Level of education: Master programme

Type of instruction: Full-time

Duration: 2 years

Language of instruction: Russian


Main academic courses

  • Speech Technology
  • Automated Processing and Interpretation of Speech Signals
  • Automatic Synthesis of Speech
  • Declarative and Scripting Programming Languages
  • Human Identification by Voice
  • Sound Systems Transfer
  • History of Phonetic Research
  • Methods of Describing and Studying Intonational Phenomena
  • General Phonetics
  • Semiotics
  • Phonosemantics
  • Phonetics and Verbal Communication
  • Automatic Transcription
  • Acoustic Analysis of Speech Signals
  • Historical Phonetics of Germanic/Romance Languages
  • Methods of Teaching Foreign Language Phonetics
  • Regional and National Varieties of English/French
  • Semiotics
  • Statistical Processing of Phonetic Data
  • Russian Stylistics
  • English/French Phonostylistics


  • Speech Technology
  • Phonetics and Verbal Communication

Our advantages

‘Speech Technology’

  • The programme trains specialists in the promising field of analysis and automatic processing of oral speech;
  • This is one of the few scientific and applied areas where Russian specialists not only meet international requirements but often advance them;
  • In similar master's degree programmes in Europe and the USA, graduates also obtain: programming skills, knowledge of statistical processing, modelling and automatic interpretation of the speech signal. However, in addition St Petersburg University graduates obtain a comprehensive linguistic education.

‘Phonetics and Speech Communication’

  • The programme trains specialists in the field of phonetic analysis and processing of oral speech. It also trains teachers about foreign language phonetics including Russian as a foreign language. The St Petersburg phonological school has existed for more than 100 years. It has always held and continues to occupy the leading positions in the world phonetic science;
  • In similar master's degree programmes in Europe and the USA, graduates also obtain knowledge of the phonetic system of the native language. However, in addition St Petersburg University graduates obtain: some variants of English and French; basics of language interaction manifested in an accent; and features of different speech types and styles.

International relations

  • The University of Helsinki, the University of Jyväskylä (Finland)
  • The University of Munich, Friedrich–Alexander University Erlangen–Nürnberg (Germany)
  • Masaryk University (the Czech Republic)

Main areas of research

  • Acoustic speech processing
  • Phonetic features of vocal speech
  • Reflection in speech of physiological and emotional states, including hidden intentions
  • Speech intonation
  • Speech recognition and synthesis
  • Phonetic systems of different languages, language transfer



  • English and French teachers
  • Teachers of phonetics of English, French, and Russian as a foreign language
  • Research associates in public and private institutions
  • Audio experts

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