POMOR is a double degree research-oriented interdisciplinary master program at Saint Petersburg State University and Hamburg University in close cooperation with the universities of Bremen, Kiel and Potsdam, Hamburg University of Technology, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemuende and All-Russian Scientific and Research Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources of the World Ocean named after Academician I.S. Gramberg.
During the two first terms, lectures, seminars and practical trainings are held at the Institute of Earth Sciences of the St. Petersburg State University, at the Otto Schmidt Laboratory for Polar and Marine Research at the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute and at other Russian partner institutions. After the second term the students complete their field practice participating in current research projects, in international expeditions to the Arctic or being trained at the partner research institutions. The third term is completed at one of the partner universities in Germany: in Hamburg, Bremen, Kiel or Potsdam. During the fourth term students are working on their master thesis.
German and Russian lecturers hold the courses and supervise the master theses together. After the master thesis defence 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 by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, DAAD, the universities of St. Petersburg, Hamburg, Bremen, Kiel and Potsdam, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research.
The master program was internationally accredited at Hamburg University by ASIIN e.V. until September 30, 2025.
POMOR IX during the lectures by Dr. Robert Spielhagen, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany. Photo by Dr. Robert Spielhagen, GEOMAR