Level of education: Aspirantura programme

Type of instruction : Full-time

Duration: 4 years

Language of instruction: Russian

Main academic courses

  • Methods of Mathematical Modelling
  • Protection and Use of Soils in Modern Law
  • Reference Database of Soil Resources
  • Humic Substances in the Biosphere
  • Evolution of Soils and Landscapes in the Pleistocene and Holocene
  • Soil Science

Resource opportunities for research

  • The analytical 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)
  • Teaching and Research Laboratory of Soil Biochemistry
  • Teaching and Research Laboratory of Soil Geography and Genesis

Our advantages

  • The balance between broad fundamental natural science 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 natural and anthropogenically disturbed soils, soils of archaeological sites and palaeosols. The aim is to restore the palaeoclimatic settings of the past and forecast the future development of the natural environment;
  • 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, including annual Dokuchayev's youth readings with the publication of reports in the periodical "Materials for the Study of Russian soil”;
  • 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.