SPbU Academic Degrees

St. Petersburg University was the first university in Russia to start conferring its own doctoral degrees: SPbU PhD and SPbU Doctor of Science.
SPbU's own doctoral degrees are conferred following a positive decision of a dissertation council created by SPbU for public defense of dissertations of those seeking an SPbU PhD or SPbU Doctor of Science degree.
Any person with a master's or specialist's degree is eligible to be an SPbU PhD degree seeker.  
Holders of a Candidate of Science degree or an SPbU PhD may seek an SPbU Doctor of Science degree.
The defense can be held  in either Russian or English. The dissertation defense is broadcast either online or offline via the SPbU website.
The decision on an SPbU academic degree conferring / non-conferring is made by the Rector following the dissertation council's findings as well as an analysis of additional reviews (critical notes) if there are any within a month after the defense.
The main results of the dissertation must be published sources included into academic citation indexes Web of Science or Scopus.
The degree subject areas approved by the SPbU Academic Council include:

  • Arts;
  • Asian and African Studies; 
  • Biology;
  • Earth Sciences;
  • International Relations;
  • Mathematics;
  • Philology;
  • Physics.

At present, there have been 13 successful SPbU PhD defenses.