Life Sciences
Master of Science in Biotechnology

Biotechnology and bioinformatics are among the most dynamic and rapidly evolving areas of modern science. Make the leap into the future and join Skoltech's Life Sciences program to become a sought-after professional capable of dealing with challenging tasks and developing groundbreaking solutions in biomedicine, genetics, pharmaceuticals and other fields.
Modes and duration:
2 years (full-time)
Application deadline:
July 16, 2018
Tuition fees:
no tuition fee for the applicants who pass the selection process
Our MSc students:
Gain advanced knowledge and skills in molecular biology, gene engineering, pharmacology, bioinformatics, and neuroscience
Master the field's cutting edge methods, technologies and tools and learn to use them in practice
Apply a multidisciplinary approach drawing from mathematics, statistics, probability theory and other sciences to address the pressing tasks of biotechnology
Acquire hands-on experience in preparing and conducting experiments and analyzing and interpreting their results
Gain international research experience working for diverse teams and labs worldwide (MIT, Washington University, Tel Aviv University, University of Santiago, etc.)
Choose from a multitude of fields and career paths ranging from research labs to multinational biomedical companies.
What makes Skoltech stand apart from other universities
is its extraordinary environment that will make your MSc studies
a major life milestone:
Lectures and practical classes are given by world-renowned experts. Students can refine and focus their own specific path, by choosing from a variety of courses.
Science is firmly integrated into the education process: each student conducts his/her own research projects.
Real-life experience
We provide industrial immersion summer projects: 8-week projects at leading industrial companies, where students turn their knowledge and skills into action.
We supplement your academic training with courses that provide the skills and knowledge to commercialize ideas
and research findings.
Mobility: over a third of our students participate in various academic mobility programs working as trainees or researchers at such leading universities as MIT, Harvard University, National University of Singapore, University of Calgary and many others.
Global environment: the student body is from 40+ countries, together with professors and researchers from internationally renowned labs and universities. The working language (and instruction) at Skoltech is English.
Life: once enrolled, you will get a chance to attend major international conferences, participate in science and student competitions, and work on your own projects and initiatives outside of the curriculum.
Student package: Skoltech students are entitled to a monthly scholarship starting from 40,000 RUB (around 550 EUR) and health insurance.
Our graduates shape their own futures by choosing from variety of career opportunities
in industry, science and business:
Landing bioinformatics, genetics and biomedical positions with major biomedical companies and startups.
Landing PhD positions and continuing research at leading Russian and international research entities.
Starting a business on their own or through the Skolkovo innovation ecosystem with its extensive pool of experts, consultants and investors.
The program has a renowned faculty with international experience
and broad network of collaborations:
Program Director:
Mikhail Gelfand
Program Coordinator:
Nina Popova
Professor, Director of the Center of Life Sciences
Assistant Professor
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Program Structure:

The 2-year program comprises compulsory and recommended elective courses on the most important topics, wide set of elective courses (depending on research and professional needs of the student), entrepreneurship and innovation component, research activity and 8 weeks of industrial immersion.

Track A:
Track B:
А (Biotechnology)
B (Bioinformatics)
Compulsory and Recommended elective courses (36 credits)

Compulsory Lecture Courses
Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology Seminar
Bioinformatics Lab Course

Compulsory and Recommended Labs:
Basic Molecular Biology Techniques
Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory Practice

Cell Biology Lab Course
Advanced Bioinformatics Lab

Transgenic Models for Drug Discovery

Recommended Lecture Electives
Introduction to Data Science
Mathematical Modeling in Biology
Evolutionary, Population and Medical Genomics
Comparative Genomics
Instrumental Methods in Molecular Biology
Developmental Biology
Imaging in Biology
RNA Biology
Stem Cells
Academic writing

Elective Courses (24 credits)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (12 credits)
Innovation Workshop
Industrial Applications of Biomedical Science
Ideas to Impact: Foundations for Commercializing Technological Advances
Intellectual Property and Technological Innovation

Research and MSс thesis project (36 credits)

Industrial Immersion (12 credits)
Academic Partners:
  • Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University
  • Far Eastern Federal University
  • Kazan Federal University
  • Russian State Agrarian University (Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy)
Industrial Partners:
  • Atlas
  • Genotek
  • Generium
  • Agroplazma
  • Sirius
  • MiLaboratory
  • M&S Decisions
  • ATP Labs Ltd

  • Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), BioCubaFarma
  • Philip Morris International R&D
  • TransAlgae
  • InsideDNA
  • Analytical Spectrometry
  • Evogene
  • Visual Science
  • DNK-sintez
Partners of student academic mobility programs:
  • University of Santiago, Chile
  • TAU (Tel Aviv University), Israel
  • Texas A&M University, USA
  • Texas Medical Branch, USA
  • MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), USA
  • Institute, Keck School of Medicine of USC, University of Southern California, USA

  • Washington University, USA
  • Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • National Institute of Health in Bethesda, USA
  • Micalis Institute, Allée de Vilvert, France
  • Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Switzerland
Mail research direction:
  • Bacterial CRISPR-Cas immunity; genome editing, new antibiotics
  • Study of Long Noncoding RNA in cancer and liver pathology, targeted and non-targeted drug delivery
  • Dopamine transporters, receptors, signal transduction and GPCR regulatory mechanisms in dopamine-related functions and behaviors

  • The ubiquitin ligases in cancer
  • Variation of gene expression in adult and embryonic stem cells and stem cell subpopulations
  • Evolutionary genomics of bacteria
  • Three-dimensional structure and functional state of chromatin
The academic achievements of Skoltech students have been widely recognized by the scientific community. In 2016, Sergey Shmakov, MSc in Biotechnology and currently a Skoltech PhD student, won the prestigious USA National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award for his outstanding genetics research. The award is presented annually to honor scientists for their remarkable achievements and leadership skills.
Entry requirements:
Relevant bachelor's degree, or its equivalent
in Biology, Chemistry, Agro, IT, Physics, Medicine, Mathematics.
English language:
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
Applications are accepted till July 16, 2018 inclusive.
The admission and enrolment process includes several steps:
Prepare all documents and submit your application by filling in the form on Skoltech's web site.
Online selection
Take a profile online test. You will be notified by e-mail about your specific date and time.
Final selection
The final round takes place in Moscow. You have to pass TOEFL ITP exam on site or present a valid TOEFL certificate, and pass an interview. Extra written examinations are possible on some programs within the same selection weekend.
Based on the results of each applicant's overall performance, we will make a list of students to be enrolled free of charge.
The admission campaign is open!
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Applications are accepted till July 16, 2018 inclusive:
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phone: +7 (495) 280-1481
address: 3 Nobel Street, Skolkovo, 143026, Russian Federation
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