Level of education: Aspirantura programme

Type of instruction : Full-time

Duration: 3 years

Language of instruction: Russian

Main academic courses

  • Physical Geography, Biogeography, Soil Geography and Landscape Geochemistry
  • Geomorphology and Evolutionary Geography
  • Economic, Social, Political and Recreational Geography
  • Geoecology
  • Cartography
  • Geoinformatics
  • Land Hydrology, Water Resources, Hydrochemistry
  • Meteorology, Climatology, Agricultural Meteorology
  • Oceanography
  • Land Management, Cadastre and Monitoring of Lands

Resource opportunities for research

  • The Resource Centre for X-ray Diffraction Studies
  • The Resource Centre for Space and Geoinformation Technologies
  • The Environmental Safety Observatory
  • The Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis 
  • The Chemistry Educational Centre
  • The Centre for Geo-Environmental Research and Modelling (GEOMODEL)
  • The Academic and Research Laboratory for Geo-Environmental Monitoring
  • The Laboratory of Geomorphological and Palaeographical Studies of the Polar Regions and the World Ocean

Our advantages

  • The balance between broad fundamental geographical education and an individual approach to each student;
  • The interaction with leading experts of research centres of St Petersburg, Russia and abroad;
  • Extensive travel opportunities to the regions of the Russian Federation and the CIS and other countries. This includes participation in research expeditions, such as international polar expeditions of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute. Students of the programme take part in comprehensive studies of the Lena River delta, the Taymyr Peninsula and the Solovetsky Islands in order to restore the palaeogeographical conditions of the past and forecast the future development of the natural environment of the Russian Arctic;
  • Free access to up-to-date scientific and technical data, including publications of leading international scientific publishers, provided by the copious information resources of St Petersburg University. This makes it possible for students to use their time to the utmost for self-study and prepare high-level graduation projects;
  • In the context of the contemporary market, the opportunity to master the profession that is in demand in the labour market. They can also hold managerial positions in the future in business structures, government bodies, engineering and research organisations involved in solving the problems of territorial management and development, environmental management, environmental monitoring, environmental management and audit;
  • Mastering advanced research techniques in the laboratories and resource centres of the St Petersburg University Research Park;
  • Proficiency in professional English and the ability to solve problems of the territorial organisation of society, the interaction of nature and man, regional forecasting and design based on environmental and geographical approaches. This makes it possible for graduates to compete successfully in the international labour market;
  • Active participation in conferences, seminars and symposia;
  • Participation in research and project activities supported by Russian and international grants and scholarships, and publication of research findings in leading Russian and international journals;
  • Long-term partnership with the Russian Geographical Society.