Medical education in Russia is considered as one of the best in the world due to highly qualified staff of faculties, a variety of educational programs in English and relatively low tuition fees.
It is a good choice to study in Russia because it is the country that has always had very high standards of medical education. It is the country where a lot of great medical discoveries were made, and a lot of outstanding scientists were born there.

Nowadays, a number of Russian Universities were ranked as one of the ten best Universities (according to UNESCO). In accordance with national legislation of developed world economy, students that graduated any University registered by the WHO have the same rights, no matter where said university is. The personal merits of students is what valued the most. Most Russian medical universities are registered by the WHO.
The cost of medical education in Russia is much less than in Europe and the USA. Thus, foreign students in Russia can get excellent education for an affordable price.
One of the most popular medical courses among international students in Russia are:

General Medicine (MBBS)

Qualification-Medical Doctor
Duration-6 years

Pharmacy (BPharm)

Duration-5 years

Dentistry (BDS)

Duration-5 years


Qualification-Medical Doctor (Paediatrician)
Duration-6 years


The standard period of mastering the basic educational program of training on the specialty “General Medicine” on a full-time basis in Russia is six years.
The structure of the specialist’s program in Russia includes a compulsory (basic) part and a part formed by the participants in the educational relations (optional). There are disciplines (modules) related to the basic part of the program (Philosophy, Bioethics, History, History of Medicine, Jurisprudence, Foreign languages, Latin language, Physics, Mathematics, Medical Informatics, Chemistry, Biology, Human Anatomy, Histology, Normal Physiology, Biochemistry, General Pathology and Pathophysiology, Microbiology, Immunology, Faculty Therapy, Neurological Diseases, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Hospital Surgery and Therapy, Oncology, and others) and disciplines (modules) related to its optional part (Bioorganic Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Physiology, Medical Elementology, Reproductive Health, Evidence-based Medicine, Telemedicine, Maxillofacial Surgery, Endoscopic Urology, and others).
Students who study Medicine in Russia are actively engaged in research work (including the one within the framework of scientific student societies), as well as they participate in scientific and research-to-practice conferences.
Educational and on-the-job internships in Russian Universities are held in the Simulation Training Centers, Russian University clinics and multi-specialty departments of city clinical hospitals having modern medical equipment, wherein students acquire and consolidate basic practical skills.


Attention to children’s health has always been a priority for both the society and the state in the Russian Federation. Pediatricians care for a child since birth. Children under one year must undergo several health checkups and medical examinations. This Russian system aims to detect pathologies as early as possible and proceed to their elimination. Pediatricians play a key role in this process. Constant professional and intellectual growth can be considered another advantage of the profession of a pediatrician, since this profession requires constant professional development. And, most importantly, any practicing pediatrician supposes that the parents’ gratitude, as well as a healthy and happy baby, is the best reward for one’s hard work. At the same time, pediatricians think that positive emotions they experience in the communication with small patients not only help them perform their work qualitatively, but also make children’s lives better.
Pediatrics in Russia is aimed at training highly qualified specialists in the field of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of childhood diseases. Training is practically oriented and aimed at the formation of system knowledge and professional competences that allow carrying out medical activities.
Medical residents in Russian Universities are distributed to the units of the clinical sites of the department wherein, under the guidance of professors of the department, they have an opportunity both to broaden their knowledge and see application thereof in practice. Students in Russian Universities analyze clinical events, and doing so they can gain some clinical experience during residency training.


The Russian Federation has outstanding dental faculties for national and international students who study dentistry in Russia. Teaching staff of dental faculties in Russian Universities is highly professional, and students study the course with modern treatment equipment.
During the studying process, a foreign student in Russia studies a number of disciplines, which are divided into several modules:

  • Humanitarian, social and economic cycle (includes Bioethics, History of Medicine, Jurisprudence, Foreign languages, Latin language, Economics, and others);
  • Medico-biological and natural-science cycle (includes Physics, Mathematics, Medical Informatics, Chemistry, Biology, Human anatomy, Histology, Physiology, Pathological Physiology, Immunology, and others);
  • The professional cycle includes all special disciplines, as a result of which the student acquires professional dental skills (for example, Prevention and Communal dentistry, Prosthetics, Oral Surgery, Cariesology and many others).

At senior courses, foreign students in Russian Universities, in addition to dental disciplines, study related general medical subjects such as General Surgery, Obstetrics, Dermatovenereology, Neurology, Psychiatry, and others. The combined pathology is studied in detail, as well as the tactics of the dentist in the treatment of patients with general diseases.
It should be noted that in the professional training of dentists, a lot of attention is devoted to the study of modern innovative technologies for diagnosis and treatment of diseases of teeth and oral cavity. For example, 3D modeling and milling of dentures (CAD/CAM-technologies), 3D-roentgenology, implantology, maxillofacial reconstructive surgery, and complex dental prosthetics.
A manufacturing practice, in which students acquire and consolidate basic manual skills, is conducted in clinics and centers where students from the second year can be employed in case of a positive recommendation from the leader of the practice.
Theoretical and practical training of residents is carried out in classrooms and in the simulation center of the Medical Institutes, in the medical center of the Universities, at the clinical bases of profile departments. Training and lecture audiences are provided with multimedia equipment that allows the use of simulation technologies with typical sets of professional models and results of laboratory and instrumental research.
In case of successful mastering of the program, a graduate from the Russian University will be prepared, in particular, for the solution of the following professional tasks:

  • preventive maintenance of diseases of the population (healthy, sick, members of families and staff);
  • diagnosis of diseases, especially early and typical manifestations of a disease, as well as low-symptom and atypical variants of the disease course on the basis of possession of propaedeutic and laboratory-instrumental methods of investigation;
  • diagnosis and first aid in emergency situations;
  • treatment with therapeutic and surgical methods in dentistry;
  • the organization of work in medical institutions and the maintenance of medical records;

After graduation, graduates from Russian Universities receive a diploma (Doctor of Dental Medicine) and are entitled to specialize in residency, as well as to engage in graduate and doctoral studies.


A pharmacist is a broad-field specialist in possession of knowledge about all existing medications, their types and characteristics. A degree in Pharmacy from Russian University allows for a variety of careers. Graduates from Russian University with Pharmacy Degree are in high demand in many laboratories and research institutes in Russia and all around the world. A big number of the program graduates from Russian Universities have successful careers at pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. They work directly with pharmaceutical drugs, as well as with instruments and technologies ensuring conditions for development, production, quality control, and drug circulation control in the sphere of healthcare. After all, pharmacy is an integral part of healthcare system of any civilized country.
Pharmacy in Russian Universities within the curriculum are grouped into several modules: socio-humanitarian cycle (History Of Pharmacy, Latin, Philosophy, Foreign Language), medico-biological natural-science cycle (Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, General and Inorganic Chemistry, Physical and Colloid Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Botany, Biology, Microbiology, Physiology with basics of Anatomy, Pathology, and others) and functional cycle featuring specialized disciplines (First Aid, General Hygiene, Medicine of Catastrophes, Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacology, Toxicological Chemistry, Medical and Pharmaceutical Merchandising, Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Management And Accounting in Pharmacy).
Classes are held in laboratories, IT rooms, lecture halls and theaters equipped with modern teaching and laboratory equipment.
In compliance with educational standards, specialists in Pharmaceutical Science are trained to fulfil the following types of professional tasks: pharmaceutical (production and handcrafting of medicinal products, sales of medicinal products, medicinal drugs storage and transportation management, medicinal drug circulation control activities, quality control, statutory information dissemination, sanitary education, healthy lifestyle promotion); organizational and managerial (medicinal drugs production management, management of activities related to storage, transportation, confiscation and destruction of medicinal drugs, organizational and managerial tasks with organizations engaged in the medicinal drugs circulation, organizational tasks in labor protection, safety and prevention of occupational diseases, monitoring of compliance with environmental safety, accounting and reporting documentation maintenance in pharmaceutical organizations, basic information security compliance monitoring); research (scientific works and statistical data analysis, public presentation of findings, participation in scientific research and solving applied problems in the sphere of medicinal drugs circulation).
Practical trainings are held in pharmacies – introductory practical training, on pharmaceutical technology (manufacturing of medicinal drugs), on quality control of medicinal drugs, on management and accounting in pharmacy; in botanical gardens — on botany and pharmacognosy, at pharmaceutical enterprises — on pharmaceutical technology.


Nursing in Russia is more of a calling than rather than an occupation. This is all about the art of creating such favorable conditions for patients’ recovery like peace and quiet, proper ventilation, unfettered environment, proper nutrition and control of vitals. The unique task of nursing in Russia is “to assist people both in sickness and health, in any effort related to their health, recovery or death with dignity in a manner they themselves would choose, if it is for their strength, knowledge and will.” A nurse participates in providing high-quality healthcare in line with the prescriptions of a doctor in the best interests of a patient. A nurse is a healthcare team member, as she assists senior medical staff, contributes to planning and implementation of a full program of action in any sphere, ranging from disease prevention to palliative care.
The BSc Program in the field of study Nursing is four years.
The Program features a compulsory (basic) part and an optional part.
Basic disciplines (or modules) include Philosophy, History, Jurisprudence, Latin Language and Terminology, Psychology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Medical Genetics, Human Anatomy, Normal Physiology, Health Promotion, Life Safety, Nursing Basics, Nursing Theory, Microbiology, Pharmacology, General Pathology, Human Hygiene And Ecology, Hospital Hygiene, Disease Prevention Implementation in Local Communities, Nursing in Therapy, Nursing in Surgery, Nursing in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Teaching Methodology, Epidemiology, Management Theory, Public Health, Nursing in Pediatrics, Nursing in Infectious Disease Treatment (including HIV Treatment), Nursing in Psychiatry and Narcology, and many others.
Elective disciplines (or modules) include Biochemistry, History of Medicine, Office Works, Polyclinic Nursing, Nursing in Vertebroneurology, Medical Elementology, Medical and Pharmaceutical Merchandising, Fundamentals of Medical Rehabilitation, Workplace Psychology, Palliative Healthcare Organization, and others).
Practical training courses are held at Clinical Simulation Training Centers, Universities’ clinical facilities and designated hospitals, wherein students acquire and consolidate basic practical skills.

When it comes to studying Medicine abroad in English, medical schools in Russia are one of the best institutions for this purpose. Students from all over the world (the UK, Germany, Scandinavia, India, Africa and other countries) are interested in MBBS in Russia due to very low living costs, tuition fees and high standards of education.

Medical universities:

  1. Chechen State University
  2. First Moscow State Medical University named after I. M. Sechenov, Moscow City 
  3. Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, Moscow City
  4. Peoples’ Friendship University (RUDN University), Moscow City
  5. Kazan State Medical University, Kazan City
  6. Pskov State University
  7. Dagestan State Medical University
  8. Kabardino-balkarian State University



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