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Postgraduate studies

Postgraduate studies are a form of professional postgraduate education. It is the main stage in the preparation of scientific, academic, and teaching staff and it gives a person an opportunity to be engaged in research.

The main goal of postgraduate study is to acquire skills for being engaged in independent research. Each postgraduate student is assigned a supervisor, under whose guidance he or she writes a thesis. In the course of training, a person gains experience, which he or she will need to choose the area of research in future. A postgraduate student learns to substantiate research topics that he is engaged in, obtains the experience required for the correct organization and running of an experiment, and acquires the skills of working with academic literature, the ability to competently receive and process research data, and perform their comparative analysis. In addition, he learns to correctly summarize the findings of his/her research in the form of conclusions.

The final stage of the training is the writing of the candidate's[1] (PhD) thesis. The post-graduate student should preliminarily defend a prepared dissertation at the meetings of the corresponding department and research division.

There are three forms of post-graduate training at USUE: full-time, part-time and external studies.

Training of academic and teaching staff at USUE is carried out in six areas.

More detailed information about training areas and rules of admission can be found here


[1] Candidate of Sciences

According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.