Level of education: Master programme

Type of instruction: Full-time

Duration: 2 years

Language of instruction: Russian

Main academic courses

Core courses

  • Petrophysics
  • Geostatistics
  • Fundamentals of Signal Analysis and Processing
  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Geophysical Equipment
  • Geographical Information Systems in Geophysics
  • Foreign language
  • Scientific Management
  • Evolution of the Earth
  • Economics of Mineral Deposits

Special Courses in Seismic Prospecting Methods

  • Seismic Prospecting
  • Seismic Waves in Isotropic and Anisotropic Media
  • Design and Quality Evaluation of Seismic Prospecting
  • Seismic Data Processing
  • Seismic Wave Migration
  • Dynamic Analysis of Seismic Data
  • Geological Interpretation of Seismic Data

Special Courses in Electrical Prospecting

  • Geoelectricity
  • Magnetotelluric Sensing
  • Controlled Source Electromagnetic Sensing

Special Courses in Potential Exploration Methods

  • Potential Methods
  • Geological Interpretation of Potential Field Data

Applied Courses (aimed at solving specific geological and geographical problems)

  • Marine Geophysics
  • Aerogeophysics
  • Geophysical Well Logging
  • Mining Geophysics
  • Oil and Gas Geophysics
  • Engineering Geophysics
  • Integration of Geophysical Exploration Methods

Our advantages


  • This programme is aimed at providing in-depth theoretical and practical training in all main geophysical exploration methods to solve oil and gas and mining problems using state-of-the-art software (Petrel Introduction, Paradigm geophysical software, Oasis montaj, RadExPro).
  • Graduates of the programme acquire an advanced knowledge in electric engineering, programming (Matlab, Python), geographical information systems, and theory of signal analysis and processing.
  • Our students have access to the cutting-edge equipment of the University’s resource centres and laboratories.
  • The structure of our curriculum and each subject is clear-cut. This enables any student who used to major in disciplines like physics, maths and geology to develop a full understanding and an advanced knowledge of geophysical prospecting methods.
  • Our students can get work experience in the leading research and production organisations.
  • Special emphasis is given to training specialists for shelf development.

Practical training and career opportunities

Our graduates gain the capacity for

  • scientific research in academic institutions, research institutes, and higher educational establishments
  • research, development and production, for instance in oil producing companies
  • management in state ecological control bodies, and in research, development and production companies of the oil industry
  • project work in state and private project organisations
  • expert work in state organisations and businesses
  • academic work in establishments of higher, secondary and vocational education.

 Key positions

  • engineer
  • geophysicist
  • research fellow
  • university lecturer
  • party chief

Areas of expertise

  • doodlebugger
  • electrical surveyor
  • gravity scout
  • magnetic surveyor
  • reservoir geophysicist
  • geophysical engineer
  • seismic interpreter

Organisations where our graduates work

  • organisations within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation
  • organisations within the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation
  • organisations within the Russian Federation Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Response
  • organisations within the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation
  • Gazpromneft Science and Technology Center, LLC
  • Gazpromneft-Sakhalin, LLC
  • Rosneft-Shelf-Arctic, LLC
  • Rosneft Oil Company, PJSC
  • the companies of the holding Rosgeo, JSC
  • the companies of the holding Geotech, PJSC
  • subsidiary enterprises of ALROSA, PJSC; Severstal, PJSC; Polymetal International PLC
  • A.P. Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute (VSEGEI)
  • All-Russian Scientific and Research Institute "VNIIOkeangeologia"
  • Saint Petersburg Research and Survey Institute “Energoiziskanya”, JSC
  • group of companies Tellur
  • Marine Arctic Geological Expedition, PJSC
  • Science and Production Enterprise “Air and Marine Electronics”, JSC
  • Andreyev Acoustics Institute, JSC
  • organisations within the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • establishments of higher, secondary and vocational education
  • small enterprises involved in geological-engineering prospecting, e.g. Seismic Data Analysis Centre MSU, LLC; Split, LLC; Geofizpoisk, LLC
  • multinational corporations in the geophysical services sector including Petroleum Geo-Services; CGG; and Schlumberger.

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