Faculty of Geography

Dean: Professor Nikolai S.Kasimov
International Students Office: phone: +7-095-939-1552, fax: +7-095-932-8836

General Information

At the University Geography has been taught for more than 200 years. In 1884 the Department of Geography and Ethnography was created and in 1938 the Faculty of Geography founded. The Faculty of Geography is recognised in the world. About 300 specialists graduate annually. They are qualified in the fields of environment protection, regional aspects of economy, computer mapping, global climate modeling, etc.

Apart from sharing the unique resources of the University’s main campus the Faculty possesses its own facilities for research and study. The research potential of 8 interdisciplinary laboratories is reinforced by 26 departmental laboratories addressing more specific fields of study. Technical support units, such as the map publishing and photo laboratories, graphics design bureau and editorial branch add up to this potential. The Faculty’s Map Library is a major deposit of Russian topographic and thematic maps (over 350,000 sheets). Other major facilities include the University Museum of Earth Science and the campus-based Meteorological Observatory which provides (among other data) a unique set of ultraviolet radiation measurements and is a member of the World Climatic Programme. The Faculty owns 5 permanent fully equipped stations extensively used for specialised research and training: Satino (Kaluga rgn), Krasnovidovo (Moscow rgn), Elbrus (Kabardino-Balkaria), Khibiny (Murmansk rgn), Ust-Yeniseysk (Krasnojarsk rgn).


  • Rational Use of Natural Resources
  • Geomorfology and Paleogeography
  • Meteorology and Climatology
  • Oceanology
  • Hydrology of the Land
  • Criolitology and Glaciology
  • Cartography and Geoinformatics
  • Social and Economic Geography of Foreign Countries
  • Geography of the World Economy
  • Economic and Social Geography of Russia
  • Geochemistry of Landscapes and Geography of Soils
  • Biogeography
  • Physical Geography of the World and Geoecology
  • Physical Geography and Landscape Studies

Main laboratories

  • Non-traditional Sources of Energy Studies
  • Snow Avalanches and Mud-Flows Studies
  • Recent Deposits Studies and Paleogeography
  • Geoecology of the Northern Areas
  • Soil Erosion and River-Channel Processes Studies
  • Complex Mapping and Atlases
  • Moscow Region

Bachelour Degree

4 years full time


  • Geography
  • Geography and Cartography
  • Hydrometeorology

General courses

Science and Humanities

  • Science and Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Politology
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Foreign Languages

Environmental Disciplines

  • Hydrology
  • Meteorology and Climatology
  • Oceanology
  • Geocriology
  • Geomorphology
  • Ecology
  • Biogeography
  • Soil Geography
  • Landscape Science
  • World/Regional Physical and Economic Geography
  • Geographical Cartography
  • Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Forecasting
  • Environmental Management and Nature Protection
  • History of Geographical Science

The academic programme includes lecture courses, seminars, laboratory and field practice in natural sciences and humanities

Main Special Courses

  • Environmental Monitoring
  • History of Environmental Management
  • GIS
  • Communicative Cartography
  • Geography of Investments
  • Transportation Geography
  • River Runoff and Estuaries
  • System Research of Landscapes
  • Hydrological Forecasting
  • Synoptical Meteorology
  • Agroclimatology
  • Reclaiming Geography
  • Comparative Analysis of Relief of the Planets
  • Medical Geography and Human Ecology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Soil Evolution and Dynamics
  • Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction
  • Economic Geography of World Ocean
  • Geochemistry of Natural and Technogeneous Landscapes
  • Erosion and River Channel Formation
  • Applied Physical Geography and Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Dynamic Geomorphology
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Engineering Geography
  • Social Geography and Urbanisation
  • Recreation and Conservation of Landscapes
  • Bioindication
  • Cultural Geography

Master Degree

2 years full time


  • Geography
  • Geography and Cartography
  • Hydrometeorology



  • Landscape Ecology
  • Rational Landuse
  • Cryolitology and Glyciology
  • Soils studies and Geochemistry
  • Geomorphology and Paleogeography
  • Biogeography
  • Physical Geography of Foreign Countries
  • Geoecology
  • Economic Geography of Russia
  • Geography of World Economics
  • Economic Geography of Foreign Countries

Geography and Cartography

  • Cartography GIS


  • Meteorology and Climatology
  • Hydrology
  • Oceanology

General and Special Courses

  • Philosophy
  • Foreign Language
  • Ethnography
  • History of Development of the World Economy
  • Computing
  • Computer Networks and Data Bases
  • Actual Problems of Geographical Science
  • Methodology of Geography
  • Geochemistry of Radio-nucleids
  • Paleogeochemistry of Landscapes
  • Geochemical Functions of Micro-organisms
  • Small-scale Soil Mapping
  • Anthropogenically Modified Soils
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry * Landscape and Geochemical Basis of Ecological Expertise
  • Interdisciplinary Problems of Geoecology
  • Foreign Systems of Land Use
  • Theoretical Bases of Landscape Studies
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Contemporary Problems of Use of Natural Resources
  • Actual Problems of Ecology
  • Geographical Psychology
  • Biodiversity and Methods of its Evaluation
  • Genogeography
  • Soil Biology
  • Mapping of Vegetation and the Fauna
  • Cosmic Cartography
  • Ecological-Geographical Mapping
  • Complex Land Cadastre
  • Nature Preservation Technologies
  • Principles of Use of Natural Resources
  • Hazardous Natural Phenomena
  • Environment and Human Health
  • Models of Oceanic Circulation
  • Synoptic Changes of Waters of the World Ocean
  • Satellite Oceanology
  • Theory of Climate
  • Contemporary Problems of Surveying of the World Ocean
  • Theory of the General Circulation of Atmosphere
  • Climates of Russia and the World
  • Tropical Meteorology
  • Agroclimatic Water Resources Calculus
  • Hydrology of Continents
  • Hydrological Forecasts
  • Limnological Modeling
  • Contemporary Problems of Geomorphology
  • Geomorphology of Continents
  • Ecological Aspects of Geomorphology and Paleogeography
  • Ecology of Criosphere
  • Contemporary Problems of Glaciology
  • Structural Ice Studies
  • Glacial Phenomena in Criolitozone and in the Mountains
  • Critical Ecological Situations in the Criolitozone
  • Physical-Chemical Mechanics of Permanently Frozen Grounds
  • Economic-Geographical Problems of Regulation of Economy
  • Theoretical Problems of Economic and Social Geography
  • Economic-Geographical Expertise
  • Geopolitical Models of the World
  • Economic System of the World Economy
  • International Business
  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Geoconflictology
  • Geography of the World Economy

PhD Degree

3 years full time


  • Physical Geography, Geophysics and Geochemistry of Landscapes
  • Geomorphology and Evolution Geography
  • Biogeography and Soil Geography
  • Mapping and Geoinformatics
  • Hydrology of the Land, Water Resources, Hydrochemistry
  • Oceanology
  • Meteorology, Climatology and Agrometeorology
  • Environment Protection and Rational Use of Natural Resources
  • Glaciology and Geocriology