Historical and Regional Geology


Specialty: Stratigraphy and Paleontology

Partner university: Lille 1 University - Science and Technology (France)

Length of study: 2 years (4 semesters).

Mode of study: full-time

Languages of instruction: for Russian students – Russian / English;

for international students – English.


The Programme is a continuation of education in the field of Stratigraphy and Paleontology. It focuses on advanced studying of specific object of research, i.e. deposits of some stratigraphic level or group of fossil organisms. The content of courses reflects a modern state of stratigraphy and paleontology. It is directed to train specialists who possess the skills of using the modern methods of research.


The main goal of the Programme is to train highly qualified specialists

  • in stratigraphy who:

– possess the profound knowledge in theoretical and practical aspects of stratigraphic research: principles of stratigraphic classification; problems of classification and nomenclature; nature of the stratigraphic units; criteria and methods for the establishment the boundaries of stratigraphic units;

– are able to analyze stratigraphic, geological, geophysical, geochemical, and paleontological information; to design local and regional stratigraphic charts; to give the biostratigrafical justification of stratigraphic charts and stratons of different value; to solve the problems of zonal subdivision and correlation of global sedimentary units;

– can work in the modern conditions of development of stratigraphy and stratigraphic research, using the comprehensive application of different stratigraphic methods: lithological physical-chemical methods, event- and sequence stratigraphy, GIS, seismic, magnetic rhythmic and ecostratigraphy;

  • in paleontology who:

– possess the profound knowledge in the field of biodiversity, phylogeny, history of fossil organisms, understanding the patterns and rates of their evolution, interrelations of taxonomic content and the environments;

–  are able to analyze stratigraphic, geological, paleontological and lithological data, reconstruct the sedimentary conditions and formation the sedimentary and mineral deposits; to hold the paleobiogeographical and paleoclimate reconstructions and predict the future development of the biosphere;

– can work in the modern conditions of development of paleontology and paleontological research, to study the paleontological object on the world level using the modern equipment.

Job prospects

Masters in «Stratigraphy and Paleontology», could be recruited in special paleontological, stratigraphic and general types of geological occupations.

Special tasks in paleontological and stratigraphic divisions of universities and Research Institutes include the development the stratigraphic charts of different scales (local, regional and global); studying of different groups of fossil organisms (their morphological features, taxonomic content, phylogeny, history of development, paleoecology, stratigraphic significance, the laws of nature and evolution).

General geological types of work in geological institutions, exploration and mining companies include geological survey of various scales, which needs a proper stratigraphic base. Therefore detailed paleontological and stratigraphic research is needed. The division of sections, revealing the stratigraphic units, approving of their borders help to prospect and explore mineral resources (especially oil, gas and coal) more effective.

More over Masters in paleontology could teach the courses in earth sciences in universities, in the clubs of young geologists, stations for young tourists, etc., work in paleontology and local history museums.

Those who wish can continue their studies at post-graduate and doctoral studies.


– Bachelor or Specialist diploma in natural sciences;  

– В21 level of English;

– good knowledge in geology, paleontology and stratigraphy (presented in the form of interview).


TSU – Assistant Professor Yana A. Bazhenova, email: y-baz@sibmail.com

Lille1 – Professor Taniel Danelian, email: Taniel.Danelian@univ-lille1.fr

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