Level of education: Master programme

Type of instruction: Full-time

Duration: 2 years

Language of instruction: English

Main academic courses

Basic module

  • 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.

Our advantages

  • 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.

Prospective Employers

  • '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)
  • Mosvodokanal
  • Russian Federal Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Safety
  • St Petersburg University

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