Applications Open for 2017, Master`s Programme "Applied and Interdisciplinary history “Usable Pasts”", Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg

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On November 1, applications opened for 2017 admissions to undergraduate and graduate programmes at HSE. This year, a new online application system has been introduced to simplify the procedure for international applicants.

The aim of the Master`s Programme "Applied and Interdisciplinary history “Usable Pasts”" is to train highly-skilled specialists to succeed in non-academic positions that demand historical expertise or further excel in the pursuit of their academic career. The program has a practical approach, offering both traditional, research-related training methods as well as the development of practical tools pertinent to applied history. On the one hand, the programme is designed to prepare students for work in the public sphere right after graduation. On the other hand it produces graduates with a strong research background in preparation for an academic career and trains them in new historical approaches and methodologies to ensure their success when applying to PhD programmes.

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

It provides the theoretical and interdisciplinary training necessary to 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.

Three application rounds have been created so that candidates can learn about the results of their applications as early as the end of February 2017.

Instructions on how to apply are available at

The online application form can be directly accessed  at

Specialist staff in HSE-St.Petersburg International Office are here to help you throughout the application process – from advising on choosing the right course to applying for a visa. Please write to with any questions about the application process.

Deadlines for 2017 International Admissions


Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Application Deadline

February 1, 2017

May 1, 2017

July 1, 2017

Decision Date

February 28, 2017

May 31, 2017

July 15, 2017

We encourage you to apply as soon as you feel that your application is ready. Please note that only applications received in the first and second rounds (by May 1, 2017) will be considered for full-tution scholarship funding

Other scholarships may be available on a programme-by-programme basis.

More information is available at

Contact: Dr Julia Lajus, the head of the program, jlajus[at]