HSE’s flexible study system allows students to choose an individual educational track in order to acquire knowledge in the areas that are interesting and important for them. You can browse all courses offered in a given academic year in the Course Catalogue.
Students choose subjects from the approved curriculum of the educational programme and form their individual curricula, which include:
- All subjects from the programme curriculum’s core (compulsory courses)
- Subjects from the variable part of the programme curriculum, according to the list and to the rule of choice (1 out of 2; 2 out of 4, etc. These are called elective courses in Course Catalogue).
As a result, a student’s individual curriculum for one academic year usually includes 60 credits.
Almost all programme curricula include a list of optional courses recommended for students in the programme. It is up to students whether to include a certain optional course in their individual curriculum. Credits for these subjects are accumulated above the necessary 60 credits a year, which means that a student is fully responsible for the grades received for these courses. Optional courses might be offered by a faculty or a particular degree programme (In the Course Catalogue you will see the following: optional course - faculty, optional course). Some eligibility restrictions might apply.
There are various types of courses that are not included in programme curricula. They vary by target audiences and conditions of choice and assessment.
In the Course Catalogue you will also find the following types of courses (in addition to compulsory, elective, bridging, and optional):
MAGOLEGO, or ‘elective courses from open university list’ – these are subjects from an obligatory list of elective courses to be chosen by first-year Master’s students in all educational programmes OR a special part of the curriculum with a particular ECTS credits limit which is freely chosen by a Master's students.
MINORS – an important part of the new undergraduate study model (launched in 2014). A minor is a combination of non-core subjects, which will add to a student’s educational track. Most minors are currently taught in Russian but there are some that are taught in English.
OPEN OPTIONAL COURSES (in the Course Catalogue: optional courses - university)—courses in various fields of study that can be studied by students of any faculty, class year, or educational programme. Their important feature is that they can be studied not only by HSE students, but also by anyone from other Moscow universities or elsewhere who has a wish to do so.
Other features of HSE Unviersity degree programmes include:
PROJECTS that represent a new element of the undergraduate educational model (since 2014). Depending on the requirements for project participants, students of different years and educational programmes can participate.
MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES by leading HSE lecturers. The courses can be found in open access on Coursera and the Russian National Open Education Platform. In addition to the opportunities mentioned above, students can take fee-paying continuing education programmes in the framework of the ‘HSE+ PROJECT’, offered by various university departments.