St. Petersburg Polytechnic Institute was found In 1899. It consisted of four Departments, the Shipbuilding Department was one of them. In 1908 the first 12 Marine Engineers got employment and since that time training of specialists in all ship type design and construction has never been interrupted. Later the Department essentially enlarged and became a higher studies institution. It was opened in 1930 and got the name of Leningrad Shipbuilding Institute. It inherited the best traditions of its mother institution and developed new approaches to teaching and learning which met the current requirements of marine industry.


Many of LSI's graduates made notable contributions to national marine-related science, technology and education. The Institute gained its world-wide reputation in the area of special industrial significance - the Naval Fleet industry.




The last decade of the 20th century brought in crucial changes into the economics and social life of the society and the Russian Higher Studies system faced new challenges of the market economy and open society. The transit to the new realities reflected in a deep structural reform of higher studies institutions. Narrow specialization compatible with the planned economy had to be replaced by a wider profile covering diverse sectors of engineering, businesses, social and cultural studies.


Meeting the labor market demands the LSI essentially extended its educational services and along with marine-related studies there were developed and introduced general engineering programs, business and social studies.

In 1992 the Institute was renamed to St.Petersburg State Marine Technical University (MTU).




The reformation of teaching and learning is being currently in progress. Along with extension and updating of traditional Diploma courses, the two level Bachelor-Master degree system has been launched. The quality of education is now ensured by internationally recognized accreditation procedures. These innovations, along with continuous enhancing of teaching technologies and learning tools, give a good ground for further successful job carries of our graduates.

At present, MTU is a large education and research center with about ten thousand students.

The academic staff of the University is over seven hundred persons, the majority being doctoral degree holders. We offer more than forty courses leading to Bachelor and Master degrees, to Diplomas of Engineer, Economist and Manager, Sociologist, Secondary School Teacher and Lawyer. Postgraduate preparation in general Engineering, sciences and maritime applications, leading to doctoral degrees is also available. All educational programs are provided with laboratory equipment, computer facilities and library services.





SMTU - State Federal Educational Institution


We are pleased to inform you of the issue of RF PRESIDENT DECREE on including The State Educational Institution of Higher Professional Studies “Saint-Petersburg State Marine Technical University” in the list of State Federal Educational Institutions of Higher Professional Studies.

These Institutions are self-dependent in development of Educational Standards and in requirements for realizable Higher Studies Educational Programs.

The academic autonomy given by the Decree allows wide opportunities for diversification of educational programs, particularly in Shipbuilding, Ocean Engineering and other marine-related fields. It allows development of educational programs meeting current requirements of labor market. Special interests of international students can also be taken into account.

RF PRESIDENT DECREE came into force on 20 January, 2011.



Education – general information


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Each academic year consists of the two semesters, Autumn and Spring, commencing on the 1-st of September and on the second Monday of February. Every semester ends up with an examination session, which is followed by holidays. Winter holidays last for about 2 weeks and summer vacations are two months long.

Exams are mainly conducted in a via-voce form and are preceded by regular current testing that include written tests, reports on laboratory works, course projects, individual assignments, etc. A student is allowed to take an exam under the condition that he / she has successfully completed the prescribed course work and has passed all current tests. The final admission to exams is carried through the last study week which is called "a pass week". As a rule, students take exams only in a few subjects studied during a current semester, their progress in the remainder being assessed in terms of "passed /not passed". "Pass" confirms the completion of the prescribed course work without differentiation of acquired knowledge on a grade scale.

Knowledge assessment is made in terms of 5 grades : 5 - " excellent ", 4 - " good ", 3 - " satisfactory ", 2 - " unsatisfactory", 1 - " failure ".


At the present moment in our university accepted the following structure of educational programmes, wich differs from the European (Bologna) system.

Bachelor degree programs are available for higher secondary school graduates. The length of the courses is 4 academic years. Applicants should have completed a preparatory year course in SMTU / at any other RF Higher Studies Technical Institution, or to pass entrance tests in Russian at Basic Certification level.

Master degree programs are available for Bachelor Degree holders. Educational background is expected to be compatible with the chosen area of studies and related to Marine Science and Technology, Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science and Engineering. The length of the courses is 2 academic years. Applicants should have completed a preparatory year course in SMTU or to pass entrance tests in Russian at the 1st Certification level.

Diploma Specialist  programs are available for higher secondary school graduates. The length of the courses is 5 academic years. Applicants should have completed a preparatory year course in SMTU / at any other RF Higher Studies Technical Institution, or to pass entrance tests in Russian at Basic Certification level.

Postgraduate programs are available for Master Degree holders and Diploma specialists. Educational background is expected to be compatible with the chosen area of studies and related to Marine Science and Technology. The minimal length of the course is 3 years. Applicants should have completed a preparatory year course in SMTU or to pass entrance tests in Russian at the 2nd Certification level.

SMTU offers a wide range of educational programs leading to Bachelor Degree, Master Degree and to Ph.D. Degree. The Key field of studies is Marine Technique. Below there is a list of most demanded Bachelor degree and Master degree programs:


Field of Studies

Bachelor degree

Master degree

Marine Technique

  • Shipbuilding
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Ship Power Equipment
  • Ship Electro-power and Automation Systems.
  • Design of Ships and Self-floating Structures
  • Design of Civil Fleet Ships
  • Technology of Ocean Resource Development
  • Marine Technique Power Equipment

Information Science and Computer Engineering

  • Software for Computer Engineering and Automatic


  • Mathematical Modeling in Economics and Technique
  • Information Science in Life Cycle of Complicated Technical Systems
  • Software for Computer Engineering

Natural Sciences

  • Engineering Protection of Environment
  • Mathematical Modeling

Economics and Social Studies

  • Jurisprudence
  • Economics Sociology
  • Production Management




International Education Programmes


SMTU has been teaching international students since the middle of the last century. It allowed us to accumulate vast experience in arranging teaching process meeting students’ aspirations. Now, there are over 400 international students taking courses in SMTU. Most of them come from South-East Asia  and  also from China. International students are an integral part of our student community and we welcome new applicants to join us.

This Diploma Supplement follows the model developed by the European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES. The purpose of the supplement is to provide sufficient independent data to improve the international ‘transparency’ and fair academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates etc.). It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by the individual named on the original qualification to which  this supplement is appended. It should be free from any value judgments, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition. Information in all eight sections should be provided. Where information is not provided, an explanation should give the reason why.


SMTU Diploma supplement





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SPbSMTU and Germanischer Lloyd (GL) signed an agreement on scientific and technical cooperation in innovation projects.

At the initiative of Germanischer Lloyd at the Department created a specialized ship designs audience "GL Auditorium - Bureau of innovative projects."

There, in collaboration with the Academy of GL is supposed to prepare advanced training courses, organize seminars for students and the marine industry, to conduct research and design work in conjunction with GL and other marine companies.

GL also intends to award the graduates of SPbSMTU for success in study with special prizes.


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SPbSMTU (Department of shipbuilding and ocean engineering) and the French Bureau Veritas (BV) signed an agreement on cooperation in training students of the last year and exchange of experts from each side.

Bureau Veritas is a leading international classification society in the monitoring of the design and construction of vessels and equipment for sea shelf. For this purpose, BV develops design and research activities in the field of naval architecture and marine facilities to provide necessary assistance to the industry.

BV also intends to award the graduates SPbSMTU for success in school with special prizes.

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The SMTU has been currently maintaining and increasingly developing close links with overseas Universities, research institutions and companies from Europe, China, South-East Asia, Northern America. International students from all over the world are an integral part of our student community and the University welcomes new applicants to join us.

     Кирилл Всеволодович Рождественский комментирует доклад      FAST 2005


Recently SPbSMTU announces a competition for the scholarship program of British Petroleum and SPbSMTU for students of the second and third courses of specialties or bachelor for eligibility for a scholarship of BP's on 2012/2013 academic year.

КВР со студентами в BP (Лондон)_новый размер  КВР со студентами в ИМИНТ (Лондон)_новый размер


In the summer of 2008 was organized the seminar for students of State Marine Technical University and students of the university of Palermo (Sicily), which was dedicated to the problems of designing high-speed vessels.

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The specialists of shipbuilding and ocean engineering faculty regulary take part in major important international conferences with the leading foreign shipyards, scientific and educational organizations:

GEM 2000 (Ground Effect Machines).

SP 2001 (Ship Propulsion, Lavrentiev Lectures).

World Maritime Forum 2003.

FAST 2005 - International conference on high-speed maritime transport

SubSeaTECH - International Conference on Underwater Technology

STAB-2009 - international conference on stabilizing of the vessel .

Presentation of the journal "Naval Forces"

The St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University (SMTU) is a governmental educational institution subordinated to the Ministry of Education of RF.

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Student practice and field research

The students conducted workshops that provide skills to obtain the design of environmentally sound marine engineering and technology.

Training of students in Sweden, Finland and China are organized.

At St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University aboard the yacht "Khortytsya" and yacht "SELENGA" with the participation of undergraduate and graduate students are carried out field investigations of ecological state of Neva Bay and the Gulf of Finland.

During practice at the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden), 5 th year students performed full-scale opto-acoustic studies in the Baltic Sea.



There are five Faculties, namely:

 Faculty of Natural and Social Sciences and Humanities

 Faculty of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering

 Faculty of Marine Engineering

 Faculty of Marine Electronics and Control Systemes

 Faculty of Business and Management


Each Faculty is run by a Dean who coordinates the work of Departments.

A Department includes teachers and supporting personnel and is headed by a Chief. International students are supervised by the Department of International Affairs and Education.

The Faculty of Natural and Social Sciences and Humanities reflects the great diversity of the present day MTU. It has grown from the School of Engineering Fundamentals that traditionally provided basic instruction for all first and second year students.

The main educational goal of the Faculty is to prepare students for advanced studies in the chosen areas.

In recent years new educational programmes have been developed. They are designed to provide full-course instruction within the Faculty. Five year programmes supervised by the Departments of Mathematics and Physics allow students to qualify as secondary school teachers. Along with the development of degree and Diploma courses in Engineering the MTU is particularly anxious to attract students equally concerned with humanities and social sciences.

Those students who prefer concentrating on social studies can undertake full-time courses leading to a Diploma of Sociologist or a Diploma of Lawyer; one of the options in Jurisprudence courses being International Marine Legislation. The graduates are expected to have job careers far beyond the engineering sphere.

The Departments listed below currently contribute to any Degree or Diploma program:




          Applied Geometry and Computer-aided Drawing

          Materials Science

          Strength of Materials


          Foreign Languages

          Russian Language

          Physical Training

          History and Culture


          Social Sciences

          Political Studies



The Faculty of Marine Engineering has been for many years producing Mechanical Engineers with concentration on marine power installations covering the spheres of research, design, manufacturing, assembling, operation and maintenance of all sorts of ship engines.

At present the distinctions between the traditional branches of Engineering are becoming increasingly artificial as technology brings together new developments from different disciplines. Therefore, besides traditional curricula providing instruction in Mechanical Engineering all educational courses regardless of the specified field include interdisciplinary ingredients.
The basic technical knowledge and skills required for any programme are taught in a core syllabus over the first two years of the course.

Junior and senior subject sequences and further postgraduate instruction reflect the fields of concentration: internal combustion engines, marine turbines and turbine units or nuclear power installations.

The Faculty of Marine Electronics and Control Systems traditionally produced professionals with career prospects in the ocean-related defence sphere. Most of the educational programmes were designed to enable graduates to cope with technologies relevant to naval systems including navigation and control. Following the conversion policy the Faculty has developed new educational programmes focused on training designers and manufacturers of underwater vessel equipment for exploration and use of ocean resources.

New educational goals are reflected in new courses which provide preparation for engineers of the 21-st century capable of design, control and operation of up-todate control systems and navigation instrumentation involving robotics and artificial intelligence technologies for all type of underwater vessels.

The Faculty of Business and Management was originally designed to provide professionals in the sphere of financial activities of the state enterprises with emphasis on the shipbuilding sector. The programmes reflected the policy of the centralised economy that met the demands of the society.

Graduates traditionally had employment at Accounting Departments of shipbuilding plants and research institutions of marine-related industries. They also moved into prestigious positions in different non-profit and government enterprises.

At present the Faculty understands its educational goals as follows:

to produce business economists and managers compatible to meet the challenges of exceedingly changing environment and to equip students with analytic tools and practical skills along with maximum flexibility and adaptability providing their successful professional practice.


Faculty of Naval Architecture and Ocean Technology


St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University is  represented in the project consortium by Faculty of Naval Architecture and Ocean Technology.



The Faculty is a large unit (140 persons of academic staff) and it has 11 Departments.

For nearly half a century the Faculty of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering has been a leading centre for ship research and design and is widely recognised for its contribution to such areas as structural mechanics, applied mathematics, fluid dynamics, marine dynamics, naval architecture and overall ship design.

Grounding upon this historical base the Faculty today provides essential preparation that ultimately enables its graduates to conceive, initiate and direct complex engineering projects.
The requirements for entering any educational programme available at the Faculty begin with basic mathematics, sciences and engineering fundamentals and extend beyond to prepare a professional capable of responding to the broad demands of complex engineering tasks. Through selection of degree and Diploma courses and also elective subjects students can concentrate on hydrodynamics, marine and structural dynamics, applied mathematics, computer science, ocean and offshore technologies, computer-aided design and manufacturing.

According to your preference you can choose to focus on any aspect of research, design and manufacturing of waterborne vehicles operating on, below and just above the sea surface. You may concentrate on high-speed marine vehicles that have brought serious competition to aircraft or on modern ship technology of design and manufacturing aiming to meet the increasingly stricter safety and environmental regulations.


Within the programmes in applied mathematics, fluid dynamics, marine dynamics and structural dynamics you will be emphasised on mathematical tools and physical phenomena along with their applications to practical engineering problems.

You can also take courses concerning all stages of discovering, extraction and delivering offshore resources. Much attention is paid at advanced technologies making the exploration of the Ocean economically attractive and compatible with the environment.

An explosive growth in the use of computers and computation in all spheres of engineering, businesses and service industry was a good reason for developing undergraduate and postgraduate courses providing intellectual tools and skills in computer science. Students are strongly encouraged to improve their understanding of advanced software systems of increased power sophistication and flexibility. Within a Diploma course in Computer Science students are expected to acquire theoretical foundation and practical skills in algorithms, programming languages, operational systems, computer architecture, computer simulation, data base processing, artificial intelligence systems and information technology applications. The course is equipped with up-todate learning facilities including computer laboratories and work stations. The staff of the Computer Science Department is increasingly active in research covering the spheres of structural and system analyses, development of information logical models of knowledge, learning systems, computer simulation of discrete and continuous media.


The curricula of a prospective Marine Engineer regardless of the chosen field, revolves around three central components. The first is a firm foundation in such basics as fluid dynamics, structural mechanics, applied mathematics, energy conversion and computer sciences. The second is a broad expose and skills in design. The third component is the understanding of practical applications of acquired knowledge and skills. The offered courses combine these components in a balanced way to provide an educational base for a rewarding career.


The Faculty staff has wide and continuing research and industrial experience. Learning facilities including a wind tunnel, a ship model towing tank, fluid dynamics and structural dynamics laboratories and computer facilities ensure a variety of opportunities for laboratory experience.


The Faculty is constantly increasing the number of educational programmes aiming to meet personal interests of every student and postgraduate.


Department of Applied Math & Math Modeling


Department of Applied Math & Math Modeling (AMMM) will supervise the project from the faculty.

There are 4 professors in AMMM department.

The chair of the department is Professor Ryzhov.

The range of interests of our scientists is very wide.

It includes the simulation of various physical phenomena, technological, economic processes, etc.

(from modeling of the behavior of aquatic organisms to model of the shipyards operation).

The Centre for Information Technologies is one of the major learning resources available both for current computer studies and for all kinds of research. The modern equipment of the Centre along with the high qualifications of the staff guarantee the up-todate level of studies in Calculus, Computation, Algorithms, Programming, Computer Graphics, Simulation, Software and other subjects of Computer Science. Students and postgraduates are welcome to participate in the research activities of the Centre. Advanced multimedia technologies and computer-aided teaching systems are also in the sphere of the Centre's staff work.

         IIT has a powerful computational framework.

         IIT carries out  the projects with companies in various industries (shipbuilding, shipping, engineering, energetics, etc.).

         IIT is a partner of  Dassault Systemes, Computer Associates, LMS

         IIT and Laboratory of Virtual Simulation  have more than 20 years of experience in the development of different electronic information & learning products and systems


1990-1992 the first interactive Russian LaserVision disk dedicated to Russian Art «Masterpieces from the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg»

1990-1991 interactive learning tutorial «Hydrodynamics: Theory of the wing»

1993 - multimedia CD ROM disk «Russian Software»

1994 - information multimedia CD ROM disk «Karelia»

1995 - multimedia interactive learning system «Jump Into The Depth of Hydrodynamics»

1995-1996 – International K12 telecommunication project «PANGEA»


1996 – the multimedia CD ROM disk «Virtual Saint Petersburg»

1996 - the multimedia interactive learning system  «Banking management» (International Labour Organization  project)

1996 - «GLOSAR/ROSTER» - distance education project (under supervision of Dr. Takeshi Utsumi, Japan)

1996-1997 - interactive learning system  «Modern Mathematical Programming»;

1997 - the multimedia on-line data base  «The Enterprises of Saint Petersburg» (project under supervision of  the Commetee of  Economics and Technical Policy of Goverment of Saint Petersburg)


1998-1999 – interactive learning & modeling system  “Mathematical Hydrobyonics”

2000- 2003 – 3D virtual modeling system «High speed Ship Hydrodynamics»

2004-2006 -  virtual  simulator  «Behavior of the vessels during port loading»

2007-2009 – CFD simulation system «SmartFlow»

2009 -2010 - Airline Operations Simulator

2011 -  Simulation system «Transport flow optimization through the international border crossing points»

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Project news

The  final project meeting of InMotion steering  group and conference  was hold in SMTU and SPbPU in St. Petersburg on 16-18.09.2019. The members of the project steering group get together to report about the results of the project anc coordinate the work on the final report.

You can read more information about these and other events in our Newsletter  Oct 2019




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