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RPFU (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia)

RPFU (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia)

Peoples’ Friendship University was founded in 1960 by the decision of the Government of the Soviet Union, and from the outset it has been an internationally-oriented university. The success of more than 90,000 alumni, who work in almost all countries of the world, confirms the quality of the education acquired at the University. Peoples’ Friendship University has been actively involved in the programs and projects of the UN, Council of Europe, UNESCO, OECD, it has more than 250 cooperation agreements with foreign universities. RUDN University is the basic institution of the CIS Network University and coordinator of the SCO Network University, it is part of the Venice Consortium of universities and actively participates in the formation and development of the BRICS Network University.

Many Russian and foreign political and public figures, prominent scientists have become Doctors Honoris Causa of RUDN University. Her Royal Highness Princess of Thailand; Presidents of Angola, Gabon, Namibia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Guyana, The Republic of Ecuador; Prime Ministers of Bangladesh, Kazakhstan; UNESCO Director-General are among them.

RUDN University is the leader among all Russian universities in the number of master’s programs in English (above 30), joint master’s programs (above 100) with leading universities of the world.

The mission of RUDN University corresponds to the slogan “We create the world elite!”

Having 56 years of experience in training qualified specialists RUDN University adheres to the classical model of a multi-university, combining scientific, research and educational activities in dozens of fields. The University has 7 functioning faculties, 10 institutes, 156 scientific and educational laboratories, 4 shared research centers. Currently 28,000 people (including 7000 international students) from 152 countries form the contingent studying at RUDN University.

The University is team of 3,000 highly qualified teachers, among them 15 full members of the RF Academy of sciences and other RF Academies, 42 members of public academies, 343 professors and 642 Doctorate degree holders, more than 600 associate professors and 1,510 holders of Ph.D. degree. More than 500 employees are inventors and rationalizers. The University intellectual fund comprises more than 590 author’s invention certificates and 175 patents of the Russian Federation and 1 scientific discovery.

RUDN University has secured 50 buildings with a total area of 409 thousand square meters, including 18 teaching and administrative buildings and 13 dormitories.  RUDN University campus is the winner of Moscow Mayor Trophy    “The most comfortable HEI territory”.

The University library research stock has more than 1 990 000 copies, including 240 thousand electronic publications. RUDN University is connected to 35 digital resources of various organizations, scientific societies and publishers.  

  In 2015, RUDN University was among the competition winners to receive the state support within the 5-100  Project framework.

RUDN University is ready to support all the thematic priorities of the BRICS Network University:


·        Solid waste as renewable energy and industrial energy efficiency source

PhD, associated professor Kharlamova Marianna,


Computer science and information security:

·        Intellectualization and optimization of control processes

PhD, associated professor Sofronova Elena,


 BRICS studies:

·        Global Security and Development Cooperation

·        Marketing of innovations under current technological trends

PhD, Associated professor, Bokeriya Svetlana,


Ecology and climate change:

·        Impacts of Climate Change on Society and Environment

·        Water resources and pollution treatment

PhD, associated professor Kurbatova Anna,


Water resources and pollution treatment

·        Monitoring of environmental pollution (water pollutants);

PhD, associated professor Kurbatova Anna,



·        International Marketing

·        International trade

·        Marketing of innovations under current technological trends

·        International management

PhD, associated professor Degtereva Ekaterina,


Person, responsible for the work with BRICS Network University:

PhD, Efremova Larisa, Vice-rector for international academic mobility,, +7 (495) 434-70-16


Person, responsible for work with the BRICS NU Web-portal:

PhD, Yatsenko Elena, Head of the Department for Export Development of Educational Services,


Program Name: Global Security and Development Cooperation
: International Relations (M.A. Program Totally Taught in English)

Program difference

MA students benefit from:

  • a unique student body (all aid-recipient countries => in-depth understanding of conflicts at grass-roots level)
  • close working relationships between renowned faculty staff (leading professors of PFUR, MGIMO and Diplomatic Academy (MFA of Russia), Moscow State University)
  • an innovative curriculum (3 modules/stages of policy analysis)

Requirements to applicants

Higher professional university education of a first stage (confirmed by a Federal diploma of a bachelor or a specialist) and entrance examination in Theory and History of International Relations; Good level of English.

Program content

Goal: This program introduces the core principles of international and global affairs in the areas of conflict (global security challenges) assessment, analysis and development of the programs contributing to conflict prevention and resolution, promoting stable and multipolar world

Global Security: Complex Approach - Military Security, Political & Social Stability, Human Security, Agriculture & Food Security, Energy Security, Cyber Security, etc.

Individual plan: Studies are done in accordance with the individual plan under supervision of the scientific advisor who should have a scientific degree and (or) title. The Master’s program presupposes active individual work of the student that is why classroom work should not exceed 14 hours a week (average during the whole period). Progress is checked during periodical attestations. Master’s thesis is an independent research paper made under the guidance of scientific advisor (with possible involvement of one or two consultants). The thesis is defended and final exams are taken publicly at the sitting of the State Attestation Commission.

Educational Components

Program includes 3 modules (stages) of international conflict policy analysis:


Module 1 is aimed at understanding of historical and structural antecedents of violent conflict and challenge to global security.

Module 2 is aimed at mapping external responses, development policies and programs assessing impacts on Conflict and Peace. Finally,

Module 3, is aimed at elaborating international strategies and options for conflict resolution taking into account different national interests of traditional and emerging Global powers, including BRICS countries.

Core Courses

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Global Security

International Conflicts: New Approaches to Settlement Process

Development Cooperation

International Terrorism

International Organizations and Peace Process

Great and Emerging Powers

New Risks and Challenges

Human Rights and Global Security

Foreign-Policy Process and Decision-Making

Energy Security

Migration and Global Security

Megatrends and Global Affairs




Regional aspects of International conflict resolution are taught as electives.


Security Challenges in the CIS

Security Challenges in Russia

Security Challenges in Asian-Pacific Region

Security Challenges in in the Middle East

Security Challenges in Latin America

Security Challenges in Africa


Future Employment

  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Project/Program Officer (NGO)
  • Policy Institution Analyst



Impacts of Climate Change on Society and Environment


The M.A Program in Climate and Society combines elements of established programs in Earth Sciences, Earth Engineering, International Relationships, Political Science, Sociology, and Economics with unique classes in interdisciplinary applications and specially worked out for the program’s students.

Goals  and Objectives:

The main goal is to familiarize students with fundamental theoretical  knowledge concerning climate change and the impacts of climate variability on society and the environment.

Upon successful completion, students will have next skills and knowledge:

- expert knowledge in particular aspects of climate change, and a broad knowledge of the current issues in and approaches to climate change vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation from both science and policy perspectives,

 - advanced understanding of mathematical modeling of carbon dioxide global cycle and determination of the biosphere role in CO2 compensation of atmospheric anthropogenic emissions

- understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of climate science and countries’ policy, and a critical appreciation of complex relationships between them

- independent apply, advanced knowledge, analytical and research skills, teamwork, oral and written communication skills in professional practice in climate change

- effective communication knowledge and understanding in climate change to both specialist and non-specialist audiences




International Marketing


Period of studies: 2 years

ECTS credits: 120


Program description:

The Master’s program "International Marketing" was introduced at the Economic Faculty in 2008. After formation in 2009 of the Chair of Marketing the Program was significantly refined and updated: its practical value was increased, the possibility of international education in the partner universities was added. Successful graduation leads to a state diploma awarding master's degree.
The main purpose of master's program is to train highly skilled, senior staff of companies in the field of marketing and staff.
Level of qualification:
Masters (Magistr) degree is a second stage degree of a two-stage higher vocational education of a university level. It corresponds to the level 6 of the International Standart Classification of Education (ISCED)


Learning outcomes:

You will have the opportunity to have the systemic view on international management technologies, analyze the challenges in international and global business, determine the main implications of doing businesses on emerging markets, feel the peculiarities of the cultural dimension in different states and regions and to understand the financial aspects of international marketing and the requirements for international distribution management and channel strategy. The structure of the program allows students to acquire the skills of independent analysis and its application to specific practical tasks, diagnose and monitor the international activities of companies, prepare and implement international marketing strategies and plans. The program helps to form management styles appropriate to different international economies and cultures, evaluate different scenarios of marketing decisions and forecast the impacts of their implementation.


Career opportunities:

Most businesses recognize the need for marketing functions and positions constantly arise in a variety of options worldwide including: marketing manager, marketing research & audit, advertising & PR manager, event planning, marketing analysis etc. Our students and graduates used to work for marketing and sales departments at international companies throughout the globe, such as Adidas Group, British American Tabacco Russia, Danone, Johnson&Johnson, SAB Miller Russia, L’Oreal, Coca-Cola Russia, Procter&Gamble, Nestle.


Admission requirements:

A Russian BA degree or equivalent is generally required for entry to our Masters’ cources. For our programs you must provide us with evidence that you can read, write, speak and understand English. The levels of English could be supported with IELTS (6,0) or TOEFL iBT (79) certificates. Basic knowledge of Russian is appreciated.

If you require a visa to study in Russia, you should be aware that this may take some time to arrange. Please make sure you arrange your visa well in advance so that you are not prevented from taking up your place to study with us


Application deadline: The closing date for international applicants is 15 August.

Program webpage:




Master program «International trade» in English


Period of studies: 2 years 

ECTS: 120


Program description:

The Master’s program «International trade» was introduced at the Economic Faculty in 2011. Russian and foreign graduating students can study at the Master program. The main purpose of the Master's program is to train highly skilled, senior staff of companies in the field of international business. The main object of the Master program is educating highly demanded specialists in the field of international trade. The current context calls for the professionals who are able to do not only the routine operation, but also unique and creative tasks resulting in different projects and spheres. 


Learning outcomes:

The study of modern international trade allows students to achieve the following professional tasks:

  • be able to analyze and understand the international trade policies, measures and instruments of foreign trade regulation in terms of its liberalization;
  • to be able to analyze and understand the key agreements adopted in the framework of the WTO;
  • be able to present the results of the study in the form of a scientific report, article or report.


The process of studying of the course is aimed at forming the following competencies:

  • the ability to substantiate the relevance, theoretical and practical significance of the chosen topic of research;
  • the ability to conduct the independent research in accordance with developed program of research;
  • the ability to present the results of the research to the scientific community in the form of an article or report;
  • the ability to prepare analytical materials for evaluation of activities in the field of economic policy and strategic decision-making at the micro and macro level;
  • the ability to analyze and use different sources of information for economic calculations;
  • the ability to forecast the main socio-economic indicators of the enterprise, the industry, the region and the economy as a whole;
  • the ability to present the results of the study in the form of a scientific report, article or report;
  • the possession of a culture of thinking, the ability to perceive, summarize, generalize and analyze the information, to set goals and choose the ways to achieve goals.


Career opportunities:

The main purpose of the Master's program is to train highly skilled, senior staff of companies in the field of international business. The main object of the Master program is educating highly demanded specialists in the field of international trade.


Admission requirements:

Bachelor degree in Economics, Management , International relations fields.

Good knowledge of English language.


Application deadline: August 15


Program webpage:






Course Syllabus anD STUDY GUIDE


Subject   Monitoring of environmental pollution (water pollutants)

Graduate’s  Degree  (master of Science in  Ecology)

1.  Aims and Objectives:

The main purpose is to introduce students to their fundamental theoretical knowledge concerning ecological monitoring of water, its purposes and objectives.

The aim of the course is

  • researching systems of observation methods and ground-based environmental monitoring system support
  • to get  the students to know system control and feedback connection characteristics in the environmental monitoring system
  • research of contact and non-contact control methods


2. Course in Academic Programme Structure


Professional Disciplines

  • Monitoring of water pollution   is an interdisciplinary branch of science based on fundamental knowledge of general ecology, hemistry, biology and mathematics.


Course pre-requisites:

The students are supposed to

  • have a basic knowledge in the  fundamental     mathematics sphere to such an extent that is necessary for the possession of the environmental sciences mathematical mechanism, for data processing and    analysis in ecology and nature management.
  • have  a basic knowledge in the fundamental  branches of physics, chemistry and biology at the level that is necessary for the assimilation of the physical, chemical and biological principles in ecology and natural management;
  • know  chemical analysis methods and methods of geological and biological sample selection and its analysis;
  • know several methods of environmental monitoring, how to manage methods of natural and laboratory ecology data processing, analysis and synthesis and how to use your own theoretical knowledge at work.


The course is aimed at building up and enhancing the following generic (GC) and professional competences (PC).

  • know the fundamentals of environmental monitoring of water, be able to use your own theoretical knowledge at work.
  • possess a theoretical, basic understanding of cartography. 

On completion of the Course the student is expected:

  • to know the purpose of monitoring, the several varieties of monitoring; control system and feedback connection characteristics, modeling of ecological monitoring;
  • be acquainted with: development of environmental monitoring programs
  • to master the purpose of monitoring and the classification of environmental monitoring kinds; the system of monitoring methods, feedback connections in managing, and environmental monitoring control methods.


MA Educational program and model of the course

"Solid Waste as Renewable Energy and Industrial Energy Efficiency Source"

PhD, associated professor Kharlamova M.D.

 The goal of training is to provide additional knowledge and skills in the field of solid waste formation,  consumption, in particular the planning and organization of work on the handling of municipal and hazardous waste, their utilization, safe storage and processing.

Main competence of the program:

- studying of modern best available technologies and features of storage, processing and utilization of industrial and municipal waste;

- studying of the waste management  fundamentals  for organization activities on the collection, storage, transportation and temporary storage of hazardous industrial and domestic waste;

- familiarization with the basic principles of harmful effects rationing  during treatment with industrial and municipal waste

- skills of feasibility calculations while choosing the best method of processing and recycling of waste

- skills of energy balance compilation  when choosing the method of production and consumption waste

1. The goal and objectives of the course

The main goal of this course is to prepare the future master planning and organization of work on the handling of hazardous waste, storage and processing. In the presentation of the course uses data on industries engaged in the processing of waste, the methods used in domestic and in international practice, regulations and acts, the legal framework. The objectives of the course includes familiarization with the existing concepts of recycling and disposal of industrial and household waste, as well as the regulatory framework that exists in this area.

2. The general structure of the course (with the number of hours of classroom / self-study):

The course includes 19 lectures - 38 hours, independent work of the student - 28 hours, mid certification - 2 hours, reports and abstracts protection - 2 hours, final examination - 2 hours

3. Annotated table of the course’s contents

Topic 1. The problem of waste. Stability and safety of the environment, the concept of waste. The main types of waste, a brief description of the principles of waste classification. Processes for waste management (life cycle management). Organization of waste management. Documenting the activities of waste management. Certification of waste. Certification of hazardous waste.

Theme 2. Waste in the environment. Stability and sustainability of ecosystems to pollution. The concept of ecosystem’s stability. Cycling of matter - the important principle of sustainable ecosystems. Biogeochemical cycles of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, sulfur, phosphorus and metals. Self-purification capacity of the ecosystem: biotic and abiotic processes. The parameters of ecosystem stability.

Theme 3. Sources of solid waste. Wastewater. Sources and types of pollution of the hydrosphere. Types of wastewater. Types of pollution of industrial waste water. Modern methods of treatment of waste water from industrial pollution. Agricultural and domestic effluents and methods of cleaning. Sewage sludge and methods of treatment and disposal. Biological methods. Methane fermentation. Composting. Vermiculation. Thermal methods.

Theme 4. Processing, recycling and disposal of industrial waste. Processing of non-radioactive waste. Warehousing. Heat treatment. Sludge processing (electroplating, oil). Features recycling by industry. Integrated waste management system. Sources and processing of radioactive waste. Features of radioactive waste.

Theme 5. Transportation of hazardous waste. The main hazards during transportation. Prevention and management of emergencies involving dangerous goods. Technical and organizational measures.

Theme 6. Landfills. Hygiene requirements for the selection of the territory - the location site. The layout and arrangement of polygons. Ensuring security control polygons. Hygienic requirements to choosing disposal of industrial waste (solid, powdered, pasty). Features dumping water soluble, liquid and combustible waste. Preventive and routine supervision of the polygons. Passport site.

Theme 7. Recycling, as recycling of secondary raw materials. Classification of secondary raw materials. Problems of implementation of industrial waste technologies. GOST 25916-83 g "Resources tangible secondary. Terms and definitions. "Ways to prepare waste for disposal. Technology for processing waste materials.


Theme 8. Technology for processing of household waste. Safe Incineration of MSW. The generation of energy. Environmental aspects of combustion. Biothermal aerobic composting technology. Technology of anaerobic digestion and biogas production. Technology for the processing of plastic bottles (PETF), paper, metal, glass and bottle cullet.