Ecology and Nature Management

05.03.06In english and russian

Level of education Bachelor

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 4 years

Programme description
  • The bachelor's programme ‘Ecology and Nature Management’ provides knowledge about: the principles of rational use of natural resources; methods of reclamation of disturbed environmental components; and the basics of analysing and predicting the risk associated with natural and man-made disasters.
  • The programme is interdisciplinary. Students therefore receive theoretical and practical knowledge in: Earth sciences; sustainable nature management; geoecological monitoring; environmental geology; environmental management; regional geoecology; environmental safety; and sustainable development of regions to name just a few.
  • Graduates acquire the skills to: carry out research in the environmental state of natural systems and their components (atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, pedosphere, and biota); and design and develop systems of environmental safety and environmental management. They are capable of: solving issues in the field of environmental protection, geoecology and rational use of natural resources; and conducting environmental impact assessment and environmental audit.
  • The programme is designed to train experts in priority areas in the field of: geoecology; sustainable nature management; ecology and subsurface management; and environmental management. They will be able to take part in the control, audit and administrative activities of public-sector agencies and companies aimed at: environmental protection and rational nature management; protection of the geological environment and rational subsurface use; and ensuring environmental safety and sustainable development of regions.
Main courses
  • General Ecology
  • Environmental Law
  • Geoecological Monitoring
  • Social Environmental Science
  • Geoecology
  • Human Ecology
  • Assessment of Environmental Damage
  • Sustainable Development Indicators
  • Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services
  • Hazardous Natural Processes
  • Ecological Databases
  • Introduction to Environmental Regulation
  • Hydrobiology and Bioindication of Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Methods of Processing and Analysis of Field Research Data in Natural Resource Management
  • Assessment of Environmental Risk and Damage
  • Fundamentals of Ecological and Geographical Analysis and Modelling
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services
  • Radioecology 
  • Nature Use Management
Our advantages
  • The academic programme is designed to train specialists in ecology and environmental management – ecology is considered as the most important direction in the concept of the national security of the state – it is also the most important component of the Environmental Doctrine and the Fundamentals of Environmental Policy of the Russian Federation until 2030
  • Participation in expeditions throughout Russia; internships and training practices at St Petersburg University bases and partner organisations
  • Practical classes are held in the resource and educational centres of St Petersburg University, laboratories of partner universities, and research institutes
  • Students take part in conferences, seminars, symposia, including the annual Great Geographical Festival
  • A long-term partnership with the Russian Geographical Society and various Russian and international partner organisations
  • Availability of courses in English – graduates can continue their studies in master’s programmes with international participation in this field or take part in academic exchange programmes with foreign universities
International relations
  • University of Stavanger (Norway)
  • University of Helsinki (Finland)
  • Universität Hamburg (Germany)
  • La Salle University (France)
Career opportunities
  • Graduates of the programme will be ready to: carry out activities related to the environmental impact; and engage in control and audit activities. These include: the preparation of documentation for environmental assessment; various types of project analysis; and participation in environmental audits and consulting.
  • After mastering the programme, graduates are capable of: industrial monitoring of waste management; and planning and conducting environmental monitoring in various regions, including the Arctic.
  • Graduates can work with applied aspects of geoecology, perform laboratory analyses on cutting-edge equipment, and maintain design environmental documentation.
  • Graduates can also continue their studies in master's programmes at St Petersburg University or other universities.

State Accreditation Certificate No 2011 dated 16 June 2016.