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Research seminar and internships

Some of the most important parts of studies are the research seminar and the projects based on thematic approaches which take a large part of students` time. The aim of project activities is to develop abilities in doing substantive research on a chosen topic. The project research is supervised by a lecturer or practitioner depending on the topic and the student`s interests. It could be of a more academic or more applied character and connected with the training students obtained during their internship.

The research seminar is an important part of studies in the programme and is held throughout  the entire period of study. It implies regular meetings and independent work. Its aim is to helpstudents develop skills needed to complete the thesis requirements successfully. It includes both class studies and individual work under supervision. The subject of the seminar contribution should be related to the course work and Master`s thesis

The final grade for participation in research seminars is composed by completing the seminar requirement: 1) essays reflecting current progress of work on term paper and Master’s thesis 2) oral presentations 3) participation in class discussions.

In the first year a student must submit four texts: research plan (module 2), term paper project (module 3), historiography review (module 4), term paper for final defense (module 4).

In the second year a student must submit four texts: explicate thesis research plan (module 1), synopsis of a thesis (module 2), report on empirical research (module 3), Master Thesis for defense (module 3).

The aim of the seminar is to introduce students to high quality new research in the broad realm of applied and interdisciplinary history, production, translation, and application of historical knowledge. As a result, the seminar is expected to help students produce high quality Master`s theses on a publishable level. Students are expected to receive in-depth experience of working with academic literature, participation in academic discussions, and skills needed to produce and reason their own point of view as well as participation in project-based activities built up on the experience and knowledge they got during the internship periods.

Students will be involved in various research activities, such as:

  • Deeper learning of historiography in the field with particular focus on literature related to the topics of the course papers and MA Thesis. In the beginning of the first year the seminar will be organized around presentations by lecturers who will introduce their own research and methods, as well as organizational aspects of the seminar;
  • Producing individual projects – course work in the first year, and Master`s thesis in the second. In so doing, in the first year of studies, students will have to make presentations and take part with other students in class in discussions of current results, sources, theoretical issues, and other questions related to their research, including discussions of course work and the topics of their Master`s theses;
  • Presentation of detailed research plans of Master`s dissertations;
  • Preliminary defense of Master`s theses.

Internships both in Russia and abroad form an important part of curricula. The places for internships include various museums such as A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications, Ice-breaker "Krassin"The Peterhof Museum Complex etc., archeological institutions, tour companies, media and NGOs. Internships are compulsory for students and enable them to establish connections between theory and practice while making a contribution in communities of applied historians. There are two periods of internships: two weeks at the end of the first year of studies and three – four weeks during the second semester when the MA Thesis will be under preparation. There will be possibilities to take internships in other regions than Saint-Petersburg. In addition to internships students will be involved in other learning and project activities such as Summer Schools in Russia and abroad.