Placeholder image for Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU)

Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU)

4.3 out of 5 (47 ratings / 33 reviews) Moscow, Russia
Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) is Russia’s highest-ranked institution, with a consistent position within the global top 100 of the QS World University Rankings. It is the most prestigious university in Russia. MSU hosts more than 47,000 students, welcoming 4,000 international students every year.

Bachelor's programmes

Engineering & Technology (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



Moscow State University, the first Russian University founded in 1755 on the initiative of Mikhail Lomonosov, an outstanding scientist of the Enlightenment, whose unsettled encyclopedic mind and energy gave the inner impetus to the project. From the very beginning, elitism was alien to the very spirit of our community, which determined the University’s long-standing democratic tradition. Students irrespective of their background have been always admitted to University to further become our renowned alumni – famous scientists and scholars. And the students convene here, as they have always done, to study, to research, to push at the frontiers of knowledge.


Academic areas at Lomonosov Moscow State University are wide-ranging, with a total of 380 departments, 39 faculties, 15 research institutes, four museums and six branch campuses in Russia and abroad.


Lomonosov Moscow State University offers a world class education to everyone with the ability to benefit. Our courses are challenging and rigorous, guided and inspired by our highly qualified academic staff.Since the Soviet era the famous scientist were working in the MSU to develop their research and share their knowledge with their students. This tradition is continuing, and students are feeling involved into the research starting yet from their undergraduate degree programs.There are eleven scientists, writers and politicians whose lives were in some way connected with Moscow State University: Nikolai Semenov (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1956), Igor Tamm, Il`ja Frank (Nobel Laureates in Physics 1958 - together with Pavel Cherenkov), Il'ja Mikhailovich Frank (physicist), Boris Pasternak (Nobel Laureate in Literature 1958), Lev Landau (Nobel Laureate in Physics 1962), Alexandr Prokhorov (Nobel Laureate in Physics 1964), Andrei Sakharov (Laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize 1975), Pyotr Kapitsa (Nobel Laureate in Physics 1978), Mikhail Gorbachev (Laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize 1990), Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov (physicist). Nowadays this is a modern university, constantly ranked as the most prestigious Russian University by the students and employees, with the new university buildings  with all the required facilities and laboratories facilities, research laboratories including sport facilities, medical center libraries and etc.


The MSU graduates are highly demanded by the employees thanks to the fundamental knowledge and skills they get during their education in the Lomonosov Moscow State University.Among MSU graduates are highly ranked Governmental representatives, politicians, well-known scientists, successful business-leaders. 

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
74 10
84 6
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
93 -6
87 -1
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
189 10
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
266 9
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Housing services

Lomonosov Moscow State University offers a campus which is not only close to the rich culture of Russia’s capital city but is also one of the grandest campuses you’ll ever come across, with the main building claiming the title of the tallest educational building in the world. There are seven dormitories, located in the campus that offers accommodation for students with very modest price.

Library services

MSU students benefit from the university’s impressive library, the oldest and one of the largest university library systems in the country, holding around 10 million books. 

Student Life

Campus life

Lomonosov Moscow State University offers a campus which is not only close to the rich culture of Russia’s capital city but is also one of the grandest campuses you’ll ever come across, with the main building claiming the title of the tallest educational building in the world. Students may find all the facilities within the campus: canteens, supermarkets, medical center, sport facilities and etc.

Student Reviews

My study experience
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Overall I had a good study experience. Thought there were sometimes hard periods, personally I have never had any problems in education. In my opinion hardworking students won't be faced with irresistible difficulties

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is a most wonderful university in latvia

Studying ecology in Lomonosov Moscow State University
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Studying at MSU named after Lomonosov was a great experience. In our program, we had many interesting and intelligent professors from many spheres that were connected with ecology including meteorology, cartographic, landscape science, geochemistry, GIS and others

Other programmes from this university