Candidate of Science and PhD Programs

Candidate of Science and PhD Programs

Postgraduate education constitutes the main format for training the future teaching and research staff at universities and research organizations. Postgraduate programs are available for those who have obtained a specialist degree (five years of education) or a master degree. Postgraduate education can be completed within full-time (3 years) or extramural (4 years) formats. Upon its completion, the academic degree of “Candidate of sciences” is conferred.

Postgraduate studies are meant for those who strive to understand and develop science and research. It is based on independent effort made in order to acquire research experience and master research methods. Working on their dissertations, postgraduate students are to:

  • individually define research direction that would be relevant or interesting to them;
  • select a research topic;
  • study scientific literature pertaining to the subject;
  • organize and carry out an experiment;
  • obtain and process data;
  • compare the results obtained with data already existing in this particular field of research;
  • draw conclusions.

Every postgraduate student has a research supervisor. As a rule, this is a member of university faculty or staff who has an academic degree, carries out research and delivers lectures. Highly qualified faculty and staff, i.e. 65 doctors of science and 26 candidates of science, provide research supervision to postgraduate students at TUSUR. A research supervisor offers advice on the subject, helps identify relevant research methods, provides assistance in experimental set-up and recommends useful scientific literature. However, the main focus of research supervision is guidance, while a postgraduate student finds his or her own way.

Postgraduate education is complete when a student has prepared final thesis («candidate dissertation») to defend it at the meeting of the Dissertation Council specialized in research area corresponding to the subject of the dissertation research.

Before the dissertation can be submitted to the Dissertation Council, postgraduate students are obliged to pass the so-called «candidate examinations» (qualifying examinations for the Candidate degree). In order to prepare for them, postgraduate students study history and philosophy of science, a foreign language and a specialized discipline depending on research area of the dissertation.

If a postgraduate student successfully defends his or her dissertation at the meeting of the Dissertation Council and this dissertation is approved by the Higher Attestation Committee of the Russian Federation, this student is awarded an academic degree of «Candidate of sciences». This academic degree is certified with a state diploma.

At the present time about 250 individuals study at TUSUR within 27 programs of postgraduate professional education:

Physics and Mathematics
01.02.04 Mechanics of deformable solid body
01.04.03 Radiophysics
01.04.04 Physical electronics
01.04.05 Optics
01.04.07 Condensed state physics
01.04.10 Semiconductor physics
03.00.16 Ecology
05.09.03 Electric engineering complexes and systems
05.09.12 Power electronics
05.11.07 Optic and optoelectronic devices and complexes
05.11.13 Devices and methods for control of environment, substances, materials and products
05.12.04 Radioengineering, including television systems and devices
05.12.07 Antennas, microwave devices and technologies
05.12.14 Radiolocation and radionavigation
05.13.01 System analysis, control and processing of information (information and data systems, economics, energy sector, production, education)
05.13.05 Elements and devices of computer equipment and control systems
05.13.06 Automation and control of production process and facilities (production sector, energy sector, transport, communication and informatization, education)
05.13.10 Management in social and economic systems
05.13.11 Mathematical and software support for computers, computer complexes and networks
05.13.12 Systems for design automation (production, energy sector)
05.13.18 Mathematical modelling, numerical methods and software systems
05.13.19 Methods and systems of data protection, information security
05.27.02 Vacuum and plasma electronics
08.00.05 Economics and business management (in different industries and sectors, including economics, organisation and management of enterprises, sectors, and complexes; innovation management; regional economy; labour economics)
08.00.13 Mathematical and instrumental methods of economics
09.00.01 Ontology and epistemology
25.00.36 Geo-ecology (engineering sciences)