• Level of education: Master programme
  • Type of instruction: Full-time
  • ECTS points: 120
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Language of instruction: English

Benefits of the programme

  • The course offers insights into polar and marine ecology, oceanography, geology, and climate change.
  • The students stand a chance to engage with expeditions on board of the leading German and Russian research vessels.
  • Upon completion, the students receive a double degree: Master degree of St Petersburg University and Master of Sciences of the University of Hamburg.
  • POMOR is the only educational programme in natural sciences at SPbU, accredited by ASIIN e.V.

Main courses

Basic module

  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • History of polar research
  • Introduction into the use of academic information online
  • Introduction into GIS, interpersonal communication skills, scientific research quality standards.
  • Field trainings, conference presentations (POMOR conference)

Module 1. Ocean basins, ocean floor sediments and climate change.

  • Marine deposits and sedimentation in the polar regions.
  • Methods of marine georesearch.
  • Methods of sea floor mapping.
  • Ocean basins: morphology, tectonics and dynamics.
  • Marine geotechnologies

Module 2. Oceanography of the high seas and coastal waters.

  • The basics of physical oceanography.
  • Ocean waves.
  • Ocean currents.
  • Sea currents.
  • Coastal oceanography.
  • Ocean-atmosphere interaction.
  • Oceanographic observation and analysis.

Module 3. Polar and marine ecosystems: structure, functioning, and vulnerability.

  • Biodiversity of marine and polar ecosystems
  • Biological oceanography of pelagic ecosystems: the basics, examples, development prospects modelling.
  • Biology and ecology of the benthos of polar shelf seas and oceans.
  • Introduction into polar ecology and marine ice ecology.
  • Ecological rationing of impact on the ecosystems.
  • Biology and geoecology of polar regions
  • Introduction into ecosystem modelling.
  • Geoecology of the arctic and shelf seas, recycling of marine resources in the arctic regions.

Module 4. Natural resources.

  • Economic and social geography of the arctic region.
  • Biological resources of the arctic region.
  • Mineral resources.
  • Hydrocarbon resources.
  • Processing and analysis of geophysical data.

Module 5. Coastal area processes and natural environment management.

  • Applied geostatistcs
  • Eutrofication, monitoring, assessment of coastal areas.
  • Marine Environmental Law.
  • Quantitative modelling of coastal processes.
  • Current approaches to natural environment management.
  • Aboriginal population and industrial development of the arctic region: impact assessment and sustainable development strategies.
  • Information systems of water resources management in the arctic and subarctic regions.
  • Decision-making tools and forecasting.

Module 6. Periglacial natural environment.

  • Periglacial natural systems.
  • Glaciers and glacial cover.
  • Cryogenic processes, cryosels, geochemical cycle in the polar regions.
  • Periglacial water bodies and river runoff.
  • Major types of anthropogenic impact on the water bodies of the polar land.

Key skills

  • Ability to apply modern technologies in marine studies;
  • Knowledge about marine sedimentation linked to polar climate change;
  • Ability to interpret paleo-oceanography data;
  • Understanding of the main principles and regularities of the World ocean as a global system;
  • Ability to apply the main conceptual approaches of ecosystems modelling and use the results of mathematical ecosystems modelling;
  • Argmented knowledge of the structure, functioning and vulnerability of polar and marine ecosystems;
  • Skills in using the methods of geophysical data processing and interpretation;
  • Knowledge of the natural (incl. mineral) resources of polar and marine regions of the earth.

Career opportunities

The students are equipped with the best of a diverse range of opportunities for polar and marine sciences, locally, nationally and globally. They can pursue academic research in the top Russian and world’s research institutions in climate studies, oceanology, hydrology, biology, geology, paleography, geomorphology and polar geography.

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Last updated March 14, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
2 years
July 6, 2019
Final deadline. For applicants for Russian Government scholarship: June 8.
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