Soil Science

06.04.02In russian

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Programme description

The master’s programme "Soil Science" is designed to train high calibre competitive experts in soil and land resources to provide regional market services to: solve problems in the field of soil ecology, land use and environmental protection; and solve complex soil problems in the sphere of interaction between nature and society. The academic programme aims to cover a wide range of disciplines in the field of experimental work in laboratories, and field methods of investigation of soil regimes, which are widely used in practice in assessing the environmental state and planning measures for soil and environmental protection.

Main courses
  • Biotechnology in Agriculture
  • Biochemistry of Humus Formation
  • Marsh and Aquatic Soils
  • Mathematical Models in Soil Science and Agrochemistry
  • Methodological Principles of Modern Soil Science
  • Soil Ecological Monitoring
  • Soil and Land Resources of Russia
  • Theory of Soil Forming Process
  • Transformation of Toxic Compounds in Soils
  • Soil and Land Value
  • Digital Representation of Soils and Topsoil
  • Ecological Physics of Soils
  • Ecological Functions of Soil Organic Matter
  • Ecological and Agroecological Potential of Soils
Our advantages
  • The programme provides fundamental education in: Earth sciences (geology, geography, ecology); life sciences (biology); and soil science. Students also have an opportunity to work with the cutting-edge scientific equipment in laboratories and resource centres of the St Petersburg University Research Park.
  • Students carry out a variety of research projects in the field of modern soil science and related sciences. There are extensive contacts with academic institutions and other potential employers. Joint research projects are carried out with leading foreign universities and companies. There is an opportunity to be engaged in projects supported by grants from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research.
  • Students have summer field practice in various regions of Russia and the world. Practical training and internships take place at the bases of St Petersburg University and partner organisations: environmental organisations; the Belogorye Nature Reserve; the Nizhnesvirsky Nature Reserve; Agrophysical Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences; and the V.V. Dokuchaev Central Museum of Soil of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • All students take part in the organisation and holding of the international student conference ‘Dokuchaev Conference for Young Scientists’. Here, they test their research works; publish their papers in the conference digest; receive skills in public speaking, communication and discussion in the student scientific environment; and skills in organising large conferences.
  • During training, all students acquire skills and experience in laboratory, field and research work. Graduates of the programme are much-in-demand in research, environmental expertise, production and other organisations involved in: soil assessment; and determining the degree of environmental damage to soils and the environment to name just a few
Main areas of research
  • Genesis, mapping, geography and classification of soils
  • Humic substances of soils
  • Pollution of soils
  • Cadastral valuation of soils
  • Micromorphology of soils
  • Palaeopedology
  • Urban soils
  • Soil fertility theory
  • Physics of soils and subsoils
  • Soil chemistry
International relations
  • Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)
  • The National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico)
  • Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
  • The University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
  • Julius-Maximilians-Universität of Würzburg (Germany)
  • Universität Hamburg (Germany)
  • Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Germany)
  • Leipzig University (Germany)
  • Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • The University of Vechta (Germany)
  • The University of Turku (Finland)
  • The University of Helsinki (Finland)
Career opportunities

The graduates can work as soil scientists, soil ecologists, soil assessment experts, specialists in the field of land cadastre, soil meliorators.