Main field of study: Ecology and Land Use



Unlike any other programs, the course offers insights into polar and marine ecosystems and climate change. During their practice modules, the students stand a chance to engage with expeditions on board of the leading German and Russian research vessels. Upon completion the students receive a double degree: Master degree of St. Petersburg University and Master of Sciences of the University of Hamburg. “Polar and marine research” is an only educational program in natural sciences at SPbU, accredited by ASIIN e.V.


The students are equipped with the best of a diverse range of opportunities for polar and marine research, locally, nationally and globally. They can pursue academic research in the top Russian and world’s research organizations in climate studies, oceanology, hydrology, biology, geology, paleography, geomorphology and polar geography.



  • Basic module
  • Module 1. Ocean basins, bottom sediments and climate change
  • Module 2. Oceanography of the oceans and  coastal waters
  • Module 3. Polar and marine ecosystems: Structure, functioning and vulnerability
  • Module 4. Natural resources
  • Module 5. Processes in coastal zones and  environment management
  • Module 6. Periglacial environment


Foreign partner-universities:

  • University of Hamburg, Germany
  • University of Bremen, Germany
  • University of Kiel, Germany
  • University of Potsdam, Germany
  • University of Rostock, Germany
  • Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany
  • GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
  • Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Germany


Further employment:

  • Arctic and Antarctic research institutes
  • VNIIOkeangeologia
  • University of Hamburg
  • GEOMAR, Germany
  • Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
  • P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • ОАО “Mosvodokanal”
  • Scientific and Engineering Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Safety
  • St. Petersburg University