Masters in Physics in Russia

Masters in Physics in Russia

Russian universities are known for their strong school of physics and the educational traditions.

After signing the Bologna declaration in 2003, Russian universities have been modernized according to the European standards. Master’s degree is the second educational stage, opening prospects of further scientific work in the field of physics and teaching in schools and colleges. The duration of the Master’s programme is 2 years.

Starting from the first year, graduate student is attached to a scientific supervisor, PhD or Doctor of Sciences, who advises the student in writing the thesis. The diploma is granted after thesis defense.

Programmes and Specialties

Master’s in physics in Russia comprise in-depth study of applied subjects, research work and writing a thesis. If you going to study physics in Russia, you can choose next courses:

  • Biophotonics;
  • Gravitation, cosmology, relativistic astrophysics;
  • Quantum optics, nanoparticle physics;
  • Medical physics;
  • Nanotheranostics;
  • Mesoscopics, non-conventional materials;
  • Radiophysics, electronics;
  • High- and super high energy physics, etc.

Russia sponsors space programmes, nanotechnology research, developments in the energy sphere. This education will ensure your participation in innovative programmes, help to interact with the leading scientists, Nobel Prize winners and researchers. For the entire list of Master’s programmes in physics, please, click here.

Admission Procedure

To apply for Master’s degree in physics in Russia, the candidate ought to have the Bachelor’s or Specialist’s degree. The equivalent certificates are also accepted. The candidates take the entrance exam i.e. tests and several tasks on general sections of physics. Sometimes there is an interview on the chosen Master’s programme.

The entry to the Russian Federation is permitted with a student visa. You can get it in the Russian embassy (consulate) in your country or in a visa center. More information on visa regulation is here.

Some Universities may ask for the international certificate of Russian or English language. It depends on the programme and applying terms and should be specify by prospective student before sending documents.

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Preparatory Courses

Preparatory programmes for the Master’s admission help the applicant to better the structure of the Russian educational system, to integrate into the educational process and to study the typical tasks from the entrance exams. For more details about the programmes of major Russian universities, such as UT, SPbPU, IKBFU, ETU LETI, please click here.


Many universities in Russia offer Russian language courses to foreign students. You can choose the programme that corresponds to your language skills - from А1 to С2. The catalogue includes intensive courses for 100 hours or less or full courses, up to 1 year.

Some Master’s programmes are also taught in English (High- and super high energy physics in MEPhI, Nanosystems physics in MISiS and other).


Here is some Universities, which have programmes for foreign applicants :

  • RUDN (Moscow);
  • TSU (Tomsk);
  • NSU (Novosibirsk);
  • MEPhI (Moscow);
  • SPbPU (Saint Petersburg);
  • UT (Tyumen);
  • UNN (Lobachevsky University) (Nizhny Novgorod);
  • FEFU (Vladivostok), etc.

The tuition fee of Master’s degree in physics starts from RUB 140,000 ($2,400). To send an application to the best state universities, please sign up here.


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