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Top Universities in Russia: Lomonosov vs Novosibirsk

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Two of the most renowned universities in Russia in this year’s QS BRICS University Rankings, Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and Novosibirsk State University (NSU) are bound to be at the top of your list if you want to study in Russia. Lomonosov ranks sixth this year, while Novosibirsk ranks 12th. They’re also both ranked well in the QS World University Rankings® 2019, with Lomonosov currently ranked 90th in the world, while Novosibirsk is in joint 244th place.

If you’re trying to decide between these two top Russian universities, read on for an overview of how they compare in factors such as the student community, subject strengths and tuition fees.

 

Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU)

Novosibirsk State University (NSU)

QS World University Rankings® 2019

Ranked 90th in the world

Ranked 79th in the world by academics and 83rd by employers

31st for faculty/student ratio


Ranked 173rd for percentage of international students and 601+ for citations per faculty

Ranked joint 244th in the world

Ranked 292nd in the world by academics and 276th by employers


85th for faculty/student ratio


Ranked 285th for percentage of international students and 601+ for citations per faculty

QS BRICS University Rankings 2019

Ranked sixth in BRICS

Ranked sixth for academic reputation and seventh for employer reputation

fourth for faculty/student ratio

10th for number of international students

Ranked 12th in BRICS

Ranked 28th for academic reputation and 23rd for employer reputation

 

18th for faculty/student ratio


15th for number of international students

 

Subject strengths*

Ranked 56th in the world for arts & humanities

Ranked joint 57th in the world for engineering & technology

Joint 21st for natural sciences

68th for social sciences & management

Joint 303rd for life sciences & medicine

Ranked joint 375th in the world for arts & humanities

Joint 182th for engineering & technology

Joint 68th for natural sciences

Joint 391st for social sciences & management

 

Location

Main campus is on Sparrow Hills, just outside the city center of Moscow.

Located just outside the city center of Novosibirsk, Siberia, at Akademgorodok (‘Academic Town’), a research center.

 

Student community

47,000 students currently enrolled

4,000 (8.5 percent) of these are international

7,000 students currently enrolled


1,400 (20 percent) of these are international students

English-taught programs

Offers English-taught programs in seven schools/faculties. No English-taught bachelor’s degrees are available.

Offers English-taught programs in six faculties/departments. No English-taught bachelor’s degrees are available.

International tuition fees

Varies – here are some examples:

  • BSc/Msc or Specialist degree in physics: 325,000 rubles per year (~US$5,030)
  • BSc/MSc in history: 300,200 rubles per year (~US$4,650)
  • English-taught master’s degrees cost between US$3,800-5,200 per year
  • English-taught PhDs cost US$5,500 per year

 *Based on the broad subject areas of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

Novosibirsk State University

QS World University Rankings® 2019

Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) is the leading institution at 90th, climbing from joint 95th last year, and also beats Novosibirsk State University (NSU) in most of the indicators used to compile the ranking. MSU is in the global top 100 for its reputation among graduate employers and academics, while both Russian universities achieve their highest score for the ratio of faculty to students, with MSU holding a large lead at 31st to Novosibirsk’s 85th.

The two top Russian universities both come 601+ for the citations per faculty indicator (a measure of research impact), and both are in the top 300 for percentage of international students, with MSU again in the lead by far at 173rd.

Subject strengths

While the world and BRICS rankings can be a helpful starting point when choosing between these two top universities in Russia, you’ll probably also want to see which institution performs best for your subject. Looking firstly at the broad subject areas of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, Lomonosov is in the top 100 for every broad subject area, excluding life sciences & medicine, for which it ranks joint 303rd. Both Lomonosov and Novosibirsk achieve their highest score for natural sciences, with Lomonosov in joint 21st place internationally.

The table below shows how the two top Russian universities compare on a subject level.

Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and Novosibirsk State University (NSU) in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

 

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Novosibirsk State University

Archaeology

51-100

--

Architecture/built environment

151-200

--

Biological sciences

101-150

351-400

Business & management

151-200

--

Chemistry

51-100

251-300

Communication & media studies

151-200

--

Computer science & information systems

48th

301-350

Earth & marine sciences

101-150

--

Economics & econometrics

151-200

--

Education & training

151-200

--

Engineering (chemical)

--

151-200

Engineering (mechanical)

51-100

251-300

English language & literature

101-150

--

Environmental sciences

201-250

--

Geography

151-200

--

History

51-100

101-150

Law

51-100

151-200

Linguistics

23rd

201-250

Materials science

101-150

301-350

Mathematics

=34th

101-150

Medicine

251-300

--

Modern languages

=33rd

201-250

Natural sciences

=21

=68

Pharmacy & pharmacology

151-200

--

Philosophy

51-100

151-200

Physics & astronomy

26th

51-100

Politics & international studies

51-100

101-150

Psychology

201-250

--

Social policy & administration

--

--

Sociology

151-200

251-300

Statistics & operational research

101-150

--

Hospitality & leisure management

--

--

Moscow

Location

Another important factor to bear in mind when choosing between these two top Russian universities is where you’ll based. Both university’s cities were ranked in the latest QS Best Student Cities, with Moscow ranked 28th out of 100 cities in the 2018 edition, while Novosibirsk placed 96th.  Moscow is perhaps a more familiar location, given it’s the capital of Russia and is located in the western (European) part of the country, but Novosibirsk is the unofficial capital of Siberia in Asian Russia and the third largest city in the country after Moscow and St Petersburg. As you’d expect from Siberia, Novosibirsk gets very cold, with temperatures averaging around minus 16°C in January. The cultural and economic center of Siberia, Novosibirsk is a fast-growing city and a transport hub. Novosibirsk State University itself is located in Akademgorodok (Academic Town), 30km from the city center, which is a world-famous research center and Russia’s answer to Silicon Valley. Novosibirsk is also a relatively affordable city for students, with much cheaper living costs than you’d find in Moscow (rent alone is 59 percent cheaper, according to Numbeo).

If you’d rather spend a bit more to live in Moscow and study at Lomonosov Moscow State University, you’re still likely to find the city’s living costs much lower than those in other European cities, such as London (where rent is 160 percent more expensive). Moscow also received plenty of praise in our student survey, with students commenting on the “many activities and events happening during the year…the city is made for youth and student life”, while another said: “You get to learn about different people and cultures”.

One of the most iconic capitals in the world, Moscow is full of fantastic Russian architecture, theaters, museums, galleries and parks to explore in your spare time. With more than 13.2 million residents, it’s considerably larger than Novosibirsk (which has a population of 1.6 million), so depending on your personality, you may find big city life either exciting or overwhelming.

Tuition fees & funding

Both of these top universities in Russia have similar tuition fees, which hover in the US$3,800-5,500 per year range for many courses. Even Lomonosov’s clinical medicine degree is only 325,000 rubles per year (~US$5,030) - a similar price to many other courses, despite medicine typically being one of the most expensive subjects. Fees are slightly higher for the English-taught graduate degrees at Novosibirsk State University but are still fairly low.

In terms of funding, the Russian government offers scholarships to help international students afford their studies, with 15,000 spots awarded in 2018. Russian government scholarships cover your full tuition for the duration of your program, as well as a maintenance allowance for the duration of your studies (typically about 1,630 rubles every month, which is roughly US$25). If available at your university, it will also include dormitory accommodation. To find out more and read about the steps to apply, you can check the Study in Russia website.

Lomonosov doesn’t currently offer its own scholarships. At Novosibirsk State University you may be able to study for an international program if you’re from a partner university or one that takes part in the Erasmus + exchange program.

You can browse more scholarships to study in Russia in our dedicated list here.

This article was originally published in November, 2017. It was updated in April 2019. 

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Written by Sabrina Collier
The Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina edits and publishes articles which guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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