Degree programmes at St Petersburg University are compliant with the Bologna system and comprise three levels:
- Bachelor and Specialistprogrammes with 4 and 5-year periods of study respectively
- Master programmes – 2 years
- Doctoral programmes – 3 years
Every year SPbU offers about 400 degree programmes and over 800 non-degree programmes available in seven main areas:
- Physics, Mathematics and Computer Sciences
- Natural Sciences
- Economics and Management
- Social Sciences
- Art and Culture
- Physical Training and Sport
The language of instruction for the majority of programmes is Russian.
To apply for a degree programme all non-native Russian-speaking applicants must satisfy the following language requirements:
- for Bachelordegree and Specialist courses – level B1
- for Mastercourses – level B2
- for Doctoralcourses – levels B2/B3 depending on an area of studies
Besides degree programmes taught in Russian SPbU offers Master programmes taught in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.
In 2012 St Petersburg University became the first Russian university to launch its own diploma.
Non-degree programmes cover various areas of study and the most popular non-degree courses for international students are the Russian language courses at the SPbU Center of Additional Educational Programmes Russian as a Foreign Language
Today, the number of degree programmes offered by St Petersburg University is close to 400, and one quarter of them are interdisciplinary.
A St Petersburg University degree programme is interdisciplinary if it involves:
- two or more spheres of knowledge
- two or more professional spheres
Examples of successful interdisciplinary programmes that are particularly popular with applicants include:
- Hydrological Hazards: from Monitoring to Decision Making
- Physical Oceanography and Bioproductivity of Ocean and Seas (PHOBOS)
- Laws (with Advanced Study of the Chinese language and the Law of the PRC)
The interdisciplinary approach opens broad opportunities to create modern, unique and relevant academic programmes at various educational levels.