Taught at MGIMO in Moscow over four years, this program offers a unique multidisciplinary curriculum that covers the most important approaches to understanding the social and political phenomena around us and develops analytical and practical skills essential for success in a broad variety of jobs and career trajectories.

The key distinguishing feature of the program is the combination of international politics and law as major fields of in-depth study. In addition to a broad range of subjects in world history, contemporary global issues, international security, conflict resolution, negotiation, decision making psychology, the impact on technology on international relations and others, students take up to 10 legal disciplines, starting from political and legal theory and proceeding to comparative constitutional law, financial law, international public and private law. Program curriculum also includes plenty of case studies in contemporary international legal issues.

Our tested mix of politics and law equips students with state-of-the-art toolkit allowing them not only to practice diplomacy on behalf of governments or international organizations, but also to consult businesses and non-profits on the international legal context of their operations. Expertise gained in our program includes responding to the risks of sanctions and charting mediation strategies to resolve transnational conflicts involving private companies and government bodies.

For international students, the program is designed as a gateway to Russian politics, culture, and business. Yet its aperture is broad enough, so that almost no pressing global issue is left out of focus. We train our international students to proficiency in the Russian language and at the same time work hard to develop their soft skills, such as leadership and entrepreneurship.

Indeed, our program stands out for its intensive language training — students are expected to reach B2/C1 proficiency levels in at least one foreign language aside from English — and for the access that students enjoy to the Russian and international decision makers at MGIMO — Russia’s main venue for academic and policy discussion of international relations.

Program’s faculty — MGIMO’s own leading teachers, other top-notch Moscow-based experts, and visiting professors — hold advanced degrees from renowned universities and have significant international exposure. Our faculty members are best positioned to deliver conceptual insights into and cutting-edge analysis of a whole gamut of issues — from conflicts in Eurasia to climate change and from decision making psychology to negotiation and conflict resolution.

The main admission requirement for this program is fluency in the English language (C1/C2) that allows comfortably to study sophisticated subject matter in English from day one. We therefore consider high school education in English, such as International Baccalaureate (IB) or A levels, as a prerequisite. Prospective students holding Russian high school diplomas are invited to apply to the Double Degree MGIMO — Reading University BA Program in Politics and International Relations.