Peter The Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnical University

MSc Power Plant Engineering

Power Plant EngineeringProgramme duration: two years

Start of the programme: September, 1

Participants: international and Russian students

Credits: 120 ECTS at the minimum

Tuition fees: for Russian students – 190 000 RUR/year;
for foreigners – 280 000 RUR/year.

General information

The Master Degree Programme in Power Plant Engineering comprises a wide range of power engineering subjects aimed at theoretical and practical training.

The programme is implemented with the participation of leading professors of St.Petersburg State Polytechnic University and other leading Russian and foreign universities. All lectures and seminars are delivered in English.

 Objective of the programme

The master degree programme has been developed to train highly qualified professionals to design, operate and maintain power plants.

Upon graduation the participants will become proficient in the field of modern energy sector. Our graduates of “Power Plant Engineering” Master Programme are highly-trained professional engineer capable of the analysis, evaluation and implementation of the state-of-the-art technical solutions aimed at improving the energy efficiency of power plants. Our graduates develop practical skills and professional competences in the design and operation of power plants, including construction, commissioning, start-up and management; and the capability to simulate and analyze the operation of power plants with the use of up-to-date sophisticated software.

The Master’s degree program in accordance with  the requirements of the FSES of HE for “Heat Power Engineering and Thermal Engineering” major 13.04.01 is aimed at the development of Master’s students personal qualities, general cultural and general professional competences,  as well as the formation of professional skills required for highly qualified specialists solving problems in the field of design, installation and operation of energy objects (Thermal power plants) and enabling graduates  to work in the academic, scientific and professional field.

In accordance with the EP graduates requirements to the, denoted in the FSES HE, the qualification objectives of the SP are the following:

QO 1. Formation of project design skills in the field of heat power engineering and thermal engineering (PC-1, 2).

QO 2. Formation of research skills in the field of heat power engineering and thermal engineeringи (GPC-1, 2; PC-7).

QO 3. Formation of skills in organization and management activities at energy industry enterprises (GC-2; PC-8, 9, 10).

QO 4. Formation of skills in production and technology activities at energy industry enterprises (PC-3-6).

QO 5. Formation of skills in competent presentation of research and technology information both orally and in writing, in particular skills in a foreign language (GC-1, 3; GPC-1-3).

QO 6. Formation of teaching skills, readiness for further education (PC-11).

The qualification objectives are fully compliant with the mission of the University, which, among other things, include training of highly qualified engineering personnel,, capable of addressing new complex industry-related tasks, and and are ready to bring the Russian economy  to the next level. SPbPU aims to prepare specialists with system and global thinking; possessing both specialized and inter-, multi-, trans-national knowledge, skills and abilities; prepared for continuous learning and self-improvement.

The competences consider:

  1. The existing FSES HPE by major 13.04.01 “Heat Power Engineering and Thermal Engineering” (Master’s level) N 1499 as of 21 November 2014.
  2. European standards and guidelines (ESG) for quality assurance of educational programs,
  3. SPbPU and its partners, as part of the EU project Erasmus+ “On-line quality assurance of educational programs” (EQUASP) have developed a document “Standards and Guidelines for Internal Quality Assurance of Educational programmes”. The aim of the document is the harmonization of national and European standards to ensure the quality of educational programs and the use of standards designed to ensure the quality of educational programs in Russian universities.  The document was approved by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and is recommended to be used in Russian universities.

Expected learning outcomes formulated in terms of competencies of graduates, the relevant to the requirements of the FSES of HE in the major and the profile of training, professional standards and the needs of the labor market and  and requirements of the international standards. When developing the EP, as well as the learning objectives and outcomes, we relied on international experience: meetings were held with the coordinators of educational programs at partner universities abroad, to determine requirements for the MOS already at its stage of development to ensure its maximum effectiveness and relevance on the international market of educational services.

Key advantages

  1. The programme provides our students with:
  • extensive interaction between lecturers and students during scientific and research work;
  • the profound knowledge and wide network of international contacts for further careers in top positions in energy companies;
  • tours to industrial facilities.
  1. The programme gives foreign students the opportunity to study in international and multinational academic environment, be involved in extracurricular activities at the University;
  2. Unique opportunities for international academic mobility. One semester abroad in one of the partner universities. The program gives a lot of opportunities for academic mobility during the second or third semesters. Academic students semester mobility at foreign universities is supported by the federal academic excellence program “5-100-2020” of the RF Ministry of Education and by foreign scholarship programs, such as FIRST, DAAD and ERASMUS+. Academic mobility of students is provided in four major areas:
    1. Germany: Munich (Technical University of Munich) – Master’s program “Power Engineering”; Hannover (Leibniz University of Hannover) – research work in the laboratories of the Institute of Turbomachinery and Fluid Dynamics.
    2. Finland: Lappeenranta (Lappeenranta University of Technology) – Master’s program «Energy Technology».
    3. Italy: Milan (Politechnico di Milano) – Master’s program «Energy Engineering».
    4. Spain: Valencia (Politechnic University of Valencia) – Master’s program “Energy Technologies for Sustainable Development”.

Length of the programme and format

2 years, classes are held 3-4 times a week

 Training methods

Lectures and seminars, case studies, practical studies connected with the subject of lectures, an applied research project.

 Total workload

120 ECTS at the minimum

Admission requirements

Programme participants are required to have a Bachelor’s degree in Energy Technology, Power Machines, Power Engineering or an equivalent degree according to the educational system of the country they represent. They should possess fluent command of English as a foreign language.

 Teaching methods

The programme aims to develop practical skills and professional competences in the field of:

  • advanced knowledge of thermodynamics;
  • basics of design of thermal power plants;
  • development of energy efficient technologies and solutions in energy industry;
  • modeling of processes in power machines;
  • scientific and research work.

Teaching staff

Professors and associate professors of St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University and other leading Russian and foreign universities. To realize the program, the following visiting professors, employed by SPbPU, are regularly involved: Esa Vakkilainen (Lappeenranta University of Technology), Jari Backman (Lappeenranta University of Technology), Jörg Seume (Leibniz University of Hannover), Pietro Zunino (University of Genova), Harald Schwarz (Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg).

Leading teachers from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Zhejiang University, Eindhoven University of Technology, Czech Technical University in Prague, University of Madras are invited to teach specific parts of some professional courses and provide practical training.

Download a curriculum

Download Forms of Assessment, Exam Requirements and Rules, Acting in the FSAEI of HE “SPbPU”

Our partners

Partner Universities:

Lappeenranta University of TechnologyLappeenranta UniversityLappeenranta University of Technology of Technology, Finland. Strategic focus areas of this university are green energy, technology and the sustainable value creation, and the international role as a hub of Russian relations.

LeibnizLeibniz LeibnizUniversity of Hannover, Germany. This university is a member of nine leading Institutes of Technology in Germany.

Partners in Industry:

Газпром ТрансгазРосатомТГК-1Юго-Западная ТЭЦСиловые Машины


Admission procedure: The information about the admission procedure and the application form is available on the web-page APPLY

Deadline for the application: August, 15

Financial terms: Payment can be made in cash or by credit card

Tuition fees: 250 000 RUR/year.

The tuition fees cover study expenses, library services and the costs of supplementary material.

Registration fees: are available on the web-page

Accommodation: rooms for two persons in a two-roomed apartment with shared facilities and a kitchen in a comfortable students’ hostel.


Coordinator of the programmes (Energy Technology, Power Plant Engineering)
Alena Aleshina,
Telephone: +7 999 208 31 63


For more information, please, contact the Admission Office:

 Address: 195220 Russia, St. Petersburg, 28 Grazhdansky pr.

Institute of International Educational Programs

Admission office, room 228

Tel.: +7(812) 606-62-41

Fax: +7 (812) 534-13-65

Head of admission office for international students

Nataliia Bedriagina

Manager of Admission office for international students

Evgeniia Chesnokova