Level of education: Master programme
Type of instruction: Full-time
Duration: 2 years
Language of instruction: English
Main academic courses
- Interpersonal communication skills
- History of polar research
- Introduction into the use of academic information online
- Introduction into GIS, interpersonal communication skills, scientific research quality standards.
- Field trainings, conference presentations (POMOR conference)
Module 1. Ocean basins, ocean floor sediments and climate change.
- Marine deposits and sedimentation in the polar regions.
- Methods of marine georesearch.
- Methods of sea floor mapping.
- Ocean basins: morphology, tectonics and dynamics.
- Marine geotechnologies
Module 2. Oceanography of the high seas and coastal waters.
- The basics of physical oceanography.
- Ocean waves.
- Ocean currents.
- Sea currents.
- Coastal oceanography.
- Ocean-atmosphere interaction.
- Oceanographic observation and analysis.
Module 3. Polar and marine ecosystems: structure, functioning and vulnerability.
- Biodiversity of marine and polar ecosystems
- Biological oceanography of pelagic ecosystems: the basics, examples, development prospects modelling.
- Biology and ecology of the benthos of polar shelf seas and oceans.
- Introduction into polar ecology and marine ice ecology.
- Ecological rationing of impact on the ecosystems.
- Biology and geoecology of polar regions
- Introduction into ecosystem modelling.
- Geoecology of the arctic and shelf seas, recycling of marine resources in the arctic regions.
Module 4. Natural resources.
- Economic and social geography of the arctic region.
- Biological resources of the arctic region.
- Mineral resources.
- Hydrocarbon resources.
- Processing and analysis of geophysical data.
Module 5. Coastal area processes and natural environment management.
- Applied geostatistcs
- Eutrofication, monitoring, assessment of coastal areas.
- Marine Environmental Law.
- Quantitative modelling of coastal processes.
- Current approaches to natural environment management.
- Aboriginal population and industrial development of the arctic region: impact assessment and sustainable development strategies.
- Information systems of water resources management in the arctic and subarctic regions.
- Decision-making tools and forecasting.
Module 6. Periglacial natural environment.
- Periglacial natural systems.
- Glaciers and glacial cover.
- Cryogenic processes, cryosels, geochemical cycle in the polar regions.
- Periglacial water bodies and river runoff.
- Major types of anthropogenic impact on the water bodies of the polar land.
- Graduates receive two certificates: a Master of Sciences degree certificate of St Petersburg University; and a Master of Sciences degree certificate of the University of Hamburg.
- Complex study of the polar and marine ecosystems and climate change.
- Expedition training on the board of the leading German and Russian research vessels.
- The programme is accredited by the international agency ACIN e. V.
Practical training and career opportunities
Students obtain a highly-demanded degree in polar and marine studies. Their further career opportunities may include a job in the leading scientific centres in Russia and abroad specialising in: climatology, oceanology, hydrology, biology, geology, paleogeography, geomorphology and geography of the polar regions.
- 'Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute' State Research Centre
- 'Oceanology' Research Institute
- the University of Hamburg
- GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany
- Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Germany)
- P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology (Russian Academy of Sciences)
- Russian Federal Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Safety
- St Petersburg University
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