Start: 1 September 2018

Degree: Master of Science

Duration: 2 years

ECTS: 120

Language: English

Application deadline: 10 July 2018



This programme presents a comprehensive overview of the science about biological diversity ecology, evolution and dynamics, and of the methods for diversity analysis, calculation and estimation. It covers both practical and theoretical issues of the topic. The teaching location provides the curriculum with special character. Since the University is located in the heart of Siberia, the students will have the opportunity to practice their theoretical skills in various labs, greenhouses, and number of research stations located across the Siberian region.



List of courses

A             Core courses

1             Philosophical problems of natural sciences

2             Academic English

3             Bioinformatics

4             Academic writing

5             History and methodology of biology

6             Bioethics and modern problems of biology

7             Ecology and Evolution            

8             Statistics

B             Advanced courses

9             Ecosystem services, environmental economics and politics

10           Conservation Genetics

11           Microbiologic diversity

12           GIS

13           Environmental physiology

14           Systematics and phylogenetics

15           Biodiversity and biogeography

16           Conservation biology

C             Specialised courses (the student will choose one of the two options)

17           Global changes and environmental dynamics OR Landscape ecology and diversity

18           Geobotany OR Soil geography

19           Lichens, algae, fungi, mosses identification and diversity OR Aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates identification and diversity

20           Vascular plants identification and diversity OR Vertebrates identification and diversity

Biological studies have centuries-old traditions, as they began even before the official opening of the Imperial University, where botanist Krylov arrived in Tomsk in 1885 and started laying the University groves, the Botanical Gardens and the created the base of Herbarium collection.

Currently, Biological Institute has highly qualified human resources, strong financial base and unlimited opportunities for the realization of everyone’s potential.



  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Invertebrate Zoology
  • Department of Vertebrate Zoology and Ecology
  • Department of Ichthyology and Hydrobiology
  • Department of Human and Animal Physiology
  • Department of Plant Physiology and Biotechnology
  • Department of Soil Science and Soil Ecology
  • Department of Cytology and Genetics
  • Department of Forestry and Landscape Construction
  • Department of Environmental Management
  • Department of Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Department of Plant Protection
  • Department of Economics and Agribusiness
  • Department of Agronomy
  • Herbarium named after Professor Krylov
  • Soil Museum
  • Laboratory of human developmental biology
  • Zoological Museum


Scientific areas of the Faculty determined by its history and contemporary challenges in the development of science. Basic scientific research related to the inventory of the flora and vegetation in Siberia and neighboring countries, the study of taxonomy and phylogeny of polymorphic, multi-species genera and families, the reconstruction of the evolution of vegetation of the North Asia, identify patterns of structure and dynamics of swamp and forest plant association.

Required documents (to be submitted online):


1) a passport copy;

2) a diploma copy (OR a registrar-issued transcript of grades for the last semester); upon arrival students must provider the admissions committee with an original document;

NOTE! documents received in a foreign country are submitted legalized in accordance with the procedure established by the legislation of the Russian Federation, or with the apostille (except when, in accordance with legislation of the Russian Federation and (or) an international treaty legalization and apostille are not required)

3) certified translation of the diploma and the passport into Russian language (can be submitted upon the arrival)

4) a completed application form (online)

5) other diplomas and certificates proving any other achievements (if available)

6) entrance exams:

                - written test in biology

                - an interview 

Tuition fee per year is 234 000 rub.   


Scholarships are available via the Russian government scheme.