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Below is the list of documents, the information about your admission interview and assessment criteria of your overall portfolio. The addmissions committe uses a 100 point scale to assess your application.

What is assessed

Content and evaluation criteria

Number of points (out of 100 total)




The resume (CV) must be written in English. The CV should reflect the education received; work experience, any practice or research (if any); internships, participation in academic or other conferences / schools in any field of knowledge or activity and / or in events in the field of culture and art; list of publications, including publications in mass media (if any), knowledge of languages.


The information provided in the CV must be confirmed by documents submitted.



Statement of interest

The statement of interest should be written in English. It should indicate reasons for choosing this MA Programme; describe applicant’s possible MA research project; describe briefly what you plan to gain from MA teaching and, if possible, note whose work, research and specialisation from the staff of the teachers of the history department is the closest to you — who could be a potential scientific supervisor of your project. The approximate length is 500–1000 words

max 10

Writing sample of up to 50 pages

The work does not have to correspond to the profile of this master's programme. Provide your most successful, in your opinion, published or unpublished text. This may be your BA thesis or its section, or another thesis, a publication or something prepared or intended for publication, or any unpublished manuscript. 

Writing sample evaluation criteria:

  • depth of analysis
  • use and analysis of sources
  • theoretical statement of the research question
  • novelty of conclusions
  • and / or: criteria for evaluating the quality of work in the subject area of ​​your undergraduate 

max 15

BA with distinction or equivalent





In admission interview, we discuss your submitted documents, your reasons for choosing this particular course and your potential research topic. 


The interview is conducted in English or Russian at the choice of the applicant.


max 45


Provide photocopies or prints of published academic or popular or journalistic works on any subject: articles in academic journals, articles / abstracts in edited collections or conference proceedings, collections of student works, articles in the media, etc. indicating the name of the author and title of the publication, as well as a copy of the magazine cover and page with the contents and indication of the publisher, year of publication, issue number, Internet link and other publication output data.


Internet publications should be printed and provided with valid links to the hosting portal. 

max 5 

Additional documents confirming qualifications (certificates of courses attended, certificates of participation in winter and summer schools, professional certificates)

International certificates of knowledge of a foreign language:

  • TOEFL (Internet Based) from 75 (two-year);
  • TOEFL (Paper Based) from 580 (two-year);
  • IELTS from 6 (biennial);
  • Cambridge / Oxford - Advanced or Proficiency level (perpetual);
  • BEC Higher, BEC Vantage (level not lower than B)
  • (unlimited);
  • O level / GCSE (perpetual);
  • German Goethe Certificate C1 (perpetual);
  • DALF Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (unlimited);


(the presence of two or more certificates does not increase the number of points) 








max 5

Conference participation with a paper or poster, including student conferences

(provide conference program; participation in 2 or more conferences of each category does not increase the number of points)


Work in research laboratories, participation in project groups (in addition to those required for training) and other forms of research work

max 5

Diplomas of winners and laureates of competitions of academic works, olympiads of various levels:

  • Winner with a diploma of the 1st degree;
  • Laureate and prize winner with a diploma of the 2nd and 3rd degree (the presence of 2 or more certificates does not increase the number of points)

max 5

Certificates of participation in winter and summer schools:

  • Schools abroad or international schools in Russia in foreign languages;
  • The rest of the schools (including the HSE school).

(participation in 2 or more schools of each category does not increase the number of points)

max 5