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Programme Aim and Objectives

The aim of the programme is to train highly-skilled experts to succeed in both non-academic positions that demand historical expertise, and in academic specializations. The programme applies a practical approach, offering both traditional, research-related training methods, as well as the development of practical skills relevant to applied history. The programme is designed to prepare students to work in the professional sphere following graduation and it also provides graduates with the research background necessary for an academic career. It trains students in new historical approaches and methodologies to ensure their success when applying to PhD programmes.

The programme objectives are the following:

1. To offer an innovative combination of fundamental and applied training in order to provide graduates with essential knowledge of global, comparative and transnational history, as well as specific expertise and skills related to the practice of applied history.

2. To provide the theoretical and interdisciplinary training necessary for the practice of applied history:

  • historical memory and identity policy, theories of nationalism, imperial and colonial studies and postcolonial forms of identity, history in national, colonial and postcolonial discourses;
  • environmental and technological history, history of science, history of law, economic history;
  • historical heritage, public museums and the media, archeaology and policy of historical heritage, historical urban studies.

3. To emphasise the application of knowledge by concentrating on research work and by providing a practical focus for MA theses.

4. To train students in modern IT and software in order to help them develop skills in using historical data in a professional setting.

5. To introduce active learning methods (case studies, project and team work) into the learning process, as well as research seminars, master classes and internships of an international standard. A part of this training is devoted to developing skills related to the policy and practices of managing cultural and historical heritage. The programme aims to combine academic studies and research by organizing regular seminars and involving students in projects conducted by the Center for Historical Research, HSE – Saint-Petersburg.