Joint Master with the University of Genoa

For over five years Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Biology is collaborating with the University of Genoa in implementing double-degree program in Nanobiotechnology. The program has been founded by Claudio Nicolini, honoris causa Professor of Moscow University and Foreign Member of Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Dean of the Faculty of Biology Professor Mikhail Kirpichnikov.

Successful experience of the Program enabled us to prepare and launch the novel Nanobiotechnology Master program in English. Although even now students of the Program shall be able to choose spending a semester in Genoa with no increase in tuition fees, both Universities announce a Joint Degree program to be opened in a year or two.

Here is a summary of Italian Program.

Plans for 2017/18

We here, at the Faculty of Biology (LMSU) want to offer a scope of options for international students willing to study Biology in Moscow.

First, this year we plan students to enroll in our new Master Programs. As we are getting feedback from our partner-Universities, we consider receiving some of the students within the frame of our academic exchanges. The enrollment procedure shall be in July-August, and anyone holding Bachelor degree can apply.

Second, we shall shortly announce a Winter School in Ecology (late January 2018). This shall be a two-weeks fascinating experience at Zvenigorod Biological Station (not far from Moscow). Russian winter is something fabulous in various senses. And we are going do demonstrate it to 25 students selected. Application process shall be open by June.

Third, we shall launch a preparatory orientation course for international students, and it will enable everyone who wish to enter any of our programs get a bit in pace with us during a month or so in August.

Stay tuned.



Q: Why do you say “Faculty of Biology”, and not “School of Biology”?

A: It’s a tradition to call divisions of the University Faculties in Russia (and in other countries as well). This reflects the fact that education and research are united under one roof. Lomonosov Moscow State University has also Schools and Institutes focused more at education and research respectively.

Q: Can I come for a semester if I do not want to apply for degree?

A: Yes you can.

Q: If I have to travel to the White Sea Biological Station to do some research for my Master project, do I have to cover travel expenses, meals and housing?

A: Travel expenses and housing at the Biological Stations will be covered by the Faculty of Biology, as doing Master project is an essential part of the curriculum. Meals have to be paid separately.

Q: Shall I pay for the whole course, or can I do it in parts?

A: Our regulations presume that students pay twice a year.

Q: What if I want to apply for a Bachelor course? What if I want to apply for a Master course other than listed here? What about PhD courses?

A: This is all about our special Master programs and Schools in English. You are free and welcome to apply for any other course that we offer, but sufficient level of Russian knowledge would be then required. Send us an e-mail: (do it in Russian), or to

Principal Faculty and Key Courses in Nanobiotechnology

  1. Nanosystems and Nanodevices . Lectures. Goodilin EA
  2. Optical Microscopy . Lectures. Levin GG
  3. Biophysics of membrane processes . Lectures. Boulichev AA, Maksimov GV
  4. Molecular genomics and genetic engineering. Lectures. Eldar MA
  5. Nanostructured Materials . Lectures. Goodilin EA
  6. Nanosctructure Biosynthesis Lectures . Lectures. Zinovkin RA
  7. Membrane and Nuclear Medicine .  lectures of . Maksimov GV, Orlov SN, Lopina O.
  8. Bioinformatics . Lectures. Riznichenko GY, Sosnovtseva O.N.
  9. Structural and Functional proteomics . Lectures / Practical. Peshkova EA (Università degli Studi di Genova)
  10. NMR and molecular structure Investigation . Lectures / Practical. Pirogov Yu
  11. Physics of proteins and nucleic acid . Lectures / Practical. Finkelstein A, Lifshits MA
  12. Molecular modeling and molecular dynamics  . Lectures / Practical. Shaitan KV, Zlenko DV
  13. Molecular changes in hemoglobin and Structure and Function . Lectures / Practical. Loktyushkin AV
  14. Raman Spectroscopy in cell investigation . Lectures / Practical. Braze AN
  15. Methods in Raman spectroscopy image lectures, workshop . Lectures / Practical. Braze AR
  16. AFM and living cell nanostructures visualization . Lectures / Practical. Parshin EY
  17. Molecular mechanisms of cell anti-oxidation system. Lectures / Practical. Baijumanov AA
  18. Nanotechnology for alternative Energy sources . Lectures / Practical. Maksimov EG
  19. Molecular simulation in nanobiotechnology . Lectures / Practical. Zlenko DV
  20. Quantum dots in ion channel cell investigations. Lectures / Practical. Brindikova T.
  21. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance in biology . Lectures / Practical. Luneva OG
  22. Nanobiosensors  . Lectures / Practical. Semenova  A.

Master in Nanobiotechnology

Program title


Program level

Master (MSc)

Brief description

“Nanobiotechnology and Biophysics” is intended for prospective highly qualified professionals with in-depth knowledge in of modern biophysics, molecular biology and nanobiotechnology. After completing the course Master shall be able to put and solve problems related to fundamental theoretical and experimental research and applications in different areas of modern nanobiotechnology in a variety of objects (molecules, quantum dots, colloidal nanostructures, cells, biochips, crystals, etc.), and apply up-to-date methods of biophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology and bioinformatics to obtain new knowledge and also to develop effective methodology. Our graduates shall have not only theoretical knowledge, but shall be fluent in modern physico-chemical and biotechnological methods, making use of precise methodology to effective gain signal and the spectral information from live cells. We also expect him/her to be well-aware of the principles of how biotech markets run.


The program is focused at problems of modern nanobiotechnology, biophysics and proteomics, and hence it consists of the two parts: lectures/seminars and laboratory work. The first part covers classical theory and methods (ASM, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, nuclear and electron paramagnetic resonance, etc). Particular attention is paid to novel nanotechnology-based methods for characterization of proteins, nucleic acids and their complexes. The second part deals with protein functioning and protein-protein interactions, quantitative and qualitative analysis of specific molecular groups and their effects on protein function in vitro and in silico.

Program duration

2 years, starting in October 2015

Program faculty

The Program involves about 30 professors and associate professors from Russia, the USA and Europe, most of them top scholars in their respective fields covering the whole range of Nanobiotechnology.


The course forms comprehensive knowledge of problems and prospective of modern nanobiotechnology and biophysics for progressive development of biosensors and functional  proteomics in the post-genomic era, and its biological and medical applications. Key courses shall be Nanosystems and Nanodevices; Optical Microscopy, Biophysics of membrane processes, Molecular Genomics and Gene Engineering, Nanostructured Materials,  Nanosctructure Biosynthesis,  Membrane and Nuclear Medicine,  Bioinformatics.Special attention is to be paid to growth points in nanobiotechnology, application of signaling molecules and cells to create high molecular diagnostic methods (plasmon resonance to enhance Raman scattering, obtaining structured nanoplate and crystals), production of instruments for monitoring the processing of bio-resources for health and environmental protection. Masters will be prepared for employment in the area of scientific research and higher education (biotechnology businesses, consulting companies and the pharmacological profile of nanobiotechnology) worldwide.


Knowledge of the physics of macromolecules, biophysics, biochemistry and computer databases. A Bachelor degree is required.


Applicants are invited to contact us by e-mail by May (

Master Programs

We are proud to offer the following two Master Programs:


What is in common?
Language of instruction

English. All courses are given in English, no knowledge of Russian is required. However, introductory Russian language course shall be provided for all students. Non-English speakers shall be also provided with English language course.


2 years, starting in October. This is normal and fixed length for a Master program in Russia.

Tuition fees

As of June, 2016, 410.000,00 RUR annually (820.000,00 RUR per course)


A Bachelor degree is required. See more specific background required on a Program’s webpage.

Application pocedure

Applicants are invited to contact us by e-mail by May 1. You may contact us later, but we will hardly be able to provide any organizational assistance after that. Actual enrollment will be in late July-early August.

Living in Moscow

Moscow is a great old city with fascinating history, spirit and tradition, the capital of the biggest country in the world. Housing is not included with tuition fee in Moscow. One could apply for a discounted room in the Dorms of Moscow University (number of rooms is limited) (~10.000 RUR per month), or rent a flat (from 35.000 RUR per month). Housing at Biological Stations (up to two months per year) is provided for free. Living expenses in Moscow could be estimated as additional ~30.000 RUR monthly.

Any questions? Have a look at our F.A.Q.

Principal Faculty and Key Courses in Ecology

  1. Biodiversity and its conservation. Lectures. Smurov A.V.
  2. Population ecology. Lectures. Polischuk L.V.
  3. Biopolitics. Lectures. Oleskin A.V.
  4. Global and regional legislative tools of environmental conservation. Lectures. Zamolodchikov D.G.
  5. Urban ecology and urban identity: historical perspectives and modern cities. Lectures. Zinovieva O.A.
  6. GIS and remote sensing applications in ecology. Lectures / Practical. Soloviev M.Yu
  7. Statistical methods in ecology. Lectures / Practical. Rakhimberdiev E.N.
  8. Simulation models in ecology: approaches to development, examples and most important achievements. Lectures / Practical. Kavtaradze D.N.
  9. Scientific writing, comparing writing styles for different audiences  and  publications , with a focus on formats and styles used in Peer Reviewed Ecological. Lectures / Practical. Evans C. (USA)
  10. Marine communities and ecosystems. Lectures. Smurov A.V.
  11. Terrestrial communities and ecosystems. Lectures. Karelin D.V.
  12. Ecology of biosphere. Lectures. Karelin D.V.
  13. Modern extinction and the crisis of biodiversity. Lectures. Polischuk L.V.
  14. Global ecological changes, crysisis and catastrophes. Lectures. Zamolodchikov D.G.
  15. Economics of urban ecology. Lectures.
  16. Decision making in conflicting ecological situations. Lectures / Practical. Kavtaradze D.N.
  17. Ecological Plasticity of Carbon Metabolism in C3-, C4 and CAM Plants. Lectures. Yuzbekov A.K.
  18. Sustainable development. Lectures. Gytarsky M.L.
  19. Ecological safety. Lectures. Ostroumov S.A.
  20. Soil Conservation. Lectures. Glazunov G.P.
  21. Theory and practice of development of protected areas. Lectures. Avilova K.V.
  22. Environmental toxicology. Lectures / Practical. Filenko O.F.
  23. Ecology of Aquatic Microorganisms. Lectures / Practical. Ilyinsky V.V.
  24. Environmental Issues Related to Transportation Systems. Lectures. Kavtaradze D.N.
  25. National inventory of greenhouse gases. Lectures / Practical. Zamolodchikov D.G.
  26. Plant synecology. Lectures. Onipchenko V.G.
  27. Modern approached to environmental monitoring. Lectures. Ostroumov S.A.
  28. Environmental management and audit. Lectures. Tkebuchava L.F.
  29. Demography of Daphnia under different food concentrations. Practical. Polischuk L.V.
  30. Instrumental methods of monitoring CO2 fluxes. Practical. Karelin D.V.
  31. Neurochemical interactions in host-microbiota systems. Practical. Oleskin A.V.

Master in Ecology

Program title


Program level

Master (MSc)

Brief description

The program in Ecology at Lomonosov Moscow State University is a complete Master level degree program provided by Lomonosov MSU Faculty of Biology, the leading academic institution of Russia. The program is aimed at training highly qualified specialists with profound knowledge and expertise in the field of general and applied ecology. A Master will be able to successfully deal with conceptual issues and practical problems related to various subflields of ecology and environmental science. A Master will be ready to function as an expert in making decisions regarding complex situations and controversial issues related to environmental management and protection.


Ecology studies biological organisms’ interaction among each other and with their environments. The Program:

  • Concentrates upon the operation of biological systems at various organization levels, including those of the organism, the population, the ecosystem, the landscape, the biome, and the entire biosphere.
  • Enables the students to develop biopolicies to deal with ecological problems caused by environmental pollution, the disruption of the ecological matrix of an area, and biodiversity-endangering factors.
  • Provides analytical tools for processing information on the biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem
  • Sets forth conceptual approaches to assessing ecological data sets, including multidimensional statistical methods, geo-informational systems, network analysis, and mathematical modeling.

Teaching all subjects in English makes the courses available for foreign students including those within the frames of international student exchange programs. The courses enable the students to critically evaluate the achievements and shortcomings of the world’s ecological/environmental science and practical policies

Program duration

2 years, starting in October

Program faculty

The Program involves about 30 professors and associate professors from Russia, the USA and Europe, most of them top scholars in their respective fields covering the whole range of Ecology.


As a result of the course you will gain the following special competences:

  • In-depth knowledge enabling you  to professionally conduct independent theoretical and experimental studies in the field of modern ecology,  adequately set forth  the results obtained thereby (orally and in writing), and be actively involved in various kinds of environment-related scientific events (Special Competence 1)
  • Capacity to employ the cutting-edge analytical tools of a whole gamut of ecology subfields concerning biological systems at various organization levels ranging from a single organism to the whole biosphere and to evaluate the conceptual importance and the practical value of a scientific research project and to analyze its results and methodological advantages with respect to fundamental issues in the field of modern ecology, environmental science, and biopolitics (Special Competence 2).
  • Skills enabling you to use computational techniques for assessing ecological information, including statistical data processing methods, geo-informational systems, mathematical modelling, and network analysis. You will be in a position to statistically verify the results of ecological\environmental research and the conclusions drawn therefrom as well as to make scientifically valid predictions (Special Competence 3).
  • Conceptual knowledge in the field of ecology applicable to various stages of practical  research and development activities, in terms (a) of education at academic institutions and (b) of expert assessment and counselling activities involving natural resource management bodies and environmental NGOs (Special Competence 4)
  • Last nor least: Fluency in scientific English as the language of international environment-centered interactivity as well as the ability to conduct discussions on scientific and organizational issues related to environmental protection and management, to give scientifically acceptable presentations on ecologically/environmentally relevant subjects (in English), and to carry out professional-level research work at any English language-using institution (Special Competence 5)
Tuition fees

410.000,00 RUR annually (820.000,00 RUR per course)


Applicants are expected to have general skills in: microscopy, statistics… and have completed University courses in zoology, botany. A Bachelor degree is required.


Applicants are invited to contact us by e-mail by July 1 (


Application for the Winter School 2018 is open

We are pleased to offer the International Winter Ecological School, which will be held at the Moscow State University’s Faculty of Biology Zvenigorod Biological Station (Central Russia), January 2-16, 2018. Under the supervision of MSU scientists, the IWES stidents shall study the challenges of life in winter and the mechanisms of adaptation of different taxa of plants and animals to the winter environment. The IWES includes courses of Winter Zoology of Vertebrates, Winter Biology of High Plants, Winter Hydrobiology and Winter Entomology, each of them consisting of field excursions, lab activity and lectures. Students shall also be encouraged to perform own scientific projects, which will be finally presented at the workshop scheduled for the last day of IWES. Read more.