OverviewIn the process of training in this specialization, special attention is paid to the study of geological matter at its different levels - crystals, minerals, rocks - using modern laboratory methods. Students learn to explore rocks and ores when searching for, extracting and processing mineral raw materials in mining and ore-dressing enterprises, and acquire skills in working with modern research instruments and methods for processing geological information.
Reasons for choosing a course
- Knowledge of minerals and rocks is needed in various fields of human activity: searching for gold and diamonds, problems of synthesizing new materials, forensic expertise, and jewelry.
- The opportunity to visit in the course of educational and industrial practices unique geological objects of Russia - from the Crimea to Kamchatka
- Mastering the rare specialty of a geologist-mineralogist, demanded in Russia and other countries
- This sphere combines the features of exact, natural and humanitarian disciplines allowing to find a job both in geology and in related fields (jewelry industry, archeology, criminalist, art history, materials science).
- The combination of deep practical training with 200-year academic traditions allows graduates to make successful careers in both applied and scientific fields
21.05.02 Applied Geology
Mode of attendance
Language of training
Admission tests for international students
Mathematics, Russian language
Number of contract-based openings
130 000 RUB per semester
Career opportunitiesGraduates of this specialization can work in geological exploration organizations or geological research institutes, and in mining enterprises, including abroad. Initial positions are: geotechnical engineer, local geologist, mineralogist, researcher, gemologist, forensic expert, etc. In the future, a specialist can become a chief geologist, chief geochemist, head of laboratory, head of the geological department, director of a geological survey organization or a research institute. Among the organizations in which graduates of our specialization currently work are: MMC Norilsk Nickel, OJSC Alrosa, PJSC Polyus, GC PhosAgro, FSUE All-Russian Research Geological Prospecting Institute, VNIIOkeangeologiya, Institute of Precambrian Geology and Geochronology, Polar Sea Geological Exploration Expedition, LLC Argeysi, GK Tellur, etc.
Field of study
- Stone in the architecture and art of St. Petersburg
- Laboratory methods for the study of minerals, rocks and ores
- Methods of mathematical modeling in geology
- General geochemistry
- Petrography and petrology
- Special geological mapping
- Technological mineralogy and gemology
Ekaterina S. Kiseeva
Position Lecturer at Cork University College (Ireland).
Biography Graduate of the Mining Institute (2007). The master's thesis was devoted to the minerals of the Salminsky granite pluton (Karelia). Then she continued her research at the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia), where she received a PhD for her work in experimental petrology. Since 2012, she worked at Oxford University (UK), in 2018 she took a teaching position at Cork University College (Ireland). Deals with the problem of the formation of diamonds in the earth's mantle.
Dmitriy P. Grigor'yev
Position Head of the Mineralogy Department (1946-1985).
Biography Graduate of the Mining Institute. Even before the war, D.P. Grigoriev's innovative work on the synthesis of minerals was well-deserved. In the postwar years, D.P. Grigoriev created and headed a new direction in mineralogy - the ontogeny of minerals. D.P. Grigoriev paid much attention to the fundamental concepts of mineralogy - mineral individuals, mineral species, and the constitution of minerals.
Graduate professional skills
- Ability to study rocks in the field, select material for their laboratory research
- Ability to perform diagnostics of minerals, rocks and ores using modern research methods
- Competencies in modern methods of processing, systematization and interpretation of geological data, including using software
- Ability to draw conclusions about the origin and conditions of formation of rocks based on the collected facts and to identify the relationships of these rocks and minerals
- Ability to apply the obtained information on minerals and rocks in practical work - to search, mining and processing of minerals
Learning foreign languages (English, German, French) in addition to studying Russian
University departments invite foreign lecturers to teach courses or deliver lectures on particular topics. These courses are taught in foreign languages.
Acquiring skills in working with modern software complexes and equipment
Research activities under the guidance of department professor and associate professors