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Master’s Degrees in Russian Federation

Master’s Degrees in Russian Federation

The world is your oyster with the Master's degree: it gives access to the international scientific community, boosts your chance of getting a position in a major international corporation.

Features of Studying in Russia

Master's programmes in Russia last 2-2.5 years. This the second stage of two-level higher education system. In contrast to the Bachelor’s programme, the grad school allows in-depth concentration on specialized subjects. Universities encourage research, analytical and consulting activities of the students.

From the first semester, every student is attached to a top qualification supervisor – PhD or Doctor of Science. Together with his supervisor, the student chooses his/her subject and conducts a full-fledged scientific research. You can only get a master’s degree after passing your PhD defense.

Specialties and Qualifications

Universities conduct Master’s admissions of foreign students in the following areas:

  • Aviation, missile and space equipment;
  • Architecture;
  • Medicine, biological science;
  • IT, IT security;
  • History of art;
  • Engineering;
  • Nanotechnology;
  • Political science;
  • Geodesics, geology, mining & petroleum engineering;
  • Tourism & hospitality;
  • Management;
  • Electrical and heat power engineering;
  • Legal studies, etc.

The technical, engineering and scientific programmes are traditionally the most profound in Russia.

Admission of Foreign Students

Master’s admissions require a bachelor’s (or specialist’s) certificate or other document, which is recognized in Russia as an equivalent of these academic degrees.

For unimpeded entry into the territory of the Russian Federation, admission and studying, foreign citizens ought to get a student visa. It can be done in a Russian consulate or a visa center. The visa is issued for 3 months and can be renewed annually in the Head Migration Office of the Russian Ministry of Interior.

To obtain a Master’s degree in Russia, the applicant must firstly pass the entrance exams, get a medical insurance for the whole period of the programme and sign an agreement with the educational institution.

Preparing for Admission

Additional educational programmes for Master’s admission include intensive language practice, familiarization with the new educational system, and student life in Russia as well as specialized courses to successfully pass the entrance exams. Course duration is 1 or 2 semesters depending on the programme and frequency of classes.

Learning the Language

The course is read in Russian in most Master’s programmes and grad schools, though some universities, such as RUDN (Moscow), UrFU (Ekaterinburg) or HSE University (Moscow) offer programmes for foreign students in English as well.

The universities provide Russian language courses for foreign students. The following programmes are especially popular: Russian as a foreign language, Additional humanitarian educational programme (UT, Tyumen), Preparatory course for Russian as a foreign language (UrFU, Ekaterinburg). Find the entire list of Russian language programmes here.

Top Russian Universities

Master’s programmes are available for international students in different universities:

  • Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (Moscow);
  • UrFU (Ekaterinburg);
  • TSU (Tomsk);
  • MIPT (Moscow);
  • HSE University (Moscow);
  • SPbPU (Saint Petersburg);
  • ITMO University (Saint Petersburg);
  • Samara University (Samara) and other.

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