New interdisciplinary MSc programme in English – Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology



Key information

Subject Area: Interdisciplinary

Faculty: International Centre for Research in Human Development, Psychology

Qualification: MSc in Psychology

Programme Director – Professor Yulia Kovas (

Deputy Programme Director – Dr. Olga Yevgenyevna Bogdanova  (

Programme language: English

Modes and duration:

Full-time: 2 years

Campus based (intensive 2-week study/assessment sessions in September, December, February and  June in Year 1 & September, December & February in Year 2) + Distance learning elements, supported by  TSU Virtual Learning Environment - MOODLE

Compulsory and Elective Modules

Individual study trajectories through interest-based electives, specialization and research projects

Different Tracks:


Early Child Development

Genetics, Bioinformatics and Neuroscience

Personalised Education: Diagnostics, Prevention, Correction, Talent and Creativity Fostering


Core Modules:

  1. Interdisciplinary Study of Development
  2. Individual Differences
  3. Research Methods
  4. Behavioural Genetics
  5. Data Analysis
  6. Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
  7. Academic Writing, Publishing and Presenting
  8. Experimental Psychology
  9. Ethical, Legal and Societal Issues in Research

Options (students will choose 3 out of 6 options):

  1. Child Development Programmes
  2. Cognitive Technologies
  3. Bioinformatics
  4. Language and the Brain
  5. Aetiology of Developmental Problems
  6. Linguistics in the system of natural science

Top career destinations for this degree:

  1. PhD (Aspirantura) in any of the programme disciplines or interdisciplinary research

  2. Educational practice, administration and policy making

  3. Science communication

  4. Industry (employment, diagnostics, training, data analysis etc.)

  5. Cognitive and neuro-technologies

Fees, funding & scholarships

Tuition Fees (2018/19) 

Home Students:  234 000 RUB per year. 

Budget places: 10. 

Overseas Students: 234 000 RUB per year. 

The International Centre for Research in Human Development and the International Network for Research in Child Health and Development may offer opportunities to complete short and longer term visits at our partner laboratories and Universities.

Our students 

In the first cohort of the students there are graduates from a variety of academic backgrounds: foreign languages, economics, mathematics, computer science and philology.


Information about admission to the programme can be found HERE: Admissions. Programmes in English,

To ask any questions or express interest in the programme, please contact Daria Matsepuro – MSc programme manager ( 

How to apply

Application Dates:

  • For overseas students: 15 January – 14 August 2018

  • For Russian students: 03 April – 14 August 2018

Entry Requirements

Bachelor's (BSc)/Specialitet degree in an appropriate discipline or an overseas qualification in a relevant subject. Students with other qualifications may also be admitted if they possess relevant experience in a field related to any of the programme disciplines.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

Entrance examination: interview, portfolio & exam in Psychology (material will be provided to the applicants). More information about Entrance examination is available on:

To apply for the programme:

Home students. Please check the for the application guidelines and to see the list of required documents.

International students should contact the International Office of Tomsk State University ( – Eva Burbo, Recruitment and Foreign Students Documentary Support Specialist) to inquire about the process of documents submission, invitation and visa application process, and other issues. International Office representative will send upon request the list of necessary documents and provide additional information.

Further information can be found at the TSU International Office web-sites:

More information about the programme 

This interdisciplinary programme provides training in both the basic scientific and technological principles of modern research methods, and in their application to understanding and improving human development.

Students will develop a foundational knowledge of all aspects of human development, including biological foundations of individual differences, gene-environment processes, brain mechanisms, cognitive and other psychological processes.  Students will acquire the principles and main aspects of data acquisition and analyses, and gain a good working knowledge of modern methods for scientific investigation of human development.

The design of the course aims to maximise students’ transferable skills, including the training in publishing in leading academic journals, presenting at international conferences, and translating research to practice. Our international research partners from world leading universities include: King’s College London; Goldsmiths, University of London; University of Sussex, Ohio State University, Laval University, Moscow State University and other.

The International Centre for Research in Human Development is a member of multiple consortia and networks, including Twin Registries, TAGC (The Accessible Genetics Consortium), INRiCHD (International Network for Research in Child Health and Development). Together with our partners, we promote research that is of direct relevance for clinical, educational, training and other types of practice – towards improving human development.  With leading reputation, excellent infrastructure and extensive international links, TSU is a great place to be a student.

Students on this programme are immersed in a world-class international interdisciplinary scientific environment, taught by leading experts in the fields.  The programme is relevant for educationalists, clinicians and policymakers – equipping them with sound understanding of cutting edge knowledge about human development. The programme is also relevant for researchers – equipping them with theoretical understanding and methodology for interdisciplinary research into human development.  Students will benefit from active research environment and excellent infrastructure.

More information can be found here

To read more about the Programme, please follow these links 

Master’s Degree Programme of the International Centre for Research in Human Development – “Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology”

Contact us

MSc Programme Manager – Daria Matsepuro (


634050, Tomsk, Tomsk State University

8, Moskovskiy Trakt, 4 th building TSU.

International Centre for Research in Human Development

Phone: +7(3822) 786-050

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