A Neurosurgery Residency includes theoretical and clinical practice modules. Key characteristics of the theoretical training are the interdisciplinary nature of the subjects as well as the emphasis on independent study. Residents learn how to work with current literature, analyze medical information, and relate the theoretical knowledge gained to their practical clinical experience.

Program goal

A Residency in Neurosurgery is designed to prepare qualified, trained medical specialists in neurosurgery . They will have the ability to work autonomously in a specialized area of medicine, including high-technology medical care. The education will provide trainees with an excellent and broad background in fundamental medical science and with the professional, technical, and clinical skills necessary in their field. The trainees will also acquire in-depth knowledge of related disciplines.

Duration of study

Two academic years

Language of instruction


The training program for the specialty includes lectures on topical issues related to neurosurgery and seminars.

Disciplines Credits
Neurosurgery 16
Clinical pharmacology 2
Emergency Medicine 2
Health Organization and Public Health 3
Pathology 2
Pedagogy 2
Pediatrics 2
Normal anatomy 2
Topographic anatomy 2
Oncolytic Viruses 2
Medical Genetics 2
Vascular Surgery 2
Oncology 2
Radiation Diagnostics 2
Clinical researches (clinical training) 8
Neurosurgery clinical training 63
Oncology clinical training 3
Final examination (Final interview) 3
Total credits 120

Research activity

  • Residents and faculty meet two times a month to review the latest clinical and basic science research articles, gain insight into ongoing research activities within the Department, and look for answers to clinical questions.
  • Each resident has a theme for their clinical research work and reports their results four times a year. Several times a year, residents review interesting cases from their consultation services to their peers. Complex medical cases are presented with a pathology review.

Examples of topics:
  • Analysis of endovascular treatment results of patients with intracranial atherosclerotic stenosis
  • Study of surgical treatment approaches for patients with aneurysms of the vertebral and posterior inferior cerebellar arteries
  • Study of the frequency and causes of temporal lobe epilepsy recurrences after an anteromedial temporal lobectomy

Training base

The clinical practice component takes place at the Federal Neurosurgery Center. Doctors at the Federal Neurosurgery Center are teachers at The Novosibirsk State University V. Zelman Institute of Medicine and Psychology Department of Neurosciences. The Federal Neurosurgery Center has the most modern neurosurgical and diagnostic equipment, equal to the best clinics in the world.
  • Medical meetings with experienced doctors are held weekly to discuss the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and complex clinical cases in detail.
  • Residents are provided 24-hour access to online broadcasts from 8 operating centers and have the opportunity to watch live operations.
  • Several times a month, the Center hosts training events and conferences with the participation of specialists from other countries.
  • The Federal Neurosurgery Center has three research laboratories where residents can develop their manual skills according to special training programs using microsurgical, endoscopic, and endovascular equipment.
  • Students go through several stages of training increasing complexity for the development of their surgical techniques under the guidance of experienced neurosurgeons. The Federal Neurology Center regularly hosts master classes and simulation training on various manipulation techniques using the latest neurosurgical equipment.
  • The Federal Neurosurgery Center cooperates with doctors from other countries in order to reach an international level in the treatment of neurosurgical pathologies.
  • During the training, Federal Neurosurgery specialists transfer skills in academic work, residents participate in research and writing scientific articles. Residents have the opportunity to use the library, which has access to full-text articles in the world's leading neurosurgical journals.

  • Key persons


    Jamil Rzayev

    MD, Docent. Chief Physician at the Federal State Budgetary Institution “Federal Neurosurgery Center Novosibirsk”

    Scientific interests: Skull base surgery, spinal surgery, functional neurosurgery, neuromodulation.

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    Galina Moisak

    MD, PhD, neurologist at the Federal State Budgetary Institution “Federal Neurosurgery Center Novosibirsk”

    Scientific interests: Facial and headaches, modern methods for diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors, degenerative diseases of the spine.

    Fees and Financial support

    Tuition fees

    Tuition fees are U.S. $12,000 per year.


    Every year foreign students have an opportunity to apply for the Russian Government Scholarship Program

    Benefits: full tuition, monthly stipend.
    Application deadline: depends on the country of applicant

    Entrance requirements

    • Copy of the 1st page of your travelling passport with your personal data
    • Legalized (if required) diploma of higher medical education
    • Legalized (if required) academic transcripts (transcript of record, university degree/s, diploma supplements)
    • 2 photos
    • English language course marks sheet/TOEFL certificate or other international certificates (in case English is not your native language and your previous education wasn't in English)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Motivational Letter (1-2 pages)
    • Medical certificate of overall health condition
    • HIV + AIDS certificates

    Note! Selection in the Residency Program is competitive and based on the results of a final interview. For enrollment you have to submit both original and notarized Russian translations of the required documents to the NSU International Recruitment Office (office 2325).

    Career opportunities

    Residency graduates are highly qualified professionals who can work as neurosurgery specialists in public or private medical institutions, as well as successfully conduct scientific research.

    Application deadlines

    Till August 27 fill the application form and provide full set of scanned documents.