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In late 1945 and early 1946, a group of prominent Soviet scientists, including in particular the future Nobel Prize winner Pyotr Kapitsa, lobbied the government for the creation of a higher educational institution radically different from the type established in the Soviet system of higher education. Applicants, carefully selected by challenging examinations and personal interviews, would be taught by, and work together with, prominent scientists. Each student would follow a personalized curriculum created to match his or her particular areas of interest and specialization. This system would later become known as the Phystech System.

The Phystech System

The following is a summary of the key principles of the Phystech System, as outlined by Kapitsa in his 1946 letter arguing for the founding of MIPT:

  • Rigorous selection of gifted and creative young individuals.
  • Involving leading scientists in student education, in close contact with them in their creative environment.
  • An individualized approach to encourage the cultivation of students’ creative drive, and to avoid overloading them with unnecessary subjects and rote learning common in other schools and necessitated by mass education.
  • Conducting their education in an atmosphere of research and creative engineering, using the best existing laboratories in the country.

In its implementation, the Phystech System combines highly competitive admissions, extensive fundamental education in mathematics, as well as theoretical and experimental physics in the undergraduate years, and immersion in research work at leading research institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences starting as early as the second or third year.

The institute has eleven departments, ten of them with an average of 80 students admitted annually into each. Now, the very best of international stduents are also admitted here.

  1. Radio Engineering and Cybernetics
  2. General and Applied Physics
  3. Aerophysics and Space Research
  4. Molecular and Biological Physics
  5. Physical and Quantum Electronics
  6. Aeromechanics and Flight Engineering
  7. Applied Mathematics and Control
  8. Problems of Physics and Power Engineering
  9. Innovation and High Technology
  10. Nano-, Bio-, Information and Cognitive Technologies

The eleventh faculty, Information Business Systems, offers only a Master’s programme and accepts students with Bachelor’s degrees from other faculties or other institutes.

In addition, a number of Russian and Western companies act as base organizations of MIPT. These include:

Do you want to know who studied under the Phystech System?

Famous faculty and alumni

How do you like that!?

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Study Nuclear Engineering in Russia

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This Department was opened in 1966. The whole existence of this Department is closely connected with history, contemporary state and perspectives of the atomic industry. Much work has been done in the area of the educational process organization.

For 40 years the academic staff of the Department has showed itself as competent teachers: in 2002, they were charged to educate students by the new educational program Safety and Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Materials. MEPHI, Moscow and TPU, Tomsk are the only Russian educational institutions which train engineers in this field. Besides these two institutions, this program is featured by the Department of Energy of the USA, such national labs as Pacific North-Eastern laboratory and Los-Alamos laboratory; Swedish nuclear Inspectorate and the International Agency of Atomic Power Engineering.



  • Nuclear power and thermal physics

  • Nuclear Physics and Technologies

  1. Radiation safety and the environment
  2. Physics of fast processes
  3. Safety of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities
  4. Applied Molecular Physics
  5. Thermal physics of nuclear power plants (NPP)
  6. Physical radiation materials science: Physical Durability materials science.
  7. Nuclear reactors and power plants: Information-measuring systems and equipment for nuclear power radiation experiment.
  8. plasma Physics
  9. Physics of thermonuclear fusion
  10. Plasma processes in devices and installations
  11. Plasma-surface interaction
  12. Physics of transport phenomena: Nuclear Methods study of the properties of matter
  13. Physics of transport phenomena: Nuclear instrumentation.
  14. Superconductivity and Physics of Nanostructures
  15. Physical and technical problems of metrology
  16. Nuclear and particle physics
    • Elementary Particle Physics and Cosmology
  17. Electronics and automation of physical plants
    • Micro and Nanoelectronic Devices and Systems for Physical Plants
  • Nuclear Power Plants and Installations

  • Nuclear reactors and materials

  1. Nuclear materials: accounting, control and safe handling
  2. Design and manufacture of fuel elements and assembling Nuclear Power plant
  • Isotope separation technology and nuclear fuel

  1. Nuclear fuel (advanced functional materials)
  2. Molecular-selective phenomena and nano-structured materials



  • Computer-Aided Design of Thermal and Nuclear Power Stations

  • Nuclear Physics and Technologies

  1. Radiation safety of people and the environment
  2. Automation systems, physical systems and their components
  3. Physics of run-away processes
  4. Technical aspects of the nuclear non-proliferation
  5. Physics of nuclear power plants
  6. Thermal physics of nuclear power plants
  7. Information-measuring system of nuclear power plants and technology of radiation experiment
  8. Micro-and nanoelectronic devices and systems for physical installations
  9. Methods and apparatus for Applied Nuclear Physics
  10. The nuclear-physical methods of investigation of the properties of matter
  11. Durability Physical Materials
  12. Computer health systems
  13. Nuclear physics and astrophysics
  14. Physics of Extreme States of substances
  15. Experimental study and modeling of fundamental interactions of elementary particles and atomic nuclei
  16. Physics of charged particle beams and electrical installations
  17. Medical particle accelerators
  18. Plasma-surface interaction
  19. Plasma processes in devices and installations
  20. Plasma Physics
  21. Physics of thermonuclear fusion
  22. Nuclear Methods
  23. Solar-Terrestrial Physics
  24. Applied Physics and Ion Mass Spectroscopy
  25. Isotope separation of physics and molecular mixtures
  26. Electronics physical facilities
  27. Laser Physics
  28. Particle Physics and Cosmology
  29. Heterostructure physics and nanotechnology electronics
  30. Solid State Physics and Photonics
  31. Superconductivity and Physics of Nanostructures
  32. Applied Superconductivity
  33. Electronics physical facilities
  34. Physical and technical problems of metrology
  35. Medical Physics
  36. Nuclear Electric Power Plant Control
  37. Physics of Kinetic Phenomena
  38. Nuclear and Technical Inspection and Control
  39. Nuclear and particle physics
    • Elementary Particle Physics and Cosmology
  40. Electronics and automation of physical plants
    • Micro and Nanoelectronic Devices and Systems for Physical Plants
  • Nuclear power and thermal physics

  1. Safe handling of nuclear materials



    • Electronics and Automation of Nuclear Plants


    • Automation and Control of Engineering Processes
    • Engineering and Production Automation and Control (nuclear industry)
    • Design, Operation and Decommissioning of Nuclear Power Plants
    • Thermal Physics and Basics of Thermology
    • Plasma Physics
    • Instruments and Methods of Experimental Physics


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