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The educational mission of the Faculty of Physics is to train highly qualified research physicists in fundamental and applied physics who can pursue academic careers or work in applied research laboratories and high-tech business. Training is based on involving students in real scientific research.
The faculty provides fundamental education in physics at the undergraduate level, specialised theoretical and practical professional knowledge in the master’s programme, and dissertation preparation in a scientific specialty in graduate school.
Undergraduate and graduate studies take place at two sites:
1. General basic education (including lectures, seminars and educational laboratory work) takes place at HSE University. The general cycle of study in the bachelor’s degree consists of four blocks: General Physics, Mathematics, Computational Physics and Theoretical Physics. The curricula of these blocks cover all sections of modern physics and higher mathematics and are developed under the guidance of professional physicists with rich experience in university education: Vasiliy Glazkov, PhD; Igor Kolokolov, PhD; Konstantin Tikhonov, PhD; and Igor Burmistrov, PhD.
2. Specialised education (starting from the third year) and research work take place at the basic departments and laboratories of the basic institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
This approach gives physics students access to modern scientific equipment and immerses them in an environment characterised by a ‘critical mass’ of physicists who are able to set, discuss and solve new research problems.
By choosing a basic department, students determine their individual educational trajectory. A basic department is a form of interaction between the university and other organisations that facilitates scientific or industrial training. At the Faculty of Physics, the basic organisations are the institutes of the Department of Physical Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The faculty currently has six basic departments at six institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
In addition to general faculty classes, students in the third and fourth years spend 1–2 days a week in basic institutes, where researchers of the selected institute run a series of courses and provide scientific guidance. Classes are held in small groups of 8–10 people, which allows for an individual approach to each student. Each department has its own unique pool of academic disciplines. The main areas of training at the basic departments of the Faculty of Physics are:
Department Head: Vladimir Kulakovsky, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, PhD, Professor, Chief Researcher of the ISSP RAS.
Areas of training:
Department Head: Alexander Smirnov, PhD, Professor, Leading Researcher at IPP RAS.
Department Head: Igor Kolokolov, PhD, Professor, Deputy Director of the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics at RAS.
Department Head: Lev Zeleny, PhD, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Scientific Supervisor at IKI RAS.
Department Head: Viktor Zadkov, PhD, Director of ISAN.
Department Head: Konstantin Eltsov, PhD, Head of the Department of Technologies and Measurements of Atomic Scale at GPI RAS.