Level of education: Bachelor programmes

Type of instruction: Full-time

Duration: 4 years

Language of instruction: English, Russian 


Main academic courses

  • Arctic Soils and their Resistance to Anthropogenic Influence
  • Geography of Soils
  • Soil and Environmental Surveys
  • Reclamation and Remediation of Soils
  • Soil Metagenomics
  • General Soil Science
  • Fundamentals of Land Planning and Land Use Management
  • Sanitary Soil Science
  • Engineering Soil Science
  • Soil Mapping
  • Applied Soil Design
  • Plant Industry
  • Soil Physics
  • Soil Chemistry

Our advantages

  • Acquiring basic education in the field of earth sciences (geology, geography, ecology), life sciences (biology) and the fundamentals of soil science;
  • Opportunity to work with the state-of-the-art scientific equipment of laboratories and resource centres of the Research Park of St Petersburg University;
  • Sustainable contacts with academic institutions and other potential employers;
  • There are grants from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research; and joint research projects with leading foreign universities and companies;
  • Students have field training practice in the most interesting corners of Russia and the world;
  • Training practice at the St Petersburg University centres and in partner organisations: in environmental and conservation organisations; the Belogorye Nature Reserve; the Nizhnesvirsky Nature Reserve; Agrophysical Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences; and V.V. Dokuchaev Central Museum of Soil of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
  • All students take part in the organisation and holding of the annual international student conference “Dokuchaev youth readings”, where they test their research works: public speaking, publishing, and discussion in the student scientific environment.


Graduates are ready to work as soil scientists, pedologists and environmental experts, soil assessment experts, land cadastre specialists, pedologists, and specialists in land reclamation.

Special practical training takes place at: the bases of St Petersburg University and other organisations in the Leningrad Region; Karelia; and reserves in the European part of Russia (the Belogorye Nature Reserve, the Nizhnesvirsky Nature Reserve, and others). Internships take place in different regions of Russia. To make this possible, more than ten agreements have been concluded with: institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences; the Ministry of Natural Resources; and leading companies – V.V. Dokuchaev Central Museum of Soil  of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Agrophysical Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences; All-Russian Research Institute of Plant Industry of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences; OOO Eco-Express Service; and Gazprom proektirovanie, LLC.

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