Level of education: Aspirantura programme

Type of instruction : Full-time

Duration: 3 years

Language of instruction: Russian


Main academic courses

  • Modern Electrical Exploration
  • Current Issues in the Wave Propagation Theory
  • Modern Status of Seismology
  • Current Issues in Rock Magnetism and Palaeo-magnetology
  • Supplementary Chapters of Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Supplementary Chapters of Inverse Problems of Atmosphere
  • Geophysics, Geophysical Methods of Prospecting Mineral Deposits
  • Physics of the Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
  • Modern Conceptions on the Structure of the Earth
  • Mathematical Modelling of Geophysical Processes in the Solution of Inverse Problems
  • Supplementary Chapters of Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Supplementary Chapters of Atmospheric Aerosols Physics


Resource opportunities for research

  • 6.9 million printed books and digital subscription in the M. Gorky Scientific Library of St Petersburg University;
  • Opportunities for international research exchange;
  • Opportunities for participation in international grants, conferences, and internships abroad at leading universities of the world;
  • Experimental studies are carried out using the unique equipment of the resource centres of St Petersburg University, and the research laboratories of University departments;
  • The computer cluster of St Petersburg University.


Our advantages

  • Specialists are trained by the Department of Earth Physics, which is one of the oldest departments of St Petersburg University. Since its establishment in 1923, the faculty and the team of geophysicists and researchers of the Department of Earth Physics have grown into the only training and scientific school of global geophysics in firstly the USSR and then Russia;
  • Training of specialists (students and doctoral students) and research activities are focused on integrated geophysical studies of the Earth as a planet as a whole. All of its spheres are studied, both internal ones, ranging from the earth’s core, and external ones from the ionosphere down to the outer spheres of the Sun. The research is carried out using the whole complex of geophysical methods: seismic, magnetic, electric, gravitational and electromagnetic methods. It was here that there were laid in the USSR such areas of geophysics as: palaeomagnetism; magnetotelluric studies; the physics of solar-terrestrial relations; the dynamic theory of seismic wave propagation; statistical methods for solving inverse geophysical problems; and the study of the Earth’s self-oscillations. The school of global geophysics has existed for at least four decades. Its main feature is to continue the tradition of constant scientific interaction between representatives of various specific scientific specialties both within the department and with colleagues in Russia and abroad.