MSc in Biodiversity

General

Program Description

Program Details

Overview

This program presents a comprehensive overview of the science about biological diversity ecology, evolution and dynamics, and of the methods for diversity analysis, calculation and estimation. It covers both practical and theoretical issues of the topic. The teaching location provides the curriculum with a special character. Since the University is located in the heart of Siberia, the students will have the opportunity to practice their theoretical skills in various labs, greenhouses, and a number of research stations located across the Siberian region.

List of Courses

A. Core courses
  1. Philosophical problems of natural sciences
  2. Academic English
  3. Bioinformatics
  4. Academic writing
  5. History and methodology of biology
  6. Bioethics and modern problems of biology
  7. Ecology and Evolution            
  8. Statistics
B. Advanced courses
  1. Ecosystem services, environmental economics and politics
  2. Conservation Genetics
  3. Microbiologic diversity
  4. GIS
  5. Environmental physiology
  6. Systematics and phylogenetics
  7. Biodiversity and biogeography
  8. Conservation biology
C. Specialized courses (the student will choose one of the two options)
  1. Global changes and environmental dynamics OR Landscape ecology and diversity
  2. Geobotany OR Soil geography
  3. Lichens, algae, fungi, mosses identification and diversity OR Aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates identification and diversity
  4. Vascular plants identification and diversity OR Vertebrates identification and diversity

Institute of Biology 

Biological studies have centuries-old traditions, as they began even before the official opening of the Imperial University, where botanist Krylov arrived in Tomsk in 1885 and started laying the University groves, the Botanical Gardens and the created the base of Herbarium collection.

Currently, Biological Institute has highly qualified human resources, a strong financial base, and unlimited opportunities for the realization of everyone’s potential.

Departments:
  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Invertebrate Zoology
  • Department of Vertebrate Zoology and Ecology
  • Department of Ichthyology and Hydrobiology
  • Department of Human and Animal Physiology
  • Department of Plant Physiology and Biotechnology
  • Department of Soil Science and Soil Ecology
  • Department of Cytology and Genetics
  • Department of Forestry and Landscape Construction
  • Department of Environmental Management
  • Department of Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Department of Plant Protection
  • Department of Economics and Agribusiness
  • Department of Agronomy
  • Herbarium named after Professor Krylov
  • Soil Museum
  • Laboratory of human developmental biology
  • Zoological Museum

 Scientific areas of the Faculty determined by its history and contemporary challenges in the development of science. Basic scientific research related to the inventory of the flora and vegetation in Siberia and neighboring countries, the study of taxonomy and phylogeny of polymorphic, multi-species genera and families, the reconstruction of the evolution of vegetation of North Asia, identify patterns of structure and dynamics of swamp and forest plant association.

Admission

Required documents (to be submitted online): 

  1. A passport copy;
  2. A diploma copy (OR a registrar-issued transcript of grades for the last semester); upon arrival students must provide the admissions committee with an original document;
    • NOTE! documents received in a foreign country are submitted legalized in accordance with the procedure established by the legislation of the Russian Federation, or with the apostille (except when in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation and (or) international treaty legalization and apostille are not required)
  3. Certified translation of the diploma and the passport into the Russian language (can be submitted upon the arrival)
  4. A completed application form (online)
  5. Other diplomas and certificates proving any other achievements (if available)
  6. Entrance exams:
    1. Written test in biology
    2. An interview

The tuition fee per year is 335,550 RUB.   

Scholarships are available via the https://future-in-russia.com/

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

TSU is the oldest university in Russian Asia, in Siberia, that was founded in 1878 in Tomsk, Russia. It was the First Siberian Imperial University.

TSU is the oldest university in Russian Asia, in Siberia, that was founded in 1878 in Tomsk, Russia. It was the First Siberian Imperial University. Read less