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Training of highly qualified (PH.D, Doctoral programmes)

The education system of the Russian Federation

The structure of the education system of Russia, its general principles of functioning and development as well as the main social characteristics are defined by the Russian Federal legislation in education.

So, what is the education system of Russia? Its basic elements, according to the fundamental law, is a set of:

  • Compatibility of education programmes and state educational standards;
  • Educational institutions implementing education programmes and state education standards;
  • governing bodies of education as well as establishments and organizations within jurisdiction of them.

The term "education programme" (OP) means an integral/coherent programme of a certain level of education, classified as an education qualification.

The higher education has three stages.

 Bachelor’s degree can be got at least in four years.

Specialist’s degree  and Master’s degree can be got  as step by step as continuously, but the minimum study period  in specialist’s  degree programmes is five years and in master’s degree programmes is six.

Individuals with primary or secondary vocational education of relevant profile can get professional education on reduced accelerated programmes.

The programmes of specialist and master training have no hierarchical relations and are not in the relation "the subsequent — previous". The differences between them lie in the fact that the specialist training programme is more practical oriented, and the programme of Master  training focuses on the scientific and pedagogical activity of graduates.

Postgraduate professional education is implemented in postgraduate study. The right to go on studying on this level have those who hold master’s  or specialist’s degrees.  The term of study on postgraduate level is three years. After successful defense of doctorate thesis it is awarded the first scientific degree — the candidate of science.

 The main tool that provides national-level quality and continuity of educational programs are state educational standards (GOS).

Additional education  can be got by citizens upon occurrence because according to the law "On education", programmes of additional education "are implemented in order to fully meet the educational needs of individuals, society and the state".  Some additional education programmes can be got during the formal education training . Intention of these programmes is to provide an access to a professional development of those who feels need for addition or up-dating of their knowledge.

Set of the main and additional educational programmes represents a basis of the Russian education system.

 School of Doctorate in Science

The School of Doctorate in Science is a full time postgraduate professional education with duration of three years of training and defense of doctor’s thesis. Only holder’s of PhD degree or its equivalent can enter a School of Doctorate in Science.

Those who accomplished an individual working plan successfully has a right to be awarded with  a certificate of completion of School of Doctorate in Science. Those, who could pass defense of thesis is awarded by a Dimploma of Doctor in Science of the State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation.


Traineeship is a form of scientific research or educational research at a Chair of  University, carried out in accordance with the objectives of programme and traineeship.

Traineeship is possible as through getting Federal Budget’s funding (submission of documents from January to June), as through the payment of tuition’s fees (documents are applied for a period from September to June, i.e. during academic year).



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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