Pursuant to Clause 2, Part 1, Article 2 of Federal Law No. 148-FZ, NUST MISiS was entitled to award academic degrees on September 1, 2017. Such entitlement is intended to implement the mechanism of authorizing educational institutions of higher education and scientific organizations to independently award academic degrees.

PhD and doctoral degrees are awarded by the NUST MISiS Dissertation Board based on the opinion of the expert commission on defending degree-seeking dissertations resulting from the degree-seeking student’s defending his/her dissertation.

Academic degrees may be awarded only in respect of areas of research and fields of study covered by the nomenclature of degree-seeking areas of research approved by the order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. A specific list of areas of research and fields of study prepared in accordance with the above nomenclature, on which NUST MISiS may accept degree-seeking dissertations, is approved at the meeting of the NUST MISiS Academic Board.