General and Applied Phonetics

45.03.02In english and russian

Level of education Bachelor

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 4 years

Programme description
  • The bachelor’s programme ‘General and Applied Phonetics’ is designed to train experts in speech communication, and analysis and automatic processing of spoken language
  • The programme is fundamental in terms of studying phonetics as a branch of linguistics. It also provides training in: higher mathematics; acoustics; programming; digital signal processing; statistics and probability theory; and modelling of speech processes (speech production and perception)
  • Students study: the phonemic structure of a language; syllabic division and syllable functions in the phonetic structure; the phonetic structure of a text; the basic concepts of phonology; how to distinguish the problems and research methods of theoretical, applied, general and particular phonetics; written and spoken forms of speech; literary and regional pronunciation variants; and the functions of intonation in a language
Main courses
  • General Phonetics
  • Intonation Theory
  • Phonetic Systems
  • Practical English and French (including intonation)
  • Statistics
  • Digital Processing of Speech Signals
  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Methods of Describing and Studying Intonational Phenomena
  • Theoretical Phonetics of English
  • Theoretical Phonetics of French
  • Digital Processing of Speech Signals
Our advantages
  • It is the only programme in Russia that includes the entire cycle of special linguistic, phonetic and mathematical disciplines compulsory for the European bachelor's degree in phonetics. It also provides: rigorous theoretical and practical training in English and French (according to the standard of language departments); perfect pronunciation; knowledge of Russian, ancient and foreign literature; translation skills in the field of phonetics and general linguistics; and skills in programming linguistic tasks.
  • For successful training on the academic programme, applicants must know English at the level not lower than B1+ CEFR.
International relations
  • University of Helsinki (Finland)
  • University of Jyväskylä (Finland)
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany)
  • Friedrich–Alexander University Erlangen–Nürnberg(Germany)
  • Brno University (the Czech Republic)
Practical training and career opportunities

Practices at

  • The Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkinskij Dom) of the Russian of Sciences


  • English / French teacher
  • English / French phonetics teacher
  • Research associate
  • Audio expert

Organisations where our graduates work

  • St Petersburg University
  • Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University
  • St Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences  North-Western Forensic Science Centre
  • Apple Inc.
  • Yandex
  • Speech Technology Centre