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

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.

Competition for MSc applicants

The International Centre for Research in Human Developments (ICRHD) is pleased to announce the results of the Competition for the applicants of 2018 for the MSc “Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology”.
Based on the expert assessments of jury (who are the ICRHD specialists and/or lecturers of the MSc), Anastasia V. Sorokina was decided to be the winner of the Competition. She has got a maximum score among the participants for the task.
We congratulate Anastasia! She will be granted with bonus to an entrance examination for the MSc “Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology”.


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

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.

Habib N. Nobakht

I was always fantasizing living in Siberia for some years. When I found out that Tomsk State University offers this MSc programme in English, I began to search about it and I found that International Center for Research in Human Development offers a great opportunity for me to continue my studies and researches there. And now, I am here in Siberia! Attending courses taught by very nice lecturers; Excellent classmates with different backgrounds and attitudes; Wonderful nature and temperature of -40 C! My fantasy is real now!

Valeriya Kozminykh

My name is Valeriya Kozminykh and I am the 1st year student of MSc programme “Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience & Psychology. I am very happy and glad to be a part of this MSc programme and I’m also very proud that TSU has such a programme, and that such high-class professors are sharing their valuable and rich experience with us. I'm sure that after our graduation there will be many opportunities for our self-realization. It is a big advantage that our programme is fully implemented in English, which allows us to study at the international level. We have a very friendly and multicultural group, with guys who are always ready to help and support you. I feel super positive on what is waiting for us and I know for sure that success and great opportunities are waiting for us as well. You can always get a feedback from your teachers and share your thoughts as well and they will always guide you and help. And as we know the field of Genetics and Neuroscience is very popular nowadays and so it is extremely interesting to see how it develops and it is amazing to feel that you are a part of it.

Zhanna Borodaeva

The programme provides overview for such booming fields as behavioral genetics and bioinformatics. It equips students with basics of data analysis, individual differences, research methods and some other disciplines. The most striking feature of the program is the possibility to collaborate inside the international team of researchers with prominent scientists, and students’ engagement into real lab projects covering neuroscience, experimental and behavioral genetics research. I am grateful for expertise that I gained throughout the study and research in the programme. Specifically, I would like to say many thanks to Prof. Kovas for her kind belief into every student’s capabilities, and her fantastic teaching and scientific abilities.

Oleg Li

Hello! I am Oleg Li. I am 56 but I decided to be a student again. I graduated from TSU Physical department some time ago. However, I worked in other projects. One of them is the food project ‘Mr He’ Another one is the ‘creativity’ project I like social psychology and I am interesting in social problems solving. In addition, I like ideas of creativity thinking and human development. These are reasons why I have chosen MSc program: Human development.


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.

For more information please visit:

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.

For more information please visit:

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.

Institute for Law and Ethics (ILE)

ILE brings together Lawyers, Scientists and Policymakers to work on legal and ethical implications of genetics, including updating laws to protect individuals and ensure fair use of genetic findings.

ILE also provides professional training, consultation, reports and expert opinions in matters related to legal and ethical implications of genetics.

The Institute collaborates with international partners, including in the UK, USA, China and Canada.


Genetic advancements are intertwined with peoples’ fundamental rights, are highly complex, and genetics science is one of the fastest progressing sciences in human history.

The amount of information we can now extract from an individual’s genetic data makes the need for updated legal protection/regulation urgent. With current laws in place, people are not protected from potential misuses.

The LESIG Working Group was established by Institute in collaboration with TAGC and InLab, Goldsmiths, University of London.

LESIG operates in the UK and Russian Federation.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships

Tuition fees for (2019/2020):
Home Students: 231,450 RUB.
Overseas Students: 231,450 RUB; overseas students cannot compete for budget places. However, top students can qualify for discount, 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.
For excellent performance in the entry examination and in the course assessments students may qualify for reduced fees. Further information is available here


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 Daria Matsepuro – 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).
Appliction date for overseas students: 15 January — 10 July 2019
Appliction date for Russian students: 1 April — 12 August 2019


To apply for the programme: Home students. Please check theмагистратура/ for the application guidelines andдокументы-для-поступления/ to see the list of required documents.
International students should contact the International Office of Tomsk State University ( — 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

Contest for the applicants of 2019

The International Centre for Research in Human Development (ICRHD) announces a Contest for the applicants of 2019 for the MSc “Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology”.

We invite students with Bachelor’s (BSc)/Specialitet and Master’s degree or practitioners in psychology, biology, mathematics, computer science, linguistics, pedagogics, medicine and others!

Participants will have an opportunity to get extra score to their entrance examination!

There are 4 main tracks:

  • Design it!
  • Analyse it!
  • Report it!
  • Present it! / 3 minute Science Talk

To register, please, follow the link:

Registration will be closed on April 30, 2019
When registration is completed, participants will be sent a file with tasks (as well as relevant requirements) to the E-mail address indicated in registration form. Completed tasks must be sent on E-mail:

Tasks have to be completed in English!

Deadline: May 31, 2019

The winner of each track will be granted with 10 extra scores to the entrance examination as well as a souvenir from the ICRHD.

Results will be announced on June 10,2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Programme manager: Daria Matsepuro (

You are welcome to be the part of the first English Master’s programme on interdisciplinary research of human development in Russia!


MSc Programme Manager — Daria Matsepuro
Tel: +7(3822) 786-050
Address: 634050, Tomsk, Tomsk State University
8, Moskovskiy Trakt, 4th building TSU.
International Centre for Research in Human Development