About North-Western State Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov

North-Western State Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov (NWSMU) was founded on October 12, 2011 as a result of the merger of the two oldest educational medical institutions in Russia - St. Petersburg Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education and St. Petersburg State Medical Academy named after I. I.I. Mechnikov.

The founder of the University is the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.

The activity of the University is based on close cooperation and coordination of educational, clinical and research activities - this allows training competent specialists who have modern knowledge and are able to apply it in practice.



University mission

  • High quality education of a Russian doctor in the XXI century
  • Innovative scientific activity and the implementation of its results in practical health care and education
  • Highly effective medical assistance to citizens of the Russian Federation
  • Formation of high morality and spirituality of the Russian doctor

The University realizes its mission through educational, scientific, clinical, international and socio-cultural activities.




International activity

64 foreign partner-universities                              27 countries of the world                        

  • Integration of North-Western State Medical University into the international educational context
  • Interaction with foreign universities, embassies, international associations in order to develop international cooperation
  • Organization and coordination of international academic mobility programs
  • Organization, development and increase of student and postgraduate educational exchanges, summer internships and practical training abroad
  • Increase of academic mobility of the faculty members: sending leading employees of the University abroad for lectures, seminars and master-classes, as well as organizing the reception of leading foreign specialists, lecturers, professors.
  • Promotion of educational programs of the University summer and winter schools in the international arena
  • Participation in the search for international educational and scientific and practical grants





The North-Western State Medical University sets global goals and works every day to achieve high performance and better results. To meet the challenges of the XXI century, the University carries out daily work on improving the quality of education, introducing innovative developments into practice.

The years of experience of the predecessor universities have allowed the creation of a continuous educational program that includes pre-university training, higher education, and then advanced training or retraining.

NWSMU provides training at 7 faculties:

  • General Medicine
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgical
  • Therapeutic
  • Medicine and Biology

Modern medicine has fantastic technologies, but in order to implement them, it is necessary to have professionals of the highest level. Our unique faculty staff passes on their valuable experience to the younger generation so that graduates receive the best education and are worthy of the title of doctor.

Our University is a team of scientists, employees, residents and students who are distinguished by their education and competence, ability to make decisions instantly, willingness to take responsibility and desire to constantly improve themselves. At the same time, the most important for people in white coats remain humanistic values - sensitivity, compassion, mercy, sincere desire to help people.

The faculty includes professors, associate professors, senior lecturers, teachers and assistants, deans and heads of departments and most of them are simultaneously practicing doctors of various clinics in St. Petersburg.

  • 33 research scientists
  • 7 member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 3 Corresponding Member, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 37 honored physicians of Russia
  • 751 Candidate of Medical Science
  • 380 PhDs
  • 25 Excellent Workers of Public Health




Education levels

M.D. course in General Medicine (Spetsialitet) (partly in English)

"General Medicine" for English-speaking students:

The MD course includes 6 years of study and practical training, partly in English.

During the first 3 years of training considerable attention is paid to the study of the Russian language


225 clinical practice bases              64 foreign partner universities

  • Practical classes and training during practical training at clinical bases of the university (more than 50 bases), in research institutes, laboratories
  • Opportunity to undergo practical training /internship in medical organizations in different countries (more than 30)
  • Opportunity to engage in research work, participate in scientific and practical conferences, publish the results of your own research in print media
  • Work on unique equipment that provides conditions for increasing the efficiency and quality of professional training of medical workers
  • Participation in exchange programs with partner universities in Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, China, Latvia, Norway, Serbia, Turkey, Finland, Croatia, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Japan, etc.
  • Participation in social activities, volunteer movements, sports and cultural and creative work
  • Possibility to choose an individual trajectory of postgraduate vocational education

Start of the program – November, 1, 2020

Cost of the program: 390,000 rubles per year


The spetsialitet also includes 6 educational programs implemented in Russian.




Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (implemented in Russian)

Training period – 4 years

  • Study of natural sciences and professional subjects
  • Availability of own clinics and clinical bases of the University to obtain a high-quality set of practical skills
  • Opportunity to engage in research work, participate in scientific and practical conferences and seminars of young scientists, to publish the results of your own research in print media
  • Employment for mid-level personnel, including in high-tech areas of medicine

Master's degree program "Public Health" (implemented in Russian)

2 years training period                    64 foreign partner universities                                 Full-time education

  • Study of the specifics of medicine in order to improve the efficiency of the activities of economists, engineers, lawyers, biologists, ecologists, etc. working in the health care system.
  • Training specialists with a wide range of basic specialties for the implementation of evidence-based professional activities in the field of public health
  • In-depth approach to theoretical training of a student
  • Employment opportunities in research, design, organizational and management activities upon completion of training
  • In-depth foreign language learning (English) and extensive interaction between students and teachers with international partners



Residency (implemented in Russian)

77 specialties        2 years training period        225 clinical practice bases     64 foreign partner universities

  • Multidisciplinary medical institution with its own clinical base
  • Advanced research laboratories and institute
  • Unique faculty and teaching staff
  • Foreign medical institutions and partner universities around the world
  • Application of simulation and educational technologies;
  • Mentoring using telemedicine
  • Compliance with educational professional standards
  • Competitive research teams




Postgraduate studies, PhD candidates (implemented in Russian)

  • Acquisition of the level of knowledge, skills, experience necessary for professional activity and preparation for defense of scientific qualification work (dissertation) for the degree of Candidate of Sciences.
  • Postgraduate training programs for scientific and pedagogical staff and PhD training of scientific staff
  • The opportunity to participate in grants for postgraduate and PhD students who successfully master the program of training scientific and pedagogical personnel and constitute the scientific and pedagogical reserve of the University.

Additional professional education (implemented in Russian)

800+ continuing education programs         27 500+ students of additional vocational education programs per year

The University successfully implements programs of additional professional education, which allow to improve qualifications and undergo professional retraining in the field of medicine, to prepare for passing certification and certification exams. Educational programs are developed on the basis of the best domestic and foreign practices, taking into account the needs of the market and the requirements of professional standards. Leading employees of the North-Western State Medical University are involved in working with students.

  • Professional development programs and professional retraining programs
  • Target audience: Health professionals with medical and pharmaceutical education (both higher and secondary)
  • Budgetary and off-budgetary training framework
  • Full-time, part-time, mixed and intermittent forms of study
  • Providing a comfortable hostel (on a paid basis)


Student life

7 student clubs                                                           80+ student events per year

Obtaining a higher medical education is not only a process of mastering professional skills, but also the formation of internal potential of a student's personality, the development of his spiritual and moral qualities.

Student life promotes formation of professionally important personality traits and develops its social activity, provides psychological assistance and support to the student so that he could realize himself, create, aspire to independence, and increase personal responsibility.

Students can make interesting acquaintances, acquire useful skills and simply find people who are close in spirit and interests in student clubs and associations of the North-Western State Medical University.

At the University, students go in for sports, participate in city creative festivals, organize student art events and sing in the choir, practice together in medical institutions and do charity work, hold student scientific conferences and organize business trips, develop the "green movement" and celebrate holidays.

North-Western State Medical University is always open to fresh ideas and new plans, therefore new projects and organizations constantly appear at the University, created in order to support students in their endeavors.




Our graduates are tens of thousands of people around the world who have become part of a huge team of people who are passionate about their Alma Mater.

The North-Western State Medical University Alumni Association is a unique platform that unites everyone who has ever studied at the University or predecessor universities, keeps the traditions of the University and keeps in touch with former classmates.




Research and scientific activities

9 Research Institute and Research Laboratory           1 Research Dental Center              1 Scientific cluster

2700+ publications in scientific journals per year               138 patents for inventions and utility models

One of the main goals of the University staff is to create new knowledge in medicine and biology and to introduce the results of fundamental and applied research into clinical practice and medical education.

The priority result of scientific research of the North-Western State Medical University is the creation of innovations, introduced into practical activities, demanded by the market of medical services and providing a qualitative increase in efficiency. Over the past 5 years, North-Western State Medical University has become a leader in the number of patents for inventions and utility models among medical universities and has more than 120 innovative developments that are being implemented in clinical, diagnostic, preventive and organizational work of medical institutions.

Scientific developments at the North-Western State Medical University are carried out jointly with more than 50 leading universities and research institutes of St. Petersburg, Russia and foreign countries, with 60 medical institutions, 25 pharmaceutical companies.

The results of scientific research of employees of the University named after I.I. Mechnikov are published in their own journals published at the University: " Emergency Medical Aid" (State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles - SCADT), "Russian family doctor", "Vestnik NWGMU" (SCADT), "Problems of medical mycology" (SCADT), "Preventive and clinical medicine" (SCADT).




Ratings and achievements

Positioning in ratings has become an important attribute of the educational sphere. Today this tool forms a social reality and promotes the university at the regional, national and global level.

In most ratings the main indicators of the efficiency and quality of the university are the efficiency of its activities in such areas as education, science and international activities. But despite the apparent similarities, the ratings differ in methodology, number of evaluated indicators, "weight" of each of the evaluated coefficients, etc.

Clinical activities

By the level of equipment, qualification of specialists, bed capacity, complexity of tasks to be solved and use of high-tech methods of treatment, our medical centers in St. Petersburg are among the best federal healthcare institutions of the country.