Start: September 1, 2023

Degree: Master of Science

Duration: 2 years

ECTS: 120

Language: English

Application deadline: August 15, 2023






This program presents a comprehensive overview of biological diversity, its evolution and dynamics, and the methods for diversity analysis, calculation, and estimation. It covers both practical and theoretical issues of the topic. The location of the university ensures that your period of study will be memorable: since the university is located in the heart of Siberia, students will have the opportunity to practice their theoretical skills in various labs, greenhouses, and a number of research stations located across Siberia.


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

  1. Ecosystem services, environmental economics and politics
  2. Conservation genetics
  3. Microbiologic diversity
  4. GIS
  5. Environmental physiology
  6. Systematics and phylogenetics
  7. Biodiversity and biogeography
  8. Conservation biology


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

  1. Global changes and environmental dynamics OR Landscape ecology and diversity
  2. Geobotany OR Soil geography
  3. Lichens, algae, fungi, mosses identification and diversity OR Aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates identification and diversity
  4. 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: as far back as in 1885, botanist Krylov arrived in Tomsk and made contributions to the establishment of the University grove and the Botanical Garden, as well as laid the base for the Herbarium collection.

Currently, Biological Institute has highly qualified human resources, strong financial base, and unlimited opportunities for realizing one'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 are determined by its history and contemporary challenges in the development of science. Basic scientific research relates to such topics as: 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; identification of structural patterns and dynamics of swamp and forest plants.

Required documents (to be submitted online):


1) copy of passport

2) copy of high school certificate/a registrar-issued transcript of grades for the last semester; upon arrival, students must provide the Admission Office with an original document

NOTE! documents received outside of Russia must be endorsed in accordance with the procedure established by the legislation of the Russian Federation, or with an apostille (except when endorsement is not required by the legislation of the Russian Federation and (or) an international treaty)

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

4) completed application form (

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

6) entrance exams:

                - written test in biology

                - interview 

Tuition fee per year is 290,000 rub.   


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