Gubkin University is the leading Russian industry institution that trains specialists for the global oil and gas industry. Over 11,000 undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students, including international students from more than 70 countries, are enrolled at the University.
Gubkin University offers four types of degrees, such as Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree, Specialist’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctoral degree or PhD.
A distinctive feature of the Russian education is a Specialist’s degree program. The Specialist’s (engineer’s) degree is equivalent to a Bachelor's degree level; however, it implies high-quality and in-depth technical training within the selected major. Therefore, the period of study at these programs is one year longer. Upon completion of a Specialist’s degree program, students have an opportunity to apply directly for postgraduate studies at Gubkin University.
Bachelor’s degree program takes four years to complete. Specialist’s degree program requires five years of full-time study. Master’s degree program requires two years of full-time study. Unlike most other university systems, Russian university curriculum offers a two-tier program in postgraduate studies: applicants work from three to four years of studies toward candidate of sciences designation and afterwards from five to fifteen years toward doctor of sciences designation. Both are viewed as an equivalent to PhD.
The final stage at any level of study is a graduate qualification work or a thesis written under the guidance of the supervisor.