The Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages
Moscow State Linguistic University


Specialisation: Analysis of Political Processes in the Modern World

Study Mode: Full time

Duration: 4 academic years (240 ECTS)

Entry Criteria: Russian Certificate of Complete Secondary Education (or equivalent), with school-leaving Unified State Examination results in History, Foreign Language, and Russian

Do you want to understand the dynamics underlying political processes agenda across the globe? Do you want to perform a comprehensive analysis of global politics? Do you want to be good at both political science and speaking two foreign languages? If so, then our university has an attractive option for you.

Programme Overview

Our 4-year Bachelor programme introduces the students to the peculiarities of modern practical political science, the core subjects of political theory, comparative politics, political economy and geopolitics, which are then applied to the analysis of real world political situations. The emphasis of the programme is made on the analysis of modern world political processes, taking into account the theory and history of politics, political psychology, geopolitics and other aspects of political science. You will develop a critical understanding of political dynamics at local, national and global levels, while acquiring practical analytical and language skills. Uniquely, the programme allows you to combine your major with two modern languages (English & FL2). At the end of your studies you will give a viva presentation of your graduation research paper (Bachelor’s Thesis).

What You Will Study

The course is taught through a combination of lectures and classes.

Core subjects

· History

· Philosophy

· Jurisprudence

· Business communication in Russian

· Introduction to the specialty

· Latin

· Economics

· Political history

· Introduction to research methods

· Two modern languages (practical classes)

· Theory of politics

· Political sociology

· History of political doctrines

· Mathematical methods in political studies

· Geopolitics

· Political psychology

· Modern Russian politics

· Political regionalism

· Modern political communication

· Political analysis and forecasting

· Comparative political science

· Political management

· Fundamentals of national and international security

· Political technologies

· Political dynamics in the modern world


· Modern geopolitical doctrines

· Geopolitics of Russia

· Ethnopolitical science

· Religious and political relations in the modern world

· Psychology of international relations

· Political communication in international relations

Course structure

Year 1

The first year focuses on developing your competence in the History of politics and Economics. You are also offered a number of other courses, such as Philosophy, Latin, History, Legal studies and etc. In addition, you will develop your competence in your FL1, laying the foundation of FL2 (from the second semester).

Year 2

In the second year, you will develop your knowledge of such disciplines as Political science, the History of political theory and Political sociology. These subjects are combined with intensive training in the two foreign languages.

Year 3

During the third year, you will dive deeper into the political peculiarities of your region, its geopolitical background and continue to develop skills in spoken and written languages (FL1/ FL2). You will also study the Theory of international communication and have the course in Political psychology. The second semester is a time of your first four-week work placement period.

Year 4

In the fourth year, you will extend your studies further into specialist areas of political science, including international communications, political technology, international political psychology, regional and national security and etc. You will be allowed four weeks to complete your Bachelor’s Thesis.


On graduation, you can either continue your studies to get a Master’s Degree or go out to work and apply the skills acquired in government structures, human resources, public administration and political science institutions.