Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

MSc-program on major 38.04.01 “Economics”

Objectives of the program (competence)

As a result of the master’s course, a graduate must possess the following competencies:

  1. a) General cultural:
  • ability to abstract thinking, analysis, synthesis (GC -1);
  • ability to act in non-standard situations, to bear social and ethical responsibility for addressing the taken decisions (GC-2);
  • readiness for self-development, self-realization, use of creative potential (GC-3).


  1. b) General professional competences:
  • readiness for communication in oral and written forms in Russian and foreign languages for solving problems of professional activity (GPC-1);
  • ability to lead the team in their professional activities, tolerantly perceive social, ethnical, confessional and cultural differences (GPC-2);
  • ability to make organizational and managerial decisions (OPK-3). A graduate who has completed the master’s program must possess professional competencies corresponding to the type (types) of professional activity to which (which) the master’s program is oriented.
  1. c) professional competences:

Research activities

  • the ability to generalize and critically evaluate the results obtained by domestic and foreign researchers, identify perspective directions, develop a research program (PC-1);
  • ability to justify the relevance, theoretical and practical significance of the chosen topic of scientific research (PC-2);
  • ability to conduct independent research in accordance with the developed program (PC-3);
  • ability to present the results of the study to the scientific community in the form of an article or report (PC-4);

project and economic activities:

  • ability to independently prepare assignments and develop design solutions, taking into account the uncertainty factor, to develop relevant methodological and regulatory documents, as well as proposals and measures for the implementation of developed projects and programs (PC-5);
  • the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of projects, taking into account the uncertainty factor (PC-6);
  • ability to develop strategies for the behavior of economic agents on various markets (PC-7);

analytical activity

  • the ability to prepare analytical materials for evaluating measures in the field of economic policy and making strategic decisions at the micro and macro level (PC-8);
  • ability to analyze and use various sources of information for carrying out economic calculations (PC-9);
  • ability to make a forecast of main socio-economic indicators of the enterprise, industry, region and the economy as a whole (PC-10);

Organizational and management activities

  • ability to manage economic services and departments in enterprises and organizations of various forms of ownership, in state and municipal authorities (PC-11);
  • ability to develop options for management decisions and justify their choice based on criteria of socio-economic efficiency (PC-12);
  • the ability to create models that allow to research and optimize the descriptions of food production, improve the quality of products and services (PC-15);
  • the ability to participate in the development of marketing strategies of the region, to plan and implement activities aimed at their realization (PC-16);
  • willingness for respectful and careful attitude to the historical heritage and cultural traditions of the peoples of Russia (PC-17);
  • ability to develop a strategy for the development of tourism activities at the federal, regional, municipal levels and the corresponding levels of projects (PC-18).

Content of the program

The labor intensiveness of the development of MPEP under the program “Economy” focused on “Sustainable agriculture and development of rural areas” – 120 credit units for the entire period of study in accordance with the Educational Standard of higher education programme on this direction and includes all types of classroom, independent work and research work of students and the time allotted for the quality control of mastering by the graduate student.


The structure of the master program includes the obligatory part (basic) and the part formed by the participants of educational relations, i.e. optional (variable). It provides the opportunity to implement the Master’s program 38.04.01 “Economics”.

Master’s program consists of the following blocks:

Block 1 “Disciplines (modules)”, which includes disciplines (modules) relating to the basic part of the program, and disciplines (modules) relating to its optional / variable part.

Block 2 “Practices, including research work (RW)”, which fully applies to the optional / variable part of the program.

Block 3 “Final State Certification”, which fully relates to the basic part of the program and ends with the assignment of qualifications specified in the list of specialties and areas of higher education, approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation

The basic part of the B1 (B1.B) provides the mandatory study of the following disciplines (State Educational Standard):

B1.B.1. “The concept of sustainable development”

B1.B.2 “Legal basis for sustainable development of rural areas”

B1.B.3 “Rural economy”

B1.B.4. “Institutional economy”

B1.B.5. “Organic Agriculture”


The variable part (B1.V) has a labor intensity of 48 c. u.

The compulsory disciplines of the variable part include:

B1.V.OD.1 “Regional Economics and Management”

B1.V. OD.2 “Social policy and rural development”

B1.V.OD.3. “Management and conservation of biological resources”

B1.V.OD.4. “Management accounting and financial control in the agricultural sector”

B1.V.OD.5. “Environmental economics”

B1.V.OD.6 “Project Management”

B1.V.OD.7. “Theory and Mechanisms of State Municipal Management”

B1.V.OD.8 “Human capital of rural areas”

B1.V.OD.9. “Socio-economic analysis”


Disciplines for choice B1.V.DV

B1.V.DV.1. “Agrotourism”, “Natural and cultural potential of rural areas”

B1.V.DV.2. “Marketing of environmental and regional products”, “Agribusiness and entrepreneurship”

B1.V.DV.3. “Landscape Planning”, “Bioeconomy”

B1.V.DV.4. “Business communications and organization of the negotiation process”, “Information and consulting services in the agricultural sector”

B1.V.DV.5. “Land and property relations”, “Cooperation and integration in agriculture”

The optional / variable (profile) part gives an opportunity for the expansion and (or) improving of knowledge and skills, determined by the content of the basic (mandatory) disciplines (modules), allows learners to gain in improved knowledge and skills for successful professional activity and / or continue professional education in the magistracy.

Unit 2 “Practices, including research work (RW)” includes training and production, including undergraduate, practice –

B.2.U. Educational practice

Types of educational practice:

practice in obtaining primary professional skills.

Ways of conducting educational practice:


B.2. Research work (R & D)

B2.N.1. Scientific-research practicum.

B2.P. Internship

Types of field practices:

Practice in obtaining professional skills and professional experience, including:

B2.P.1. Production practice (technological);

B2.P.2.Pre-degree practice

Pre-degree practice is conductedto perform final qualifying work and is mandatory.

Training and (or) manufacturingpractice can be conducted in the structural units of the organization.

For persons with disabilities, the choice of practice sites should take into account the state of health and accessibility requirements.

Block 3 “Final state certification” includes the defense of final qualification work, including defense procedure.

Professional and practical experience (practice-oriented training)

The practice-oriented approach to studies inmaster’s course 38.04.01 “Economy” orientation (profile) “Sustainable agriculture and development of rural areas” based on the following principles:

  • project approach, which is implemented through work in groups;
  • focus on the acquisition of practical skills by the students during practical training;
  • use of real case studies, their multidimensional solution and analysis of the success of the work accomplished.

Obtaining truly effective educational outcomes in this field of activity is achieved by theadequate ratio of practice and theory and their creative combination in the educational process. In accordance with their life goals, undergraduates through the preparation of individual curricula themselves form a set of special skills and competencies proposed for development in the framework of the Program.

The Master program has a network character in nature, since it was developed jointly and is identical in three Russian universities (Michurinsk State Agrarian University, Omsk State Agrarian University named after P.A. Stolypin, Buryat State Agricultural Academy named after V. R. Filippov). This is the basis of the network of intercollegiate interaction in the course of conducting classes that have practice-oriented nature, the development of academic mobility of students between Russian universities, as well as interaction with employers during the course of manufacturing practice.

The advantages of the Program from the perspective of practice-orientation include the following:

  • a large share of practical classes in various forms of their conduct: workshops, organization of practices and internships on a wide range of issues and areas, including at enterprises of the real sector of the economy,
  • holding open lectures and master classes by specialist-practitioners who have achieved great professional heights in this field of activity;
  • a set of disciplines aimed at the formation of special and professional competencies, which is determined by analyzing the needs of employers and the expectations of the labor market in this area;
  • use of online technologies and the inclusion of online courses in the curriculum;
  • the possibility of teaching subjects in a foreign language;
  • networking with leading domestic and foreign educational centers specializing in the study of sustainable rural development.
  • practical orientation of studying process, applied scientific research with expert developments.

In accordance with the Federal State Educational Standards of Higher Education of the magistracy in the direction of training 38.04.01 “Economics” subdivision “Sustainable agriculture and development of rural areas” practice is a mandatory section of the main educational master programme. It is a type of training that is directly focused on the professional and practical training of students.

The implementation of this educational program provides:

  • educational practice on the acquisition of primary skills;
  • manufacturing practice in obtaining professional skills and professional experience (including manufacturing (technological) practice, pre-degree practice) practice.

Places of practical training in Michurinsk State Agrarian University:


Organization Date of signing Period of validity
Administration of Petrovsky district of Tambov region Treaty of  14.05.2018 y. 5 years with extension
Agricultural Production Cooperative “Rodina”, v. KhmelevoeMichurinsk district , Tambov region Treaty of  08.06.2018 y. 5 years with extension
LLC “Center for Information Technologies” (LLC CIT) Tambov region, Michurinsk Treaty of  04.06.2018 y. 5 years with extension
SP “Martynov A.N.”, Tambov region, Michurinsk Treatyof 06.06.2018 y. 5 yearswithextension
MBEI «Comprehensiveschool № 2»Michurinsk, Tambov region Treaty of  05.06.2018 y. 5 years with extension
MMC «Teploservis», Tambov region, Michurinsk Treaty of  05.06.2018 y. 5 years with extension
SP «Krizhko A.Y.» Voronezhregion, Voronezh Treatyof 04.06.2018 y. 5 yearswithextension
LLC «Bogoroditskiyalyans»,  Bogoroditskiydistrict of theTula region Treatyof 01.04. 2014 y. 5 years with extension


The total number of training hours devoted to practice-oriented classes: seminars, laboratory, master classes, online courses, practice is at least 75% of the total Master’s program.

Representatives of employers from organizations with which cooperation agreements have been concluded conduct practical classes in an interactive form in Michurinsky State Agrarian University:

– module “Project Management” – Gorlov K.N. – Director of the Center for Information Technologies (LLC CIT);

– module “Cooperation and integration in agriculture” – Y. M. Voronin – Head of the Agricultural Production Cooperative “Rodina”, v. KhmelevoeMichurinsk district , Tambov region;

– module “Business communications and organization of the negotiation process” Grechushkina S. Y. Deputy director of MBEI “Comprehensiveschool № 2 of the city of Michurinsk” on educational work.

The practice-oriented approach implemented by the Program will enable students to find an application of their knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • economic, financial, marketing and analytical services of firms in various industries and forms of property;
  • state and municipal authorities;
  • academic and departmental research organizations;
  • professional educational organizations, educational organizations of higher education, additional professional education.

Teaching methods

The master programme curriculum is designed in a unique way and includes disciplines that create a solid foundation for practice-oriented training and the use of student-centered learning methods. Students develop skills in synthesis, critical analysis and thinking, and receive vocational training in the most relevant areas for their academic and professional development. The following educational methods are used in classes: lecture-dispute, problem lecture, quizzes, business games, scenarios and case studies, brainstorming, discussion, round table, project tasks, and group discussions. Within the modules, there are opportunities for you to direct your studies in areas of particular interest; that is particularly relevant for your choice of research project or placement.


Whilelearning in the master’s program, the following assessment methods are used: exam, self-study control. During intermediate certification, the level of development of the academic discipline and the degree of formation of competence are determined by the marks “excellent”, “good”, “satisfactory” and “unsatisfactory”. The student is admitted to the exam in the discipline in the case of the fulfillment of the training program in the discipline: tasks of ongoing monitoring, in the distance form of training – completed and credited test work.

The examinationis carried out orally, the content of each of which consists of two theoretical questions and a competence-oriented task related to practical issues of discipline. The examiner has the right to ask students additional questions. The basis for definition of evaluation is the level of students’ mastery of the material provided for in the work program of the discipline.


The standard period for the development of the master programme, in full-time education, including holidays, provided after passing the state final attestation, regardless of the educational technology used, is 2 years. The scope of the master’s program is 120 credit units, regardless of the form of training.

For applicants

Reception of applications: from June 25 to August 10 of 2019

Foreign language testing and comprehensive oral exam in the subjects:

Enterprise economy



Investment activity of the enterprise

Contacts for applicants of the SARUD Master Course Program “Sustainable Development of Rural Areas”: Olga Antsiferova, Director of the Institute of Economics and Management, Doctor of Economics

Michurinsk State Agrarian University

Tambov region, Michurinsk, st.Internationalnayah. 101

Tel .: 8-47545-9-45-11


Admissions Office: 8-47575-9-45-45

Additional information and contacts:

Career prospects

The programis aimedat addressing the problems of rural development, taking into account the best practices of the EU and Russian regions, the use of modern methods of land use planning and assessment of agro-ecosystems, as well as the preservation of environmental quality, socio-cultural and natural resources. After graduating from the SARUD program, experts in sustainable agriculture and development of rural areas will be able to independently apply rural development concepts to the specific local conditions.

Graduates of the program may become employees of organizations of any form of ownership, to act as researchers and teaching staff.

Types of professional activity for which graduates of the master course program are preparing:

  • research;
  • project-economic;
  • analytical;
  • organizational and managerial;

Specific types of professional activity for which master students are mainly prepared are determined by the higher education institution together with non-academic stakeholders of the educational process.

Tasks of the graduate’s professional activity

The Master of Economics should be prepared to perform the following types and tasks of professional activity:

  1. a) research activity
  • development of work plans , research and development programs, preparation of assignments for groups and individual performers;
  • development of research tools, analysis of their results;
  • preparation of data for the compilation of reviews, reports and scientific publications;
  • collection, processing, analysis and systematization of information on the research topic, the choice of methods and means of solving objectives of the research, the choice of methods and means of solving research problems;
  • organization and conduct of research, including statistical study and surveys;
  • development of theoretical and econometric models of the researched processes, phenomena and objects related to the sphere of professional activity, assessment and interpretation of the results obtained;
  1. b) project-economic activity
  • preparation of tasks and development of design solutions, taking into account the uncertainty factor;
  • preparation of tasks and development of methodological and regulatory documents, as well as proposals and measures for the implementation of developed projects and programs;
  • preparation of tasks and development of a system of socio-economic indicators of economic entities;
  • compilation of economic sections of plans for enterprises and organizations of various forms of ownership;
  • development of strategies for the behavior of economic agents in various markets;
  1. c) analytical activity
  • development and argumentation of socio-economic indicators characterizing the activities of economic entities, and methods for their calculation;
  • search, analysis and evaluation of the informationinformation for carrying out economic calculations;
  • assessing the effectiveness of projects, taking into account the uncertainty factor;
  • analysis of existing forms of management organization; development and justification of proposals for their improvement;
  • forecasting the dynamics of the main socio-economic indicators of the enterprise, industry, region and the economy as a whole;
  1. d) organizational and management activities
  • organization of creative teams for solving economic and social tasks and their management;
  • development of strategies for the development and operation of enterprises, organizations and their individual units;
  • management of economic services and departments of enterprises and organizations of different forms of ownership, state and municipal authorities.

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