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Specialist’s degree

Specialist’s degree is a tradition form of the Russian Education. Training of specialist includes both general education and in-depth specialized training within the chosen speciality. Regulatory time-limit of specialist training of full-time education is at least 5 years, part-time – 6 years.

According to results of graduation thesis/work defense carried out at public meeting of the  State Certification Commission, the Qualification “specialist’ is awarded. It gives a right to enroll in graduate or post-graduate studies.

For a number of medical specialities (medicine, pharmacy, preventive medicine, pediatrics, dentistry) there is an additional condition in order to be enrolled in: successful completion of the internship.

According to amendments to the Federal Law “On Higher and Postgraduate Professional Education" (Chapter II, Art. 11), 2011 "obtaining higher education  on the basis of the short-term specialist training programs and master's degree programs is not permitted”.

According to the Federal Law "On Higher and Postgraduate Professional Education" qualification “Specialist” is the second stage of higher education, as well as master’s degree. But the goals and objectives of training in master programmes and specialist’s ones are different. Specialists are trained for professional careers in a particular narrow area.

Choosing a specialist’s degree, a student cannot be enrolled in master on a budgetary basis, as in this case, in line with the legislation, the Master's degree is the second higher education degree. But the specialist, in contrast to Bachelor’s degree holder, can go on to postgraduate study.

The prestige of a specialist’s degree is quite high. In Russia, employers estimate it much higher than a bachelor's degree. But the recognition of such diploma in Europe is complicated. It happens often that specialist’s degree holders have to face problems of employment abroad, as most European countries recognize  only bachelor's or master's degrees.

Students of specialist programmes have a right to draft deferment for all the study period, but in case of going on to master's programmes, this right is annulated.


The Olympiad is held in cooperation with the Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, Asia-Pacific Career Launcher (APCL) New-Delhi, on August, 14th 2017
The Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (PFUR) announces the beginning of admission of foreign citizens who graduated from Bachelor and Specialist Degree programs of PFUR and other Russian and foreign universities, for Master Degree programs of the 2016/2017 academic year.

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