Description

This educational program promotes the use of modern technologies and advanced methods in Geoscience. It allows for a flexible curriculum with two fields of specialization:
  • fundamental program with multi-disciplinary studies in Geoscience to prepare specialists for pursuing a career in academia
  • applied program in Petroleum Geology and Geophysics to prepare specialists for careers in the oil and gas industry.
Novosibirsk State University offers an international Master’s Program to educate high-level specialists in several geoscience fields. Graduates will be experts in a broad range of topics in the fundamental Earth sciences and applied geo-technologies.
Approximately half of the educational program is comprised of mandatory review courses with general information in different disciplines including Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Petrology, and others.
Another half of the program includes elective courses providing in-depth knowledge in disciplines directly related to the student’s scientific interests. Most of the courses include practical exercises with real experimental materials and data. This program is designed to promote the use of modern technologies and advanced analytic methods in Geoscience.
An important aspect of studying at NSU is that it takes place in a unique research and innovative environment that includes the Novosibirsk Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences research institutes and Novosibirsk TechnoPark. This location means courses are taught by established researchers from these institutes with outstanding records of publications and substantial experience in scientific research and thesis projects are based on current scientific research. In addition to the scientific and technological subjects in the Program, students learn how to write research articles, present scientific results, prepare grant proposals, and other useful skills. NSU also provides Russian language courses
The program also focuses on developing independent research activities, broadening scientific horizons, fostering an ability to analyze and summarize information from various geological science fields, developing a multidisciplinary approach to solving fundamental and applied geological problems, and presenting research on an advanced scientific level within the framework of the subjects covered. Ultimately, all of the above is dedicated to training high-level, competitive specialists at Novosibirsk State University while improving the holistic understanding of the geological picture of the World.

Program goal

This program seeks highly motivated applicants interested in a career in high-tech multi-disciplinary studies in Geology and Geophysics. It is designed for people with two types of educational backgrounds:

  • students with a background in Geoscience who want to expand their knowledge in the field of modern technologies and advanced analytic methods;
  • students with a background in Mathematics, Physics, IT and Computational Technologies who want to expand their knowledge in the field of Geoscience.

Duration of study

Two academic years

Language of instruction

English

Benefits

  • knowledge in the latest methods and techniques in Geology and Geophysics;
  • practical knowledge in the use of state-of-the-art software packages used in the oil and gas industry;
  • program is project oriented, students work on a research project supervised by specialists from industrial and scientific partner organizations;
  • after graduation alumni may pursue careers in academia or in industrial companies (including R&D centers), national geological and monitoring surveys etc.

Program structure

Core Curriculum
  • Philosophy of Natural Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Subsoil Use Project Management
Profile Curriculums
Required Courses
General: Introduction to Geosciences
Elective Courses
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Key personnel

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Ivan Koulakov

Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vice-Director of the Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Head of the Geophysical Department, Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Head of laboratory for Seismic Tomography Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Head of laboratory for Seismic Imaging at Novosibirsk State University, Senior Lecturer, Novosibirsk State University, Department of Geology and Geophysics.

The main scientific achievements: Ivan Koulakov is a head of laboratory of seismic tomography at Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysicsб Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which performs the full cycle of seismological studies starting from installation of seismic network and development of algorithms for seismic data analysis to calculation of seismic models of real geological objects and interpretation. Ivan Koulakov has performed investigations of various geological structures throughout the world, such as active volcanoes, fault zones, rifting systems, geothermal fields, collision and subduction zones. He has created an algorithm for local earthquake tomography LOTOS (Koulakov, 2009), which is available in open access and used by many researchers worldwide. There are other modifications of this algorithm developed by Ivan Koulakov that provide the information about seismic anisotropy, attenuation and temporal changes. Moreover, he has created an algorithm for surface-wave tomography inversion based on the ambient noise data. Most of tomography results published by Ivan Koulakov and coauthors are accompanied with geological interpretation.

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Dmitry Grazhdankin

Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Head of the Laboratory of Precambrian Paleontology and Stratigraphy at the A.A. Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics), Senior Lecturer at Novosibirsk State University, Department of Geology and Geophysics. Main research interests: reconstruction of mechanisms for functioning paleoecosystems; reconstruction of the eukaryotic phylogenetic tree from the late Precambrian and early Phanerozoic Eons; regional and global correlation of the Upper Proterozoic and Northern Eurasia Terrenevian system; reconstruction of the Ediacaran biota habitat conditions on the basis of the Upper Vendian deposits in the reference sections of the East European and Siberian platforms.

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Sergey Smirnov

Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vice-Director of the Sobolev’s Institute of Geology and Mineralogy. Associate Professor at Novosibirsk State University.

Scientific interests: mineralogy of granitic pegmatites and felsic magmatic rocks, fluid and melt inclusions in minerals, fluids in magmatic reservoirs, connection between fluidized magmas, ore formation and volcanism.

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Andrey Izokh

Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Head of the Laboratory Petrology and Metallogeny, Sobolev’s Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Head of the Department of Petrography and Geology of Ore Deposits at Novosibirsk State University, Department of Geology and Geophysics.

Main research interests: mineralogical-petrographic, geochronological and geochemical investigations of layered ultramafic-mafic associations of Central and Southeast Asia. The regularities of the evolution and spatial distribution of ultramafic-mafic magmatism of large igneous provinces of Asia are investigated and the features of the formation of Cu-Ni –EPG mineralization are shown. The prospect of individual massifs and territories of Russia, Mongolia and Vietnam in relation to the primary and placer platinum mineralization has been substantiated.

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Anton Duchkov

Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Head of Laboratory of Seismic Dynamics, Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Associate Professor at Novosibirsk State University (Department of Geology and Geophysics and Information Technology).

Scientific interests include fast algorithms of reflection-seismic data processing and imaging, microseismic monitoring of hydrofrac, studying physical properties of gas-hydrate bearing sediments.

Fees and Financial support

Tuition fees

Tuition fees is U.S. $5200 per year.

Scholarships

Every year foreign students have an opportunity to apply for the Russian Government Scholarship Program

Benefits: full tuition, monthly stipend
Application deadline: depends on the country of applicant

You also have an opportunity to participate in the "Open Doors” Russian Scholarship Project and win a full scholarship to study Master’s program.

Benefits: full tuition, monthly stipend.
Application deadline: 25 December 2020

Entrance requirements


  • Copy of the 1st page of your travelling passport with your personal data
  • Legalized (if required) educational certificate
  • Legalized (if required) academic transcripts (transcript of record, university degree/s, diploma supplements)
  • 2 photos
  • English language course marks sheet/TOEFL certificate or other international certificates (in case English is not your mother tongue and your previous education wasn't in English)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation Letter (1-2 pages)
  • Medical certificate of overall health condition
  • HIV + AIDS certificates

Note! For enrollment you have to submit both original and notarized Russian translations of the required documents to the Novosibirsk State University Admission Office.

Application deadlines