Faculty of Geology

Dean: Corresponding Member of Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor Boris A. Sokolov
International Students Office: phone: +7-095-939-3409, fax: +7-095-932-8889

General Information

Traditions in Geology teaching and research dates back to the very foundation of the University in 1755. First geological departments were opened in 1804. On the base of these departments the Faculty of Geology and Soils was established in 1938. In 1949 it was transformed into the Faculty of Geology. Moscow State University’s Geological school is well known over the world. Academicians A.P.Pavlov, V.I.Vernadsky, A.D.Arkhangelsky, N.V.Belov, A.P.Vinogradov, V.V.Menner, Yu.A.Orlov, V.I.Smirnov, professors N.B.Vassoevitch and I.O.Brod formed the fame of it.

The Faculty of Geology trains high class specialists in the fundamental research of the Earth and soils. Faculty graduates obtain deep theoretical knowledge as well as it’s practical applications. Nowadays world recognized professors are working at the Faculty. Along with teaching the Faculty scientists maintain research in the areas of General Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology. They cooperate with the geologists of more than ten universities and scientific centres in Europe, Canada, Mexico, China. The students of the Faculty have at their disposal up-to-date scientific laboratories. Field studies are carried out on well equipped geological training centres, the major one being located in the Crimea. Marine geological training is organized on the Black and Baltic seas.

Divisions and Departments

Division of Geology


  • Dynamic Geology
  • Historical and Regional Geology
  • Lithology and Marine Geology
  • Geology and Geochemistry of Deposits
  • Geology and Geochemistry of Ore Deposits
  • Paleontology

Division of Geochemistry


  • Crystallography and Crystallochemistry
  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Geochemistry

Division Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology


  • Hydrogeology
  • Engineering Geology and Geological Environment Protection
  • Geocryology

Division of Geophysics


  • Earth Crust Research Methods
  • Seismic Survey and Geoacoustics

Bachelour Degree

4 years full time


  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry
  • Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology
  • Geology and Geochemistry of Combustible Deposits
  • Ecological Geology

General courses

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mechanics
  • Computer Science
  • Philosophy
  • General Geology
  • Crystallography
  • Mineralogy
  • Foreign Language

Special courses


  • Sedimentology
  • Geotectonics
  • Geology of Russia
  • Ore Deposits
  • Structural Geology and Geological Mapping
  • Paleontology
  • Marine Geology


  • Gravity Survey
  • Magnetic Survey
  • Seismic Survey
  • Electric Survey
  • Geophysical Well Investigations
  • Incorrect Problems in Geophysics
  • Petrophysics


  • Crystallography
  • Crystallochemistry
  • Mineralogy
  • Petrography
  • Geochemistry
  • Geochemical Prospecting Methods
  • Gemmology
  • Genetic Mineralogy

Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology

  • Soil Studies
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geocryology
  • Hydrogeodynamics
  • Fundamentals of Cryogenesis of Lithosphere
  • Soils’ Mechanics

Combustible Fossils Geology and Geochemistry

  • Petroleum Litology
  • Combustible Fossils Chemistry
  • World Oil and Gas Reservoirs
  • Carbon Geochemistry
  • Geological Structure and Hydrocarbon Prospecting of the World Ocean
  • Oil and Gas Hydrogeology

Ecological Geology

  • Ecology
  • Fundamentals of Ecogeology
  • Informative Technologies and EST Systems
  • Ecological Risk Valuation Methods
  • Environment Monitoring

Master Degree

2 years full time


  • Geotechtonics
  • Sedimentology
  • Seas’ and Oceans’ Bottom Geology
  • Regional Geology
  • Geology and Geochemistry of Ore Deposits
  • Paleontology and Stratigraphy
  • Geophysics
  • Earth Crust Geophysical Research Methods
  • Ecological Geophysics
  • Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry
  • Gemmology
  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Geochemistry
  • Ecological Geochemistry
  • Engineering Geology
  • Soil Studies and Artificial Lithogenesis
  • Ecological Geology
  • Geocryology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrogeoecology
  • Geology and Geochemistry of Oil and Gas
  • Geology of Coal and Schist
  • Ecological Oil and Gas Geology
  • Geoinformatics
  • Economic Geology
  • Geological Education

General Courses

  • Modern Geology Problems
  • Philosophy
  • Foreign Languages
  • Pedagogical Practice

Special Courses


  • Physical Methods of Minerals Research
  • Hydrothermal Synthesis of Crystals
  • Electrochemical Methods of Research
  • Thermodynamics of Processes in Parental Meteorite Bodies
  • Geostatistic Methods
  • Collection Samples Marketing
  • Economic Valuation of Ore Deposits
  • Mineralogy of Gold
  • Petrophysical Basis of Well Logging
  • Automatic Interpretation of Well Logging Data Geological Modelling
  • Computer Geodynamic Model Construction
  • Evolution of Active Continental Margins
  • Quarter Deflection Geology
  • Problems of Thermal Transfer
  • Dynamic Problems of Seismic Survey
  • Application of Variations of Inorganic Compounds Analysis
  • Geochemical Processes Thermodynamics
  • Mineragraphy of Platina Ores
  • Petroleum and Gas Formation Models
  • Complex Consuming of Coals
  • Riftogenesis Doctrine
  • Magmatic Geology of Russia
  • Electronic Microscopy
  • Synthetic Diamonds
  • Structural Petrophysical Analysis of Magmatic Rocks
  • Paleogeography Methods
  • Marine Seismic Survey and Hydrolocation Methods
  • Geochemical Models of Ore Deposits
  • Coals Metamorphysm Regularities
  • Geocryological Prognosis Methodology
  • Hydrogeodynamic Fields’ Theory
  • Hydrogeoinformatics
  • Acoustic Methods of Well Logging
  • Formations Doctrine
  • Crystallization from Aqua Solutions
  • X-ray Crystallography
  • Chemistry of Inorganic Compounds
  • Hydrocarbon Solutions
  • Fundamentals of the Theory of Hydrocarbon Migration and Emigration
  • Evolution of Marine and Oceanic Sediments

Ecology and Environment

  • Paleoecology
  • Methods of Investigation of Clays and Clay Minerals
  • Economics and Ecology of Urban Aglomerates
  • Global Changes of Climate and Cryolithozone Reaction
  • Landscape Geochemistry
  • Subterranean Waters’ Protection

PhD Degree

3 years full time


  • Geochemistry
  • Hydrogeology
  • Paleontology
  • Geology, Surveying and Prospecting for Ore Deposits
  • Geochemical Methods of Surveying of Ore Deposits
  • Geology, Surveying and Prospecting for Oil and Gas Deposits Sedimentology
  • Petrography
  • Marine Geology
  • General and Regional Geology
  • General and Regional Geology
  • Geology, Surveying and Prospecting for Combustible Minerals
  • Mineralogy and Crystallography
  • Geophysics