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North-Western State Medical University named after Mechnikov

Kirochnaya ul. 41. St. Petersburg,
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At present, the University has a blended mode of study: most classes are held online, and that minimal part of the practical classes, without which we cannot educate a competent good doctor, takes place in full-time mode with the necessary safety precautions.

North-Western state medical university named after I.I. Mechnikov (Mechnikov Medical University) was founded on October 12, 2011 as a result of a successful merger of two ancient Russian medical academies. Thaks to this, the University has become the successor of a long history, rich experience, age-old traditions of two medical institutes of St. Petersburg at once.

The founder of the University is the Ministry of Health of Russia, which means that all services provided here are properly controlled at the state level.

The uniqueness of the University lies in the continuous program of the educational process, which includes pre-university training, higher education, and then advanced training or retraining. 

The University is developing in 3 directions: high quality education, innovative scientific activities, and effective medical care.


The University has 5 training programs:

  • General Medicine (6 years)
  • Preventive Medicine (6 years)
  • Stomatology (5 years)
  • Pediatrics (6 years)
  • Nursing care (4 years, Bachelor's degree)

In 2020 we opened enrollment of foreign nationals to the MD course in General Medicine (spetsialitet), implemented partly in English.

More than 870 programs of additional professional education: advanced training and professional retraining (for graduates)

Summer and winter schools (ophthalmology, gastroenterology, etc.), including English-language programs

Preparatory courses for Russian and foreign citizens

The majority of the teaching staff are practical physicians, among them are 7 academicians of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 37 honored doctors of the Rusian Federation, 751 candidates of medical sciences and 380 doctors of medical sciences.

Scientific activity:

Research Institute of Medical Mycology ( a modern scientific, educational and clinical complex, the only one in its profile in Russia)

8 research laboratories

University Scientific Dental Centre

Own vivarium

138 patents for inventions and utilite models (leading positions among medical universities)

As foreign students often note, training process at Mechnikov Medical University is very practical in comparison with their countries. Putting all knowledge into practice is an important point of the University's ideology. A lot of financial and non-financial resources are invested in the placement of the university educational, research and medical spaces in order to create a suitable space with all necessary amenities.

Medical care:

The University owns its own network of clinics providing patients of all ages with a full range of medical services:

  • Peter the Great Clinic
  • E.E. Eichwald Clinic
  • Medical Preventive Centre
  • The Mycological Clinic
  • Family Medicine Centre

The University clinics have 860 hospital beds in 25 medical profiles and provide medical care to russian and foreign patients (over 400 000 annually).

Practicing doctors are usually at the same time professors of the University, that is the ideology of the University: all professors who train the new generation of doctors practice themselves, and, conversely, all outstanding doctors share their knowledge with future doctors.

International development

The University maintains a wide range of contacts with higher education institutions around the world. Today, Mechnikov Medical University has more than 60 partner universities around the world, which allows its students to study in different countries within the student mobility, as well as come and get education in St. Petersburg.

Furthermore, the University is located in one of the most beautiful cities in the world-St. Petersburg, the cultural, historical and economic centre of Russia.

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