General Medicine

In english and russian

Level of education Specialist

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 6 years

Programme description
  • The programme includes a wide range of disciplines to train medical doctors.  Particular attention is paid to the teaching of fundamental disciplines in junior courses, which develops wide scientific horizons among students.  Lecturers from different faculties of the University are involved in the training process. In senior years, students study clinical disciplines. To master their professional skills, students have practical training in: a well-equipped simulation centre of St Petersburg University; and leading medical institutions and healthcare centres. Practical training is the key component in the training of healthcare personnel. As part of their practical classes and summer internships, students therefore participate in the diagnosis of diseases and the treatment of patients under the supervision of experienced professionals. Within the framework of the programme, clinical practice is combined with research activities under the supervision of the academic staff of St Petersburg University.
  • The programme is unique in that it provides students with an opportunity to develop their professional skills set of a doctor and approaches to advanced scientific research.  Graduates of the programme are ready to use cutting-edge methods and technologies, including digital ones, based on the latest scientific achievements in the field of medicine.
Main courses
  • Latin
  • General Immunology
  • Microbiology, Virology, Immunology
  • Medical Aspects of Embryology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathological Anatomy
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • General Surgery
  • Medical Genetics
  • Epidemiology
  • General Oncology
  • Topographical Anatomy and Operative Surgery
  • Academic Course in Surgery
  • Neurology, Neurosurgery
  • Exercise Therapy and Medical Supervision
  • Urology
  • Obstetrics
  • Dermatovenereology
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Introduction into Endoscopic and Video-Assisted Surgery
  • Hospital Course in Surgery
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Psychiatry, Medical Psychology
  • Paediatrics
  • Endocrinology
  • Hospital Course in Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Current Issues in Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Allergo- and Immunopathology in the Clinical Picture of Internal Diseases
  • Autoimmunology
  • Gerontology and Geriatrics
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Clinical Electrocardiography
  • Gynaecology
  • Traumatology and Orthopaedics
  • Phthisiopulmonology
  • Public Health and Healthcare
  • Introduction to Andrology
  • Diagnosis of Rare Infections
  • Metabolic Disorders in Internal Medicine
  • Neuroimmunoendocrinology: Role and Significance in Molecular Pathology and Medicine
  • Fundamentals of Transplantation
  • Legal Studies
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Anatomical Pathology (Autopsy and Biopsy Course)
  • Clinical Oncology
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Outpatient Surgery
  • Anaesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Introduction to Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders
Our advantages
  • The specialist’s programme ‘General Medicine’ includes a wide range of disciplines to train medical doctors. Particular attention is paid to the teaching of fundamental disciplines, which develops wide scientific horizons among students. A lengthy English course makes it possible for students to achieve good command of the language.
  • Practical knowledge is taught in accordance with international standards and national traditions of higher medical education. It is reinforced during annual summer internships in the leading medical institutions of the city. To master their practical skills, students have practical training in a well-equipped simulation centre of St Petersburg University.
  • The programme ‘General Medicine’ combines clinical practice with research activities under the supervision of the St Petersburg University faculty.
  • These features of the academic programme ‘General Medicine’ make it possible to develop the professional competencies of medical doctors, and their approach to carrying out research at a high level. They are also ready to use advanced methods and technologies, including digital ones based on the cutting-edge scientific achievements in medicine.
  • The programme provides training under individual educational paths through elective and online courses.
  • The requirements for material, technical, educational, methodological and other conditions for the implementation of the academic programme are met by all the resources of St Petersburg University under the rules established by the University and the resources of partner organisations.
  • The academic programme is also implemented for physically challenged students taking into account their special needs, individual capabilities and health status.
  • Graduates of the specialist’s programmes speak English at a level of English proficiency comparable to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • The academic programme has been designed taking into account professional standards and the views of employers on the correlation of graduates' competencies and job functions in their professional activities.
International relations
  • Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
  • University of Helsinki, the University of Turku (Finland)
  • Freie Universität Berlin and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany)
  • Texas Medical School, Yale University and the University of North Carolina (the USA)
  • University of Madrid, the University of Salamanca (Spain)
  • University of Bologna (Italy)
  • The Sorbonne (France)
Career opportunities

According to their area of specialisation, graduates can embark on a career at medical clinics, hospitals and medical centres, as well as research institutes and private medical institutions. They can also engage in teaching and research activities. The programme involves the study of nursing, including acquisition of the appropriate practical skills. There will be a certification examination for the right to work as a mid-level health professional.


  • Types of professional activity:
  • Medical activities in the field of healthcare
  • Hospital activities
  • Organisational and managerial activities 
  • Activities in the field of healthcare
  • Hospital activities
  • Teaching Practice 
  • Higher education institutions — specialist’s programmes
  • Professional education
  • Research activities 
  • Research and development in the field of natural sciences

The academic programme is designed to train a medical doctor who is: competitive in the domestic and international labour markets; and focused on continuous medical education and digital healthcare.

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