Level of education: Aspirantura programme

Type of instruction : Full-time

Duration: 3 years

Language of instruction: Russian

Main academic courses

  • Hydrogeology
  • Geology, Prospecting and Exploration of Solid Minerals, Minerageny
  • Geotectonics and Geodynamics
  • Geophysics, Geophysical Methods of Prospecting Mineral Deposits
  • Geochemistry, Geochemical Methods of Prospecting Mineral Deposits
  • Geoecology (Geological and Mineralogical Sciences*)
  • Engineering Geology, Permafrost Studies, and Pedology
  • Lithology
  • Mineralogy, Crystallography
  • General and Regional Geology
  • Palaeontology and Stratigraphy
  • Petrology, Volcanology

Resource opportunities for research

The resource centres of the St Petersburg University Research Park

  • The Centre for X-ray Diffraction Studies
  • The Centre for Geo-Environmental Research and Modelling (GEOMODEL)
  • The Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis 
  • The Environmental Safety Observatory
  • The Chemical Analysis and Materials Research Centre

Our advantages

  • The balance between broad fundamental geographical education and an individual approach to each student;
  • The interaction with leading experts of the research centres of St Petersburg, Russia and abroad;
  • 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 and dissertations;
  • Extensive opportunities for participating in research expeditions to the regions of the Russian Federation and the world;
  • Mastering advanced research techniques in the laboratories and resource centres of the St Petersburg University Research Park;
  • Active participation in conferences, seminars, and symposia held in Russia and abroad;
  • Proficiency in professional English; and the ability to solve problems of prospecting, exploration and production of mineral deposits, and to set and solve research problems in geology – these skills make it possible for graduates to compete successfully in the international labour market;
  • 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.