Molecular Biology and Agrobiotechnology of Plants

06.04.01In russian

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Main academic courses
  • Seed Biotechnology and Fundamentals of Seed Science
  • Biotic Interactions in Plant Communities: Agro- and Biocenosis
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Genetics of Organelles
  • Genetics of Plant Development
  • Genetic Biodiversity of Plants, Gene Banks
  • Plant Genomics and Databases
  • Plant Genomes and Molecular Phylogeny
  • Plant Cell Biology with Practicum in Imaging of Cellular Processes
  • Medicinal Plants and Their Application in Biotechnology
  • Membrane and Long-distance Transport in Plants and Ionic Homeostasis
  • Plant Metabolomics with Practicum in Metabolomic Analysis
  • Metagenome of Soils in Russia with Practicum
  • Molecular Biology of Plants
  • Fundamentals of Agrochemistry and Mineral Nutrition of Plants
  • Principles of Plant Domestication and Selection
  • Fundamentals of Rational Use of Agrolandscape
  • Transcription and the RNA World
  • Phytohormones
  • Phytopathology
  • Epigenetic Processes in Plants
Our advantages
  • The programme ‘Molecular Biology and Agrobiotechnology of Plants’ is the first fundamental training programme in Russia for researchers capable of applying the cutting-edge conceptual approaches and the most advanced methods to solve a wide range of practical issues such as: ensuring the country's food security; improving methods of biological protection of agricultural plants; and biodiversity conservation.
  • Students receive in-depth knowledge in plant biology and special knowledge and practical skills in cell and molecular biological technologies, including genetic engineering and genome editing. This makes it possible for them to meet professionally the challenges in such a strategically important area for the country as the agricultural sphere. Students are able to carry out research on the basis of St Petersburg University or partner organisations, including foreign ones. The University provides unique opportunities for this: the cutting-edge equipment of the Research Park; the richest information resources; and communication with leading scientists from Russia and abroad. Graduates of the programme will be able to: successfully use biological systems in agricultural production; develop new technologies; improve existing plant varieties and microorganism strains; and create new varieties. Graduates of the programme are able to: plan, organise and carry out fundamental, applied and interdisciplinary studies using the most advanced methods; process and analyse obtained data using modern information and digital technologies, including working with databases (Big Data); speak English at a level sufficient to solve job tasks and for communication; and have teaching skills.
  • Graduates of the programme work in: research institutes; biotechnological companies; production associations and other organisations that provide consulting and other types of services for the agribusiness industry.