National Research Nuclear University, MEPhI

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National Research Nuclear University, MEPhI

About the University

The history of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) began with the foundation in 1942 of the Moscow Mechanical Institute of Ammunition. The leading Russian nuclear university MEPhI was later established there and top Soviet scientists, including the head of the Soviet atomic project Igor Kurchatov, played a part in its development and formation. Six Nobel Prize winners have worked at MEPhI over the course of its history – Nikolay Basov, Andrei Sakharov, Nikolay Semenov, Igor Tamm, Ilya Frank and Pavel Cherenkov.

World-class scientific centres are long-standing foreign partners of the university: European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN, Switzerland), Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL, USA), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL, USA), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL, USA), Enrico Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab, USA), the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY, Germany), Institute of Astrophysics of the Max Planck Society (Germany), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF, Grenoble, France), the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER, France), the Academic Medical Centre (the Netherlands), the High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation (KEK, Japan), the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN, Italy) and others.


  • Nanomaterials & Nanotechnologies 
  • Radiation & Beam Technologies
  • Medical Physics & Nuclear Medicine
  • Superconductivity & Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion 
  • Ecology & Biophysics 
  • Information Security

Student Life

The university has a varied set of activities and clubs that the students can participate in such as the Student Research Society includes associations EcoMEPhI (ecological student community for those who are not indifferent to MEPhI activities in the direction of sustainable development) and Club for Intellectual Games. There is also a Student Media Centre that allows the students to be constantly engaged in media coverage of MEPhI student activities and promote the MEPhI brand among young people. Apart from it, the university also has several other clubs such as Dormitory Council, Good Deeds Service, Volunteering Centre, Student Brigades, Student Sport Club “Reactor” and so on to keep the entire learning experience more exciting, interactive and engaging for all the students.  

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