The Master Program for Marine and Polar Sciences POMOR is a research-oriented interdisciplinary two-year master program with English as teaching language. During the first and second semesters the courses are held at St. Petersburg State University and the Otto Schmidt Laboratory for Polar and Marine Research in St. Petersburg. The students spend their third semester at one of the German partner universities (Bremen, Hamburg, Kiel or Potsdam). Between the second and third semesters they participate in international expeditions to the Arctic for their practical training. German and Russian teachers hold the courses and supervise the master theses. After the final exams the students are awarded a Master of Science of Hamburg University and St. Petersburg State University.
Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), POMOR was established in 2001. Since 2007 POMOR has been funded mainly by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the DAAD, the universities of St. Petersburg, Hamburg, Bremen, Kiel and Potsdam, the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.
The master program was internationally accredited at Hamburg University in 2012.