MGIMO University & University of Florence

Dual degree master programs


The programme trains experts in lobbying and government relations. Courses in Law, Decision Making and Economy will prepare students for their careers in public institutions and private GR-departments.

Duration 2 years
Tuition fees €1000 + €7000
Tuition language english, italian
Application deadline July 1
Internship 3months + 3 months
Core disciplines Law, Economics, Political Science, Management


Core courses 1st year — University of Florence

  • Interest groups politics
  • Challenges in Global Economy
  • Storia dei sistemi elettorali
  • Economia delle istituzioni
  • Finanza pubblica
  • Sociologia e politica dello sviluppo
  • Comparative lobbying law
  • Diritto elettorale e parlamentare
  • Diritto delle pubbliche amministrazioni
  • Metodologie e tecniche della ricerca empirica
  • Sociologia e politica dello sviluppo

Core courses 2nd year — MGIMO University

  • Applied Political Analytics
  • Methodology of Political Research
  • Parliamentary Law Legislative Lobbying
  • International Lobbyism
  • Rule and Exchange: Foreign Aid and Alternative Diplomacy
  • Sanctions Regime: Government and Business Strategies
  • International Business: Assessment of Social and Political Risks
  • Anti-Corruption Policy






  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • 2 reference letters
  • Bachelor transcript / copy of diploma
  • IELTS / TOEFL certificate
  • 2 photos

Submit portfolio via email:

Application deadline — July, 1


Government relations have recently become an integral component of any business strategy. Enterprises pursue opportunities to shape bills and public policies so that they promote the interests of private companies.

GR education encompasses a large set of competences ranging from law and economics to fine negotiation practices and business risk assessment. Experts in GR are required to have a rich general knowledge and master multiple skills which can be acquired through thorough learning and practice only. That is what SGP offers to students in GR and International Lobbying.

The two-year master’s program leads students through academic disciplines and practice-oriented workshops to internships in governmental institutions, private enterprises and NGOs

University of Florence

During their first year at the University of Florence students widen their understanding of how decisions are made both at parliamentary level and in individuals’ minds, who the stakeholders are and what tools they use to shape bills and policies.

MGIMO University

The second year at MGIMO offers students a busy schedule with narrow subjects covering specific aspects of GR, specifically focusing on lobbying practices, GR-activity of business associations, legislative process and business analytics, which constitute the daily routine of a lobbyist or a GR-expert.


The 4th term is fully focused on thesis and 3-month internship. Students are free to choose a place for their internship from a list of MGIMO partners as well as to negotiate it with an enterprise of their choice. For committed and skillful students internships often become the starting point of their careers.


MGIMO performs impressively well in connecting graduates with their employers: the University scores 5/5 stars in the QS University Ranking on Employability.

he 4th term is fully focused on thesis and 3-month internship. Students are free to choose a place for their internship from a list of MGIMO partners as well as to negotiate it with an enterprise of their choice. For committed and skillful students internships often become the starting point of their careers.

Program graduates have employment opportunities in private and state companies, international organizations and NGOs, media companies, universities and research centers. MGIMO graduates are in high demand by employers in business and politics.

MGIMO Career Centre provides a wide range of career and recruitment opportunities. Its main goal is to help students and graduates launch their careers in:

  • Major Russian and international firms;
  • National public/government bodies and agencies;
  • International organizations;
  • International research centers and think-tanks.

The Career Centre holds up to 40 events annually including MGIMO Career days, professional master-classes, workshops, case-studies and simulations, companies’ presentations, etc. The Career Centre has supported hundreds of students and graduates in finding internships and full-time jobs.


Alessandro Chiaramonte

Professor, the University of Florence

The Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Florence is one of the oldest and most reliable European schools, for this very reason we have chosen the School of Governance and Politics, MGIMO University, as our academic partner since it was the first school established in Russia to focus on political studies. At the moment together with the SGP we are launching a unique master’s degree program designed for experts in GR who will be able to work both in public and private sectors, involving such global giants as UBI Banca, Dolce& Gabbana, Bayer, Bulgari, Nestle and KPMG.

Gaspare Ruggia

The double degree program between MGIMO and the university of Florence is a great opportunity to understand how the legislative process works in both countries. Furthermore, the knowledge of the lobbyism activities gives you the opportunity to study the deep relationship of the public and the private sphere that occurs inside the Parliaments.


Henry T. Sardaryan

PhD, Dean of the School of Governance and Politics, member of the Academic Council of the School, member of the Academic Council of the University

Fields of interest: Political system of Italy; religious factor in politics; public administration.

Maria F. Utkina

Deputy Dean of the School of Governance and Politics
+7 495 229-40-46
+7 925 171-82-44

Tatiana A. Alekseeva

Head of The Department of Political Theory, Honoured scholar of the Russian Federation, Professor, PhD

Fields of interest: Theory of international relations, modern political theories

+7 495 229-38-16

Daniil A. Parenkov

Lecturer at the Department of Political Theory

Fields of interest: Religious lobbying and religion in international relations