of the Higher School of Economics approved a policy providing for fee discounts for the most talented international applicants entering the university in 2017. Discounts will be based on the total score achieved in entrance examinations.

The Higher School of Economics at SPIEF

This year, the Higher School of Economics (Moscow and St. Petersburg branches) not only participated in the programme of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, but also had its own stand at the SPIEF Investment and Business Expo.

Labor market: the analysis of IT-specialists and freelance projects

On the 27 of May another seminar of the Research Group "Machine Learning and Social Computing" was held. Anastasia Nesterenko and Ivan Mishalkin told about their scientific projects.