Faculty of Chemistry

MailMSU Faculty of Chemistry, Russia,119991,Moscow 1, GSP-1, 1-3 Leninskiye Gory
Telephone+7 (495) 939-21-75
Fax+7 (495) 932-88-20

Dean: Stepan N. Kalmykov

Chemistry has been taught at Moscow University since its establishment. The founder of the university Mikhail Lomonosov, apart from being a scientist, a gifted poet and an artist, was one of the outstanding chemists of his time. It was him to establish a Department of Chemistry at Moscow State University in 1755. Since then, many generations of Russian chemists have studied and taught at the Faculty of Chemistry, and some of them were the major figures in the history of science.

Today, the Faculty of Chemistry consists of 17 departments, which presents all the contemporary areas of chemical science and relevant specializations to train highly qualified chemists

Our academic staff includes 9 academicians, 17 corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, more than 350 teachers and about 700 researchers. Over 1200 students and about 300 post-graduate students study at the faculty.

Taking into account the latest scientific trends, the Faculty trains generalists competent in all areas of modern chemistry including obtaining new materials and medicines, the resource-saving and nanotechnology. Apart of that, employees of the Faculty teach chemistry at a number of other faculties of Moscow State University, as well as at branches of Moscow State University in Baku (Azerbaijan Republic), Dushanbe (Tajikistan) and the joint Shenzhen MSU-BIT University (People's Republic of China). High qualifications of graduates of the Faculty of Chemistry are also due to the fact that from the first year each student is involved in scientific work, participates in projects and conferences.

International contacts, an excellent teaching staff, a unique atmosphere that you feel from the very first moment of being a student, and a place where you want to come back every day - this is all about the MSU Faculty of Chemistry.

Main educational program of the faculty lasts 6 years. This is a Specialist degree program equal to Master. Regardless of their future majoring, for the first 3 years all our undergraduates are to learn basic science like Advanced Mathematics and Physics, a foreign language, Liberal Arts and of course, the basic chemical subjects. Up to 40% of study time is allocated to chemical disciplines in the curriculum, which is divided approximately equally between theoretical studies and laboratory work.

Considerable attention is paid to the fundamental physical and mathematical training. Up to 20% of lectures and seminars are devoted to the study of advanced mathematics, applied mathematics, general and theoretical physics, which is almost two times more than in any other chemical university in Russia.

Graduates of the faculty, as well as graduates of other universities, can continue their studies in the Faculty’s Master’s Degree programs on several directions including the recently opened “Chemical technology”. The term of study in the magistracy is 2 years. The Faculty graduates who have good and excellent marks for all the years of study and have shown a penchant for research work have a good opportunity to continue their education in the postgraduate course of the Faculty. International applicants may attend Bachelor degree program.

We want to see talented young people who are passionate about chemistry as the MSU Faculty of Chemistry students. That’s why there is a network of schools, lyceums and gymnasiums “under the Faculty’s patronage”. A special university program is developed for these educational institutions.

In order to attract talented young people to MSU, since 1993 the Faculty has been making a preliminary selection of the most brilliant school students by means of chemistry Olympiads of juniors. The students from urban and rural schools throughout Russia, and even from the former republics of the Soviet Union are welcomed to participate in these competitions.

The Faculty’ doors are open for talented and ambitious young people eager to work for their country and for Russian science.

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