International Centre for Research in Human Development
The International Centre for Research in Human Development
The mission of the International Centre for Research in Human Development is to generate and implement new knowledge about human development that will lead to improvement in quality of life and well-being of people at all stages of their life.
Our aims are to generate new fundamental knowledge through interdisciplinary research and to implement this knowledge in such areas of human life as education, health, career and professional activity, including in extreme circumstances.
We use an interdisciplinary approach, utilising methods of psychology, education, linguistics, genetics, bioinformatics, neuroscience, medicine and ethics – to improve our ability to support positive development in different contexts and throughout the life course.
The International Centre for Research in Human Development is also 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).

To read more about the International Centre for Research in Human Development please follow this link to Tomsk State University Science Portal.
Interdisciplinary MSc programme in English
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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.

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.


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:
  • PhD (Aspirantura) in any of the programme disciplines or interdisciplinary research
  • Educational practice, administration and policy making
  • Science communication
  • Industry (employment, diagnostics, training, data analysis etc.)
  • Cognitive and neuro-technologies
Faculty & Invited Lecturers
Yulia Kovas
MSc programme Director
Sergey Borisovich Malykh
Zoya Ivanovna Rezanova
Gordon T. Harold
Michel Boivin
Isabelle Vinet
Dmitry Yurievich Balanev
Fatos Selita
Konstantinos Papageorgiou
Maria Grazia Tosto
Oksana Viktorovna Tsaregorodtseva
Tomasz Bloniewski
Margerita Malanchini
Elaine Karyn White
Ashok Jansari
Gabrielle Garon-Carrier
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.

Russian School Twin Register (RSTR)

Twin Register is an important research resource for interdisciplinary studies looking into relative contribution of genetic and environmental factors into various aspects of human development at different stages in life. Created in 2011 and continuously expanding, the Russian School Twin Register is part of the international network of twin studies, along with such registers as the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS), The Western Reserve Reading Project, and The Québec Study of Newborn Twins (QSNT).

Currently, RSTR supports the project PROGRESS: Progress in education through gene-environment studies. More information on the Russian School Twin Register (RSTR) is available at

TAGC (The Accessible Genetics Consortium)

The TAGC’s goal is to communicate genetic knowledge in an accessible way and to address its ethical and legal implications to enable everyone to benefit from genetic discoveries.

For more information, please visit

International project «Genetically Informative Study into Brain Mechanisms Underlying Mathematical Ability»

The main goal of the project is the analysis of the aetiology of individual differences in mathematical ability and achievement. The project focuses on cognitive and non-cognitive aspects of mathematical learning including memory, motivation and anxiety. The project includes a variety of methods and approaches, in particular the twin method, EEG and cognitive psychology. The purpose of the project is to contribute to the development of new "mathematically friendly" education programmes from school to university.

Understanding of Bullying and Victimization in Different Countries

The project is part of the Indian-European Research Networking Programme in the Social Sciences. Bullying is a physical and/or psychological violence aimed to cause fear in the victim and to dominate. The main goals are to understand what are the different terms used to describe different types of behavior related to bullying in different languages as well manifestations of this behaviour in different cultures.

Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of Language

The aims of the Laboratory are to study mutual influences of linguistic and cognitive mechanisms on the processes of generation and perception of speech in native and second language; and creation of mathematical models for processing of language units and texts.

Understanding the processes of interference at different stages of speech ability and mastery of native and foreign language helps to optimize processes of language education and communication practices in socially important areas. Mathematical modeling for cognitive processes in the processing of language stimuli is the basis for improvement of text arrays automatic processing systems.

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Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations in Space Exploration

The aims of the Laboratory are to gain knowledge in order to improve training for humans working in space as well as transfer this knowledge to other areas of human activity under extreme conditions.

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Prospective Longitudinal Interdisciplinary Study (PLIS)

The study uses the unique method of comparing groups of children and parents with varying degrees of genetic relatedness resulting from IVF (in-vitro fertilization) as well naturally conceived children and their parent. The longitudinal study begins in pregnancy and continues to school age (and beyond). The study examines the relative contribution of genetic, pre- and postnatal factors in different aspects of child development (health, social and cognitive development, education, etc.).

Knowledge Mobilization on Early Childhood Development

Development and support for the Russian version of Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development – an international and interdisciplinary free on-line resource in the field of child development for parents, teachers and educational policy makers

Cross-cultural Adaptation and Evaluation of Programmes in Early Childhood Development

Evaluation and implementation of educational programmes, methods and approaches to early childhood development.

Spatial Abilities

Spatial ability is an ability to locate, store, reproduce and modify spatial relationships between objects. The main objectives of the project are: analyze the components of spatial thinking; to explore the architecture of these components, or spatial relationships between these components; to explore the relationship between these components and academic performance, life achievement.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships
Tuition fees for (2017/18):
Home Students: 207,000 RUB.
Overseas Students: 207,000 RUB; overseas students can not compete for budget places. However, top students can qualify for 50% discount per year, based on the results of mid-programme assessments.
A number of Competitive Studentships (budget places) are also available.
The International Centre for Research in Human Development and the International Network for Research in Child Health and Development may offer additional opportunities to complete short and longer term visits at our partner laboratories and Universities. For example, in 2017 two students from the MSc programme have been selected to complete 6 months of the programme at Goldsmiths, University of London.
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 contact Maxim Likhanov – MSc programme manager (

How to apply 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). Information about the next entry exams will be available in 2017.

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 ( - Veolette Galitskaya, 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
Get in touch
MSc Programme Manager - Maxim Likhanov
Tel: +7(3822) 786-050
Address: 634050, Tomsk, Tomsk State University
8, Moskovskiy Trakt, 4th building TSU.
International Centre for Research in Human Development