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2. comprehension check


1. Why do you think NSTU was among the first Russian higher educational institutions to introduce the multi-level system of education?

2. What are the advantages of the system?

3. What are the two ways of earning an advanced (third-level) degree from a technological university?

4. What is the major difference between these degrees?

5. What degree is awarded after successful completion of the coursework during a four-year period at University and meeting all the degree requirements?

6. What certificate does a student receive after two years of study in the Bachelor’s program and passing the necessary qualifying examinations if he/she chooses to leave the University?




(Part of a Sample Answer on the Topic)


Novosibirsk State Technical University opened its master-level degree programs in 1994/95 academic year. There are two types of degree programs suggested: research-oriented programs leading to M.S. degree and professional programs designed to train professionally qualified /certified engineers for practical work in industry, science, and business.

In 1994 the first students enrolled in the NSTU Master's programs on the competition basis and in June 1996 the first Master's programs graduates were awarded their Master's of Science degrees. The number of students admitted to the Master's programs is 15 per cent of Bachelor's program graduates.

NSTU offers Master's programs in forty-nine fields of study. Training Master students is a new task for Russian higher school. At NSTU, Master's programs are considered as a basis for continuing education in Cand. Sc. program. In accordance with the State Educational Standard, Master students are oriented towards independent research work thus restricting time for required regular lectures and classes.

Each Master student is doing research under the supervision of a research adviser who is a university professor/teacher with a research degree (Cand. Sc. or D. Sc.). Introducing the Master's programs, NSTU is aiming at setting up a school training qualified specialists in teaching and research.

I've entered a research-oriented M.S. program as I was already engaged in research when an undergraduate student. I was doing research under the supervision of Professor / Associate Professor N, an authority in the field. The academic staff of our department are engaged in active research in almost all branches of … There are many advanced seminars each semester for graduate students and research staff. Conferences in many areas of active research are held here.

One may choose an individually tailored curriculum, it depends on your progress in the field, your thesis adviser's opinion, and some other factors I think. Personal guidance is provided for each graduate student. Completion of M.S. program requires 2 academic years of study.

The program is made up of a specified number of required and elective courses. My majors are …, and I've also chosen … as elective courses.

After two years of studies in the M.S. program, students submit their master's thesis which is a written work containing research results in a specified field. An oral thesis defense is required. I hope to successfully defend the thesis and then continue to study in Cand. Sc. program towards the Candidate of Engineering degree.


1. Vocabulary list


professionally qualified/ certified specialists

дипломированные специалисты

enrol(l) in

вносить в списки (учащихся); запи-сываться, зачисляться







master student



зд. обязательный, e. g. required courses обязательные учебные курсы / дис-циплины

research degree

научная степень

undergraduate student

студент программы бакалавриата

under the supervision of

под руководством

master’s thesis (Am E)

магистерская диссертация

master’s thesis defense (Am E)

защита магистерской диссертации

Master of science (M. Sc. (Br E) / M. S. (Am E))

Магистр (естественных или точных наук)


2. Comprehension check


1. When did NSTU open its first master-level degree programs?

2. What are the two types of master-level degree programs offered by the University?

3. When were the first Master’s programs graduates awarded their M. S. degrees?

4. How many fields does NSTU offer its Master’s programs in?

5. What are the characteristic features of M. S. programs at NSTU?

6. How much time is required to complete a Master’s program?

7. What is the University aiming at launching its Master’s program?

8. May the M. S. degree at NSTU be earned without a master’s thesis?

9. What kind of degree work is the Master’s thesis? Should it be an original and interesting contribution to the field?

10. Why do you think an oral thesis defense is required?