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Saint Petersburg University Master Cold Region Environment Landscapes Integrated Science (CORELIS)
Saint Petersburg University

Master Cold Region Environment Landscapes Integrated Science (CORELIS)

Saint Petersburg, Russia

2 Years


Full time

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RUB 329,400 / per year **


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** Fees 2022/2023 will be published not later than 1st of June, 2022. The full duration of this program is two years.


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

Benefits of the programme

  • The educational programme is aimed at training specialists who are capable of independently carrying out theoretical and applied research in ecological, hydro-meteorological, paleogeographical, landscape, pedological and nature management processes in Polar Regions of the Earth (The Arctic, Antarctic, Permafrost zone and the upland territories).
  • Study areas include “Ecology and Environmental Management”, as well as “Hydrometeorology”, “Geography” and “Soil science”.
  • The programme is fully delivered in English. During the first two semesters of training in Russia, leading experts of St Petersburg University, partner universities and scientific research institutes are involved in teaching. Students have an opportunity to spend their third semester on exchange in a partner university in Germany or other countries with the subsequent obtaining of the second diploma.
  • Students participate in expeditions to Polar Regions in course of their field practice. For example, in the previous years, student research practice was held on the base of Lammi Biological Station of Helsinki University in winter and international field stations such as the Russian scientific centre on Svalbard archipelago (part of the Arctic and Antarctic research institute), Lena River delta, Yamal and Kola peninsulas in summer.
  • Students of the programme regularly take part in international conferences, seminars and workshops for young scientists.

Main courses

  • Polar Science Communication and Outreach
  • Career Development in Science
  • Basics on Cold Regions Sciences
  • Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Climate Dynamics
  • Cold Region Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology
  • Permafrost Hydrometeorology
  • Particularities of Cold Region Geology
  • Trace gas fluxes in Permafrost
  • Isotopic methods in Polar Ecology
  • Feature of Energy and Mass Exchange in the Atmosphere Surface Layer and Soil Active Layer
  • Permafrost Affected Soils and Landscapes in a Changing Climate
  • Periglacial landscapes
  • Quaternary paleogeography of Cold Regions
  • Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Differential Global Navigation Satellite Systems
  • Water Object and Carbon Cycle of Polar and Upland Areas
  • Cold Regions: Social and Economic Aspects
  • Regional Policy in Permafrost Regions

Key skills

After completing this programme, the students

  • understand species evolution, patterns of biodiversity, pedology
  • independently carry out: measurements, analysis, interpretation and data processing
  • understand the role of a changing climate within biogeochemical cycles of environment processes
  • have gained advanced knowledge of structure, functioning and vulnerability of polar and upland ecosystems
  • are knowledgeable of modern methods of ecological research, regulation, risk assessment and constructing mathematical models of the ecosystem
  • have gained knowledge about interaction of the atmosphere and hydrosphere, prospective areas for development
  • have knowledge and skills in field sampling strategy, working with special scientific equipment for analytical procedures in biology and geoecology
  • are able to understand and review international regulations on Polar study
  • have gained advanced knowledge of the structure of environmental systems and effects of basic cryogenic processes, types and dynamics of ground ices, glaciers and water bodies
  • can evaluate anthropogenic impacts on polar, upland, and periglacial ecosystems
  • are able to evaluate the impact of global climate change on Polar environment

Career opportunities

Programme graduates can apply their expertise in the areas of scientific research, industrial operations, planning, education and administration related to the use of geoecological, hydrometeorological, paleogeographical and pedogogical methods in the study of polar and mountain regions.


The main partners of the programme are St Petersburg and Hamburg Universities. Other Russian, German, Norwegian and Finnish universities as well as scientific institutes participate in the programme development.

Employers take an active part in the teaching process, organization of expeditions and providing internships and work placements for students. Among the key employers are Russian and international scientific institutions focusing on Polar research and oil and gas companies based in the Arctic shelf and North Ocean Road.

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