The History of Soviet Civilization

Taught in Russian

The British Master's Degree (University of Manchester, UK) and the Russian Master's Degree (MSSES) 

Andrey Zorin – the scientific supervisor of the program, Doctor of science in Philology, Professor at School of Public Policy in RANEPA, Professor at Oxford University.
Roman Konchakov - program manager, PhD in History, Associate Professor, Head of the History Department, MSSES.

The main objective of the program is to train specialists in the history of Soviet society. The graduates can work as academic researchers or public historians. The program focuses on the history of Soviet citizen. What was the life of an ordinary man in Soviet Union? What economic, cultural and ideological factors shaped his world? This is the first historical Masters in Russia entirely focused on the history of the Soviet Russia.

The training courses are designed to develop theoretical and applied skills of professional historian of Soviet Russia. Public history issues form the essential part of the program. The Master both offers systematic knowledge of the facts and introduces modern theories and methods of studying history (including comparative).

The lectors are Russian and foreign researchers of the social, cultural and economic history of the Soviet period.
Teaching is conducted in Russian. However, the mastery of the program also requires English, since the curricula of the courses are made up of both Russian-language and English-language literature. A number of elective courses can be held in English.

For whom is this program? 

  • for baccalaureate graduates from Russia and other countries willing to continue academic career or to master Public history;
  • for teachers of social and human sciences;
  • for art workers, whose activities imply the representation of the past;
  • for media figures.

Even the applicants who do not have a basic historical education can enter the magistracy. They will be offered an additional introductory course on the history of Russia.
The graduates are expected to conduct research projects in Soviet history, work as consultants, develop educational programs, create media projects.

Advantages of the program: 

  • Modern relevant profession.
  • Evening training gives an opportunity both to study to work.
  • International practices and internships.
  • Improvement of the English language.
  • European diploma in Russia. Graduates of the program receive two diplomas: the British Master of Arts in History and the Russian Master in History.


  • 120 000 rubles per year.
  • 240 000 rubles (2 years).

Training program: 

  • History of Soviet state and society(video)
  • Historiography of the USSR history 
  • History of the Great Russian Revolution (1917-1922)
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to study the history
  • Modern historiography (video)
  • Economic history of the USSR
  • USSR in the Second World War
  • Project Workshop
  • Foreign language
  • Left-wing radical terrorism in Russia in the twentieth century
  • History of Soviet childhood
  • Memory of the Soviet in the post-Soviet era
  • The USSR and the outside world
  • Cultural symbols and emotions in history (video)
  • History of the Soviet School (video)
  • Soviet society: history through everyday life
  • Practices of commemoration: ways to create a personal and collective image of the past
  • Trends in censored and uncensored public opinion (video)
  • History of Stalinist culture (video)
  • History of Soviet traditions and rituals (video)
  • Biography and family memory in a historical study
  • Instrumentalization of history in the media
  • Historical informatics: digital reconstruction and the representation of the past
  • Studies of nationalism in the historical perspective
  • Introductory course on the history of Russia XIII-XX centuries.
  • Academic writing

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