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HSE’s flexible study system allows students to choose an individual educational track in order to acquire knowledge in the areas that are interesting and important for them.

Students choose subjects from the approved curriculum of the educational programme and form their individual curricula, which include:

  • All subjects from the programme curriculum’s core (default)
  • Subjects from the variable part of the programme curriculum, according to the list and to the rule of choice (1 out of 2; 2 out of 4, etc.).

As a result, a student’s individual curriculum for one academic year should include at least 60 credits.

Almost all programme curricula include a list of optional courses recommended for students in the programme. It is up to students whether to include a certain optional course in their individual curriculum. Credits for these subjects are accumulated above the necessary 60 credits a year, which means that a student is fully responsible for the grades received for these courses.

There are two types of subjects (courses) that are not included in programme curricula. They vary by target audiences and conditions of choice and assessment:

MAGOLEGO, or ‘elective courses from open university list’ – these are subjects from an obligatory list of elective courses to be chosen by first-year Master’s students in all educational programmes.

MINORS – an important part of the new undergraduate study model (launched in 2014). A minor is a combination of non-core subjects, which will add to a student’s educational track. Students are invited to participate in the Honors Track project with the ability to write Honors Thesis research work on the subject of the minor.

OPEN OPTIONAL COURSES – courses in various fields of study that can be studied by students of any faculty, class year, or educational programme.

Illustration for news: The New Academic Year at HSE University – St. Petersburg

The New Academic Year at HSE University – St. Petersburg

The HSE St. Petersburg administration has issued an order ‘On the specifics of organizing the educational process with the participation of students and postgraduates of HSE University – St. Petersburg in the 2021–2022 academic year’. The order outlines measures to protect students from COVID-19 for the 2021/2022 academic year.

Illustration for news: ‘The Format We Are Proposing Is the Most Suitable’

‘The Format We Are Proposing Is the Most Suitable’

Anna Korovko on the registration for elective courses 

Illustration for news: Registration for Elective Courses Reopens June 10

Registration for Elective Courses Reopens June 10

It will be held in several rounds

Illustration for news: Starting June 7, Students Can Choose Elective Courses for Next Year

Starting June 7, Students Can Choose Elective Courses for Next Year

This year students can do it in the updated ‘Elective courses’ module

Illustration for news: Elective Course Enrollment for the 2021-21 Academic Year

Elective Course Enrollment for the 2021-21 Academic Year

Test out the new platform

Illustration for news: Minors in Intercampus Format

Minors in Intercampus Format

Questions and Answers

Illustration for news: Registration for HSE Minors Starts March 22

Registration for HSE Minors Starts March 22

This year, all minors will be available to students of all four HSE campuses

Illustration for news: Registration for HSE's Optional Courses of the Second Semester Open for Everyone

Registration for HSE's Optional Courses of the Second Semester Open for Everyone

On December 17, registration for open optional courses will start on the HSE online education platform. All courses will be online and open to everyone, regardless of age and level of education.