Geophysics

05.04.01In russian

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Main academic courses

Core courses

  • Petrophysics
  • Geostatistics
  • Fundamentals of Signal Analysis and Processing
  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Geophysical Equipment
  • Geographical Information Systems in Geophysics
  • Foreign language
  • Scientific Management
  • Evolution of the Earth
  • Economics of Mineral Deposits

Special Courses in Seismic Prospecting Methods

  • Seismic Prospecting
  • Seismic Waves in Isotropic and Anisotropic Media
  • Design and Quality Evaluation of Seismic Prospecting
  • Seismic Data Processing
  • Seismic Wave Migration
  • Dynamic Analysis of Seismic Data
  • Geological Interpretation of Seismic Data

Special Courses in Electrical Prospecting

  • Geoelectricity
  • Magnetotelluric Sensing
  • Controlled Source Electromagnetic Sensing

Special Courses in Potential Exploration Methods

  • Potential Methods
  • Geological Interpretation of Potential Field Data

Applied Courses (aimed at solving specific geological and geographical problems)

  • Marine Geophysics
  • Aerogeophysics
  • Geophysical Well Logging
  • Mining Geophysics
  • Oil and Gas Geophysics
  • Engineering Geophysics
  • Integration of Geophysical Exploration Methods
Our advantages
  • This programme is aimed at providing in-depth theoretical and practical training in all main geophysical exploration methods to solve oil and gas and mining problems using state-of-the-art software (Petrel Introduction, Paradigm geophysical software, Oasis montaj, RadExPro).
  • Graduates of the programme acquire an advanced knowledge in electric engineering, programming (Matlab, Python), geographical information systems, and theory of signal analysis and processing.
  • Our students have access to the cutting-edge equipment of the University’s resource centres and laboratories.
  • The structure of our curriculum and each subject is clear-cut. This enables any student who used to major in disciplines like physics, maths and geology to develop a full understanding and an advanced knowledge of geophysical prospecting methods.
  • Our students can get work experience in the leading research and production organisations.
  • Special emphasis is given to training specialists for shelf development.
  • Advanced training in all major geophysical prospecting methods and the practical application of these methods to solve oil and gas and ore problems using advanced software in the oil and gas industry: Petrel Introduction, Paradigm geophysical software, Oasis montaj, RadExPro
  • Knowledge required for a specialist in: electrical engineering, programming (Matlab, Python), geographical information systems and signal processing theory Access to research equipment in the resource centres and laboratories of St Petersburg University
  • This programme, unlike similar programmes in other educational institutions, includes all the leading geophysical exploration methods: seismic prospecting; electrical prospecting; magnetic prospecting; and GIS. These methods are also combined to solve specific scientific production tasks.
International relations
  • Students can use the opportunity to take part in various international academic mobility programmes: Campus Europae, ERANET- MUNDUS, Finnish-Russian Cross-Border University (CBU), Finnish-Russian Student and Teacher Exchange Programme (FIRST). They can also take advantage of international scholarships and grants (POSCO Russia Fellowship, Fulbright, etc.). The Department of Geophysics initiated the existing cooperation agreements between St Petersburg University and the Sorbonne (Paris, France) and the Clausthal University of Technology (Germany).
  • Productive partnership relations have developed with universities and scientific institutions in Germany, Switzerland, France, the Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Great Britain, Canada, Japan, and Korea.
Main areas of research
  • Hydrocarbon prospecting
  • Solid mineral prospecting
  • Engineering site investigations
  • Field geophysical survey techniques
  • Geophysical data processing
  • Geological interpretation of geophysical data
  • Development of methods and algorithms for processing geophysical data
  • Fundamental research in geophysics
Practical training and career opportunities

Our graduates gain the capacity for

  • scientific research in academic institutions, research institutes, and higher educational establishments
  • research, development and production, for instance in oil producing companies
  • management in state ecological control bodies, and in research, development and production companies of the oil industry
  • project work in state and private project organisations
  • expert work in state organisations and businesses
  • academic work in establishments of higher, secondary and vocational education.

 Key positions

  • engineer
  • geophysicist
  • research fellow
  • university lecturer
  • party chief

Areas of expertise

  • doodlebugger
  • electrical surveyor
  • gravity scout
  • magnetic surveyor
  • reservoir geophysicist
  • geophysical engineer
  • seismic interpreter

Organisations where our graduates work

  • organisations within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation
  • organisations within the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation
  • organisations within the Russian Federation Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Response
  • organisations within the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation
  • Gazpromneft Science and Technology Center, LLC
  • Gazpromneft-Sakhalin, LLC
  • Rosneft-Shelf-Arctic, LLC
  • Rosneft Oil Company, PJSC
  • the companies of the holding Rosgeo, JSC
  • the companies of the holding Geotech, PJSC
  • subsidiary enterprises of ALROSA, PJSC; Severstal, PJSC; Polymetal International PLC
  • A.P. Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute (VSEGEI)
  • All-Russian Scientific and Research Institute "VNIIOkeangeologia"
  • Saint Petersburg Research and Survey Institute “Energoiziskanya”, JSC
  • group of companies Tellur
  • Marine Arctic Geological Expedition, PJSC
  • Science and Production Enterprise “Air and Marine Electronics”, JSC
  • Andreyev Acoustics Institute, JSC
  • organisations within the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • establishments of higher, secondary and vocational education
  • small enterprises involved in geological-engineering prospecting, e.g. Seismic Data Analysis Centre MSU, LLC; Split, LLC; Geofizpoisk, LLC
  • multinational corporations in the geophysical services sector including Petroleum Geo-Services; CGG; and Schlumberger.