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Level of education Bachelor

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 4 years

Programme description
  • The bachelor’s programme ‘Hydrometeorology’ makes it possible for students to master both general basic courses in geography and hydrometeorology, and obtain knowledge in a particular area. This approach forms a broad scientific and professional outlook, traditional for St Petersburg University. This enables graduates to succeed in various fields of activity.
  • The training process focuses on the practical aspects of hydrometeorology, thereby emphasising the particular importance of the issues that it solves both for the population and for the whole state. Among the issues studied are: weather and water forecasts; climate change and their impact on our lives; ice reconnaissance in the Arctic; and the safety of oil rigs on the shelf to name just a few.
  • The theoretical skills and knowledge gained are consolidated during practical training and internships held in Russia and abroad.
  • The programme is designed to train experts in hydrometeorology who have advanced skills in: making observations, analysing and summarising hydrometeorological data; and applying methods for calculating and forecasting the characteristics of the hydrometeorological regime. The programme provides all the necessary knowledge and experience to work in: the field; on ships and weather stations of the system of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet) and other ministries and departments; and relevant production and research institutions.
Main courses


  • Water Balance
  • Hydrostatics with the Fundamentals of Hydraulic Engineering
  • Hydrology of Land: Experimental Hydrology
  • Hydrochemistry of Inland Waters
  • Computer Technologies in Hydrology
  • Mathematical Modelling of River Flow
  • Applied Hydrology
  • Modelling of Matter Cycle in Water Ecosystems
  • River Runoff
  • Hydrodynamics with the Fundamentals of Hydraulic Engineering
  • Assessing the Environmental Condition, Quality and Self-Purification of Natural Waters
  • Applied Hydrology

Meteorology and Climatology

  • Agroclimatology
  • Aerosols in the Atmosphere
  • Dynamic Meteorology
  • Climatology
  • Climate of the World and Russia
  • Methods for Calculating the Spread of Pollution in Mobile Environments
  • Applied Climatology
  • Synoptic Meteorology
  • Theory of Climate
  • Physical Meteorology
  • Instrumentation and Methods of Remote Sensing of Environment
  • Statistical Methods in Meteorology and Climatology


  • Biology of Ocean
  • Hydrochemistry of Seas and Oceans
  • Methods and Tools of Oceanological Measurements
  • Dynamics of Ocean
  • Sea Currents
  • Fundamentals of Physical and Statistical Methods of Sea Forecasts
  • Tidal Phenomena in Ocean
  • Regional Oceanology
  • Sea Ice
  • Programming in Oceanography Tasks
  • Physical Properties of Sea Water
  • Introduction to Marine Turbulence
  • Fundamentals of Interaction in the Atmosphere-Sea Ice-Ocean System
  • Current Issues in Oceanography
Our advantages
  • Obtaining a profession highly demanded in the labour market
  • Participation in integrated expeditions throughout Russia (Baikal, Antarctica, Alaska, the Yamal Peninsula, the Sayan Mountains, Altai Krai, North Caucasus) and in sea expeditions from the North Pole to the Southern Ocean
  • Participation in conferences, seminars, symposia in Russia and abroad, including the annual Great Geographical Festival and events of the Russian Geographical Society
  • Participation of students in research projects and grants, including international ones
  • The possibility to acquire a large amount of applied skills
  • The possibility to master advanced research methods: mathematical modelling of hydrometeorological processes; application of GIS-technologies in hydrometeorology; and others
  • The study of methods for predicting catastrophic phenomena in nature: mudflows; hurricanes; floods; and others
International relations

Students can use the opportunity to take part in various student exchange programmes within the framework of international agreements of St Petersburg University and international academic mobility programmes.

  • The University of Oslo (Norway)
  • The University of Tromsø (Norway)
  • Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland)
Career opportunities


  • Oceanologists
  • Meteorologists
  • Climatologists
  • Meteorological engineers
  • Hydrologists
  • Hydrological engineers
  • Hydrochemists.

Organisations where our graduates work

  • Institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences and departmental research organisations in hydrology, meteorology, and oceanology
  • Commercial fishing and engineering and surveying companies
  • Research institutes and regional departments of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet)
  • Research institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Research institutes of the Federal Agency for Fishery
  • Organisations of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
  • Design institutes and organisations that provide work to: strengthen shores; and build ports, roads, power lines, sea channels, dams, offshore platforms and pipelines

State Accreditation Certificate No 2011 dated 16 June 2016