​About the profession

The field of activity of a specialist in the field of waste management is the protection of the environment and the population from the negative impact of production waste, improving the sanitary condition and appearance of cities, towns and other settlements. To this end, a specialist of the sixth or seventh qualification level in the field of waste management should monitor the activities in the field of waste management; to organize infrastructure for the environmentally friendly disposal and recycling of waste, be able to identify the causes and sources of emissions and discharges of harmful substances into the environment and the generation of solid waste, analyze the consequences and prepare proposals for addressing the causes and eliminate negative consequences, be able to develop methods for cleaning soils, surface and ground waters using microorganisms - destructors of industrial pollution.

Studying proccess

Today, the master is an erudite specialist who uses the methodology of scientific creativity, modern information technologies, prepared for research, consulting and analytical activities, and modern master's programs are focused on the development of the labor market and close cooperation with employers. The Master's degree in Integrated Solid Waste Management includes three modern areas of safe waste management - solid municipal waste management, hazardous waste management and rehabilitation of contaminated soils and industrial areas. The program includes the study of international experience in the field of efficient waste management, primarily the experience of Germany. The focus of the training modules is on processes and apparatus for the preparation and processing of waste, the impact of waste on the climate, the principles of organizing environmentally friendly low-waste production, biotechnology of environmental protection and the elimination of accumulated environmental damage. The main disciplines of the variable part of the curriculum ensure the formation of general professional and professional competencies of a specialist in the field of production and consumption waste management:

  • Solid Waste Management (SWM) and Climate Change 
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of SWM objects
  • Environmental Protection Biotechnology / Биотехнологии защиты окружающей среды
  • Regional & Municipal MSW Management  Systems
  • Nature Protection and Accumulated Environmental Damage (AED) Elimination Tools
  • "MSW Recycling and Utilization Technics / Технологии рециклинга и утилизации ТКО
  • Solid Waste Management (SWM) Regulation and Legislation
  • Hazardous Waste Management & Processing


To have the practical part of the program, students undergo practical training at state and private enterprises that are part of the industrial cluster of the waste processing industry - large production companies, the German company for the production of treatment equipment “HUBER TECHNOLOGIES”; Waste Paper Processors League, Moscow Waste Thermal Treatment Plant  No. 4, ECOTECHNOLOGIES Group, Voskresensky Mineral Fertilizer Plant, Municipal Waste Recycling Company in Togliatti POVTOR Group, MSW landfills. Contracts for practical training with scientific institutions were also concluded - Togliatti State University (TSU), LLC STM-TRADE (production of bipreparations), LLC NPP VOLNOVOD-7 (production of biological products), MUE Schelkovsky Vodokanal, Federal State Unitary Enterprise Kurchatov Institute (IREA) and others


As a result of Mastering the program, students acquire skills in the environmental design of waste management facilities, ensuring resource and energy conservation in waste management; municipal waste management and development of territorial waste management schemes, ways to eliminate accumulated environmental damage, the use of modern solid waste treatment technologies.

Graduates can work as experts in state environmental control bodies, environmentalists in the processing industry, private firms that manage, store or process waste.

Background information about the program:

Direction: 05.04.06 Ecology and Nature Management

Code: ОЭПмд-07а-л000-2.00

Level of education: Master

Language: English

Duration: 2 years

Full-time form of education

Free training opportunity: yes

Tuition: 296 thousand rubles per year for students of the CIS, 4233 US dollars or 3809 euros per year for students of foreign countries

Program Manager:

Head of the Department of Environmental Monitoring and Forecasting, Ph.D., Associate Professor Kharlamova Marianna Dmitrievna
Tel: +7 (495) 787-38-03, ext. 34-17
e-mail: kharlamova-md@rudn.ru