Northern State Medical University Arkhangelsk

NSMU was established in 1932 for training medical personnel in the European North of Russia. It currently hosts about 9000 students from 17 countries in 16 faculties and institutes and has a staff of 980, 394 of which are academics – including 80 professors, 250 PhD.

University buildings are provided with up-to-date equipment: computers, films, video aids, and other modern appliances. Training at the modern center of pre-clinical center presented by a plenty of state-of-the-art medical mannequins and equipment is a part and partial of educational program. At all there are 55 departments, 27 of them are clinical ones and situated at the best hospitals of the city. Well-equipped clinical base allows training highly qualified specialists of different profiles according to modern requirements of the health care systems. Today NSMU is the main medical training center for six regions of Northern Russia. More than 100 graduates of NSMU are working abroad (USA, UK, Canada, Israel, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark etc)

22 graduates have the foreign scientific degrees (PhD). About 30 graduates are preparing their PhD now in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Germany. The University offers students practical studies and training in Russia and abroad to become doctors, nurses, psychologists, specialists in social work, etc. The graduates are working more than in 20 countries. Number of international students in the NSMU is continuously growing.

Faculties of Northern State Medical University Arkhangelsk:

  • International Faculty of General Practitioners
  • Faculty of General Medicine
  • Dental Faculty
  • Pediatric Faculty
  • Faculty of Social Workers
  • Faculty of Medical Prophylactics
  • Faculty of Medical Psychology
  • Faculty of Nursery
  • Faculty of Postgraduate Education
  • Faculty of Ecology
  • Pharmaceutical Faculty
  • Faculty of Adaptive Physical Culture
  • Faculty of Medical Biology
  • Institute of Management

Descriptions of the faculties:

Faculty of General Medicine. One of the oldest and biggest faculty offers to its students possibility to qualify as doctors. They specialize in surgery, therapy, gynecology, neuropathology, psychology. Practical courses are held in many policlinics around the city. The aim of the education is to offer the knowledge in profilactive and development of health care of the population, diagnosis of the diseases, collecting and analyzing the information of the health, planning and organizing health care system, scientific researching. Future doctor’s work places are found in health care organizations, both state and private, researching institutes,

Studies last 6 years.

Faculty of Dentistry. Founded in 1958. The period of studies is 5 years. The faculty prepares dentists of general character. During the first 3 years the students study medical physics, general and biological chemistry, biology, human anatomy, normal and pathological physiology, etc. In the 2nd year students begin to study clinical disciplines – general therapy, surgery, then neurology, othorynolaryngology, surgery and diseases of inner organs. Thus, dental students get a profound general clinical training. In the 2nd year of the studies the training is carried out according to the professional lines at therapeutic, surgical, orthopedic and children’s dental departments. Different diseases and methods for treatment of teeth and mucous membrane of the mouth cavity are studied at the Therapeutic Dental Department. The operations on maxilla-facial organs and on dental extraction are studied at the Surgical Dental Department. Students of dentistry master their skills in laboratory technologies on making diverse prostheses and in clinical methods for making prostheses with dentition defects (dental arch), and also congenital and received deformations of jaws. The Department of Children’s Dentistry trains students in these three fields taking into account the peculiarities of the children’s organism. Practical studies are held in the dental policlinics around the city, which offer different equipment.

Pediatric Faculty. Founded in 1977. The period of studies is 6 years. On graduation the students get the qualification of Pediatrician. Then the students have an opportunity to continue their professional education in 1-year internship, in 2-year clinical hospital fieldwork or in 3-year postgraduate courses. Clinical hospital fieldwork is the training of highly experienced specialists both general pediatricians and children’s doctors in any other medical sphere. The training program consists of general theoretical (physics, chemistry) and medico-biological (anatomy, histology, physiology, biochemistry) disciplines taught during the first years. Senior students study all the above mentioned clinical disciplines including therapy, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology. Special attention is given to pediatric studies: children’s diseases, infections and surgery, and neonatology. During the training period the students go through the medical personnel and doctors practice afterwards. Students can take actively part in conferences organized by the faculty and prepare articles. Nowadays the staff consist of 258 persons.

Faculty of Social Workers. Founded in 1991. The curriculum of the Social Faculty includes courses in sociology, psychology, pedagogic, law, economics of health care system, and other subjects. The main subject is Social Work in Health Care System. The students study the organization of the health care system, ways of rendering medical aid to children, elderly people, handicapped persons, mental patients and drug addicts. The students are supposed to propagate a healthy way of life. On graduating from the university, they get a Diploma in Social Work. The International College of Social Employees has been opened on the basis of the Faculty of Social Workers at the NSMU. The students are trained according to special program in co-work with city organizations and foreign universities and institutes as well. The period of studies is 5 years.



Faculty of Medical Prophylactics. Founded in 1997. The period of studies is 6 years. The graduates’ activities are oriented on:

–          organization of the sanitary-epidemiological welfare provision for the population carrying out the state sanitary-epidemiological control in order to prevent the diseases connected with unfavorable living conditions;

–          studying, evaluation and prognosis of the population health state in connection with natural, industrial and social spheres;

–          planning, organization and participation in hygienic anti-epidemiological and medico-prophylactic actions for the purpose of health protection;

–          realization of scientific researches in certain professional lines of the faculty graduates with qualification “Doctor”.

Faculty of Medical Psychology. The period studies is 5 years. On graduation the students get the qualification of “Medical Psychologist”. The most important aspect when training medical psychology is to master a number of basic clinical subjects of therapeutic and surgical professional lines, including psychiatry, psychotherapy and neurology, according to the academic curriculum of medical institutions of higher education. Medical psychologist has to master different methods of psychological prophylactics, psychological diagnostics, psychological correction and psychological consulting.

Faculty of Nursery. Founded in 1997. The period of studies is 5 years. Students, who have already education in secondary level in nursery, health care or obstetrics study in this faculty. One elementary part of the studies is practical training and experience in the working life. Students find their work field in the different health care organizations, municipal or private health care institutes, schools and colleges, organizations as Red Cross or Red Half Moon,

Faculty of Postgraduate Education. On the basis of the university in 1995 there was organized the Faculty of Postgraduate Education for medical specialists to acquire a higher qualification. The process of further training is organized in accordance with the programs including one-year primary specialization – clinical internship and a two-year professional training for the further practice in hospital that is a key point when training highly experienced medical staff. There are several courses at the faculty for doctors to improve their qualification. The main tasks of these courses are to satisfy the needs of specialists in receiving the knowledge about the latest achievements in the corresponding branch of science and leading foreign experience, and in improving their professional skills.

Faculty of Ecology. The period of studies is 5 years. Qualification – Ecologist. Qualified teachers carry out the process of training in specific disciplines. The future specialist can be involved in the following spheres:

–          nature-protecting and sanitary-epidemiological services of organizations and enterprises of all forms of property:

–          the state control authorities for the quality conditions of nature and population health;

–          the state departments on nature usage and environmental protection and state sanitary-epidemiological inspection;

–          science-research institutions and organizations connected with studying and evaluating of environmental health and population health.

Pharmaceutical Faculty. Period of studies is 5 years. To study program, belong disciplines in. There are held cooperation programs with the Technical university. Students have their practice in drug stores of the city or the region. For students graduating from the faculty there are possibilities to work in different work field, mainly in the field of drug store system as apothecary, representative of drug companies, research and standardize institutes, teachers of the pharmaceutical departments.

Faculty of Adaptive Physical Culture. To specialize in the field of adaptive physical culture one has to study disciplines in physical rehabilitation, adaptive physical education, adaptive movement recreation, medical physical culture, sport training of invalids, adaptive physical culture and sport for mentally disabled persons. To specialize further, one can study training and pedagogic in adaptive physical culture, or become instructor Methodist in adaptive physical culture. Period of studies last 5 years. Professionals are asked in kindergartens, schools, sport schools, rehabilitation centers.

Faculty of Medical Biology. Period of studies is 6 years. The youngest faculty of the university got its first students in the academic year 2003-2004. Students get full education in theoretical and practical training to become professional. There are subjects in humanitarian, socio-economical, mathematical, as well as in the field of natural sciences.

Institute of Management trains specialists in the direction: “Management” (Manager); “National Economics” (Economist); “Commodity Research” (Sale Manager on food products, medical herbs and drugs). Duration of studies – 5 years.

The period of studies is 4 years (on graduation form medical colleges). On graduation from the university the students get the qualification of “Manager in the Sphere of Professional Activity”. Managers can work in the following institutions:

–          medical and prophylactic institutions and establishments of medico social aid of different forms of property;

–          professional-educational institutions including medical schools and medical colleges;

–          administrative departments in the public health system including central an local services;

charitable services of Red Cross and Red Half Moon societies, science-research institutions and organizations, leading researches in the sphere of medical nurse care.


  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation
  • Department of Hospital Therapy
  • Department of Hospital Surgery
  • Department of Children’s Infections
  • Department of Children’s Surgery
  • Department of Foreign Languages
  • Department of Infectious Diseases
  • Department of Clinical Oncology
  • Department of Skin and Venereal Diseases
  • Department of Radial Diagnosis and Radial Therapy
  • Department of Medical and Biological Physics
  • Department of Neonatology and Perinatology
  • Department of General Surgery
  • Department of Orthopedic Dentistry
  • Department of Otorhinolaryngology
  • Department of Ophthalmology
  • Department of Pediatrics
  • Department of Pediatrics and Propaedeutics of Children’s Diseases
  • Department of Pediatrics
  • Department of Polyclinic Therapy
  • Department of Propaedeutics of Internal Diseases
  • Department of Russian Language for Foreigners
  • Department of Children’s Dentistry
  • Department of Judicial Medicine and Law
  • Department of Therapeutic Dentistry
  • Department of Traumatology, Orthopedics and Naval Surgery
  • Department of Faculty Therapy
  • Department of Faculty Surgery
  • Department of Pharmacology
  • Department of Phthisiopulmonology?
  • Department of Maxillofacial Surgery and Surgical Dentistry
  • Department of Economy
  • Department of Humanities
  • Department of Anatomy
  • Department of Hygiene and Medical Ecology
  • Department of Management and Marketing
  • Department of Automatic Information and Telemedicine
  • Department of Operational Surgery and Topographical Anatomy
  • Department of Microbiology, Virology and Immunology
  • Department of Biomedical Chemistry
  • Department of Histology, Cytology and Embryology
  • Department of Pathological Anatomy
  • Department of Medical Biology
  • Department of restore Medicine and Physical Education
  • Department of Normal Physiology
  • Department of Pathological Physiology
  • Department of Public Health and Healthcare
  • Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology
  • Department of Narchology and Toxicology
  • Department of Age Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Department of Psycho diagnostics and Neuropathological Psychiatry
  • Department of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neuropsychology
  • Department of Pedagogic and Psychology
  • Department of Family Medicine and Internal Diseases
  • Department of Nursery Work
  • Institute of Hygiene and Medical Ecology
  • Institute of Clinical Anatomy
  • Institute of Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis
  • Institute of Clinical Cytology
  • Institute of Clinical Physiology
  • Institute of Public Health, Health Care and Social Work
  • Institute of Psychology and Psychoneurology
  • Institute of Family Medicine and Internal Diseases
  • Institute of Nursery Education
  • University college

Student Accommodation

You will be offered an accommodation in one of the student dormitories of the university. Rooms are furnished (table, chairs, beds, shelf, wardrobe) and are for 2-3 persons. Two rooms have common shower and toilet. Rooms are shared with other students of same gender, but in the same block there can be students of opposite gender as neighbors. In the student dormitory no. 1 there are common kitchens and laundries, and there are arranged common room in the first and third dormitories.

Arkhangelsk City

Arkhangelsk is a city located in the north of the European part of Russia at the mouth of the Severnaya (North) Dvina River, about 30-35 km from its confluence with the White Sea. It is the capital of Arkhangelsk Oblast.

Arkhangelsk – Features

Arkhangelsk is the largest city in the north of European Russia, which includes Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Vologda oblasts, the Komi Republic, and the Karelia Republic. Since this city is located at the mouth and on both banks of the Northern Dvina River, it has a lot of bridges on its territory.

Arkhangelsk is depicted on the front side of the Russian banknote of 500 rubles – the monument to Peter I and the building of the Arkhangelsk Sea-River Station.

The coat of arms of Arkhangelsk was approved in 1780. Here is the description: “In the golden field of the shield you see the flying Archangel, who is armed with a fiery sword and shield and defeats the downed devil.” The historical coat of arms of Arkhangelsk, which had not been used in Soviet times, was restored on October 10, 1989.

The climate of Arkhangelsk is temperate, marine with long moderately cold winters and short cool summers. The average temperature in January is minus 12.7 degrees Celsius, in July – plus 16.3 degrees Celsius.

Arkhangelsk is characterized by frequent weather changes, high humidity and a large number of days with precipitation. With the invasion of cold air from Siberia, frosts of minus 30 degrees Celsius are possible in winter. At the same time, there are sometimes thaws. In summer, heat is possible up to plus 35 degrees Celsius.

The period of White Nights lasts from May 17 to July 26. During this period, in clear weather, natural light allows you to perform most types of work around the clock, including reading. Polar night and polar day are not observed in Arkhangelsk.

In Arkhangelsk there are enterprises of timber processing, fishing, microbiological, mechanical engineering, ship repair industries. The leading role in the local economy belongs to the lumber industry. These enterprises produce over 40% of the total volume of products manufactured in Arkhangelsk. Lumber, paper, cardboard, pulp, as well as fish still remain the basis of Arkhangelsk trade with other regions of Russia and countries.

This is one of the largest transport hubs in the north-west of Russia. Important railways and highways begin here, there are large sea and river ports, and two airports Arkhangelsk (Talagi) and Vaskovo. The flights to/from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Murmansk, Sochi, as well as some other destinations are available. The city is an important center for road transport. It is the end of the federal highway M8 “Kholmogory”. This is the only highway that connects the city with the center of Russia.

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