Soft Skills Master’s courses



Module description

Developed according to the latest educational trends, these courses meet all international educational standards. Soft Skills discipline will help you improve, develop or form your supra-professional competences. Three courses are taught in English, four of them are taught in Russian, and the “Life in Science” course is available in both English and Russian.

How to sign up Till September 15, use platform to choose a course.
Schedule You have the opportunity to choose a discipline and then choose a group with the most convenient time for classes. All the courses of the Soft Skills block are modular. You will have intensive lectures and practical sessions for two weeks during the discipline. Confirm your choice, and the system will send us, Soft Skills coordinators, your application. The number of seats in the group is limited! If a convenient time is not available for selection, this means that all places have already been taken, and you will have to choose something else.
Contact us

Address: 9 Lomonosova Street, room 3103 

Phone: 8 (812) 607-04-66,



Career Management in Science (in Russian)

More information you can find here Управление карьерой в мире науки


Valeria Limonova

Olga Poldner

Ekaterina Tyurikova

Alexandra Mayurova

Elena Bykovskaya

Svetlana Sultanova

Anastasia Kushkoeva

Alena Shchelokova

Irina Timofeeva

Inna Anokhina

Yulia Ryabukhina

Alexander Grebennikov

Olga Sorokotyaga

Maria Ososkova

Personal Efficiency and Time Management (in Russian)

More information you can find here Личная эффективность и управление временем


Marina Kazantseva

Elena Karpova

Maria Ososkova

Anastasia Prichislenko

Ksenia Rzayeva

Inna Toporova

Elena Ponomareva

Tatiana Afanasyeva

Tatiana Vasilieva

Evgeniya Shestakova

Daria Helstein

Olga Kalyaeva

Mikhail Pushkarev

Olga Sorokotyaga

Alena Dzhumagulova

Alexey Gustyshkin

Efficient Team Management (in Russian)

More information you can find here Эффективное управление командой


Anastasia Bulatkina

Olga Hoffman

Elena Karpova

Konstantin Kim

Tatiana Kopylova

Yulia Romanenko

Olga Arlashkina

Vadim Moichkin

Alena Bondar

Nikita Rusmanov

Inna Toporova

Natalia Platonova

Vadim Starikov

Natalia Bukina

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI) is a key leadership skill that helps people to achieve goals, high performance, and productivity at work as well as to maintain effective personal relationships. It includes the ability to perceive, facilitate, understand, and manage emotions. It is a skill that can be developed. This course is based on the materials acknowledged worldwide, the latest research, and authorized practices. Through reading, listening, and discussing EI concepts, mastering the five core skills of EI, observing peers, and writing reflection journals, students will deepen their awareness of their emotional life, needs, and motivation. As a result, they will understand others better and enhance their skills for effective communication. Such practical activities as case studies, simulations, and group discussions will help students to apply this new experience in real-life social situations. 


EMOI is a course in English language, therefore the main prerequisite for the course participation is B2 level or above. Students are expected to be active participants in classroom discussions and other learning activities.

Course workload: 4 credits | 144 academic hours


Yulia Romanenko

Maria Stepanova

Ekaterina Vlasova

Anton Glavatskikh

Nastasia Nikolaeva

Tatyana Muchnik

International Research Management Essentials

International Research Management Essentials (IRME) is a graduate-level course offered to students pursuing Master’s degrees. The goal of the course is to teach students how to develop research project proposals from start to finish and prepare them step-by-step for their final defenses. Through an intensive project-based learning approach, students from multicultural backgrounds and miscellaneous disciplinary fields engage in real-world problems inspired by UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals. Upon completion of the course, students also learn and acquire some of the most essential 21st century skills ranging from complex problem solving to data-driven decision-making skills.  

In order for teams to develop their research projects and compete with other teams, a cross-continental, diverse group of experts train students in product-oriented sessions grouped in four topic clusters: 

  • Research Design: identification and formulation of the research problem, finding literature (Scopus, EndNote Click), bibliography management (Zotero), formulation of the hypothesis, the aim and objectives of the research, the expected research findings, developing roadmaps and Gantt charts;
  • Commercialization of Research and Social Entrepreneurship: proven formula to win funding, pitch presentations for possible investors, pitching;
  • Career Management: career management process including strategies, CVs, networking, interviewing techniques for a research position and/or internship;
  • Public Presentations: public speaking and vocal presence, effective speech techniques, anxiety management, graphic editors for visually attractive and effective presentations.

Course highlights:

  • Author of the book “The Startup Pitch: A Proven Formula to Win Funding” Chris Lipp gives a talk based on his unique expertise;
  • Yaprak Dalat Ward gives a talk on career management.


English language proficiency — level B2 or higher

Confident users of Google Docs & Google Sheets, Zoom and, preferably, Miro

IRME is a course in English language, therefore the main prerequisite for the course participation is B2 level or above. Students are expected to be active participants in classroom discussions and other learning activities.

Course workload: 3 credits | 108 academic hours


Chris Lipp

Meriç Bıçakcıoğlu

Adrian Braun

Yulia Claridge

Yaprak Dalat Ward

Mona Khalil

Polina Khapaeva

Mikhail Kurushkin

Lynnae Lehfeldt

Ray O’Brien

Tatiana Panteli

Alexey Slobozhanyuk

Christoph Sprung

Svetlana Sultanova

Daniel Tordera

Ekaterina Tyurikova

Skip Ward

Negotiation, Influence and Conflict Management

We all negotiate every day. We communicate online and in person, with colleagues or in a store. The well-known negotiation techniques of hard and soft types, when there’s a winner and a looser are now long forgotten.

In a fast-paced world we all need extra negotiation skills that open new perspectives on reaching our goals and help us find creative solutions to daily challenges, taking into consideration interests of both sides. This course covers “Harvard” method, and “Kremlin School” approach. Among other things, the students will learn what the “bargaining arena” and the best alternative are. We will talk about getting out of standard negotiation traps and come to mutually beneficial agreements.

Course workload: 4 credits | 144 academic hours

Prerequisites: NICM is a course in English language, therefore the main prerequisite for the course participation is B2 level or above. Students are expected to be active participants in classroom discussions and other learning activities.


Yulia Romanenko

Maria Stepanova

Resource State Management (in Russian)

More information you can find here Управление ресурсными состояниями


Alyona Dzhumagulova

Elena Karpova

Natalia Verigina

Olga Sorokotyaga

Anastasia Borisova

Anastasia Prichislenko

Life in Science: Guide for Young Researchers (in Russian)

Life in Science: Guide for Young Researchers

The goal of this course is to become a vivid and fascinating guide to modern science for young researchers. That’s why it covers a lot of relevant questions at once:

  • what is modern science and why successful researchers can’t hide in their office or lab forever;
  • what “life forms” apart from fundamental research exist in modern science and how to succeed with the help of improved self-presentation and personal efficiency skills;
  • how to write a paper that will be published and read by the target audience;
  • how to talk about your research activities in front of a wide audience so that everyone understands;
  • how to build a career in science consciously and what rankings and reputation systems may help;
  • how to commercialize your research results and why it’s important to think about the relevance of your work;
  • how to receive financial support (scholarships, grants, and so on);
  • which obstacles can young researchers face and how to overcome them;
  • which skills each “life form” requires and how to improve them.

Course workload: 4 credits | 144 academic hours

Organization of Scientific Research (in Russian)

More information you can find here Организация научных исследований


Elena Bykovskaya

Alexandra Mayurova

Ekaterina Tyurikova

Irina Timofeeva

Career Management

The course consists of two parts. During first part you will learn what is an identity and career guidance, what tips you need to know to successfully pass the interview, how to write a resume and motivational letter, so the employer did not throw them aside after 10 seconds of reading, what summer school or internship to choose, and how to present yourself competently and speak in front of people. And most importantly, make a personal career plan for the coming years.

In the second part of the course, you'll study what it's like to work in a multidisciplinary research team, understand your team roles, your strengths and weaknesses, come up with a common research project together with your team, write a grant proposal, and take a workshop on how to write a research paper.


Maria Ososkova

Olga Chernaus

Nadezhda Kolk