Level of education: Aspirantura programme

Type of instruction : Full-time

Duration: 3 years

Language of instruction: English and Russian

Main academic courses

  • Foreign Language
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Key Issues in Contemporary Art Studies
  • Art History. Seminar
  • Historiography. Practicum
  • Academic Writing
  • Editorship, Publishing and Electronic Products in the Historical Sciences
  • Teaching Art History and World Artistic Culture at Higher Education Institutions
  • Principal Issues in Old Russian Art Studies
  • Key Issues in the Development of the Western European Art of the 17th Century
  • Russian National Identity in the 18th Century
  • Principal Issues in Studies of the Russian Art of the 19th-20th Century

Resource opportunities for research

  • Access to the collections of the State Russian Museum
  • Access to the collections of the State Hermitage
  • Access to digitised databases from the Boris N. Yeltsin Presidential Library
  • Access to a wide range of professional electronic databases included in the St Petersburg University subscription (including academic national and foreign journals)

Our advantages

  • Building up a comprehensive view of the main stages and general trends in the development of national and foreign art, as well as a range of issues relevant to world science related to their future professional activity;
  • A unique research environment – partnership with leading museums of St Petersburg: the State Hermitage Museum, the Russian Museum, the Peterhof State Museum Reserve, the State Museum-Preserve "Tsarskoye Selo", the State Museum "Pavlovsk"; archives and libraries. Post-graduate students have the opportunity to work with the collections and holdings of major museums, libraries and archives;
  • Participation in research projects: students acquire skills of independent research;
  • Participation in scientific schools for young researchers;
  • Academic mobility: participation in academic exchange programmes with leading world universities, and in the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union;
  • The opportunity to get nominal scholarships. Best post-graduate students get respected scholarships and awards