Master of Science in Biotechnology
Biotechnology and bioinformatics are among the most vibrant and rapidly evolving areas of modern science. Enroll on Skoltech Life Sciences program and become a sought-after professional capable of cracking challenges in biomedicine, genetics, pharmaceuticals and other fields. You will be accelerating scientific progress, advancing basic research, envisioning forthcoming technologies.

Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
Skoltech is a new global research university created in collaboration with MIT. The new campus, designed by Herzog de Meuron, is home to 40 world-class labs with best-in-class equipment, globally renowned professors and students from 40+ countries.
Mode, duration:
2 years (full-time)
no tuition fees for those who successfully pass the selection
Student pack:
monthly stipend (40 000 RUB), medical insurance
Apply before:
July 16, 2019
The MSc program is 2 years long: the first year is to strengthen your theoretical background, and the second year is to focus on research. Students have the freedom to choose courses and extracurricular activities to shape their individual trajectory, acquire soft skills, and gain entrepreneurial skills to prepare for job placement.
Lectures and practical classes by world-renowned professors and experts
Individual research project in Skoltech labs
8-week summer industrial immersion at leading companies to turn knowledge and skills into action
Courses on Entrepreneurship and Innovation that provide skills and knowledge to commercialize ideas and research findings
+ Academic mobility at leading global universities (on a competitive basis)
Our MSc students:
Gain advanced knowledge in the emerging arears in molecular biology, gene engineering, pharmacology, bioinformatics, and neuroscience
Develop hard and soft skills indispensable in a future career
Master cutting edge methods, technologies and learn how to implement them in future research
Apply a multidisciplinary approach drawing from mathematics, statistics, probability theory and other disciplines to address the pressing issues of biotechnology
Get hands-on experience in designing and carrying out experiments as well as analyzing and interpreting results
Gain multinational research experience working with 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.
The 2-year program comprises of compulsory and recommended elective courses on the most important topics, a wide set of elective courses (depending on the research and professional needs of the student), components of entrepreneurship and innovation, research activity and 8 weeks of industry immersion.

Compulsory and Recommended elective courses
(36 credits)
Compulsory Courses:
Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology Seminar
Basic Molecular Biology Techniques

Recommended Electives:
Introduction to "Life Sciences" program
Introduction to Plant Biology
Mathematical Modeling in Biology
Evolutionary, Population and Medical Genomics
Instrumental Analysis in Molecular Biology
Cell Biology Lab Course
Bioinformatics Lab
Imaging in Biology
Transgenic Models for Drug Discovery
Comparative Genomics
RNA Biology
Biomedical Mass Spectrometry
Advanced Bioinformatics Lab
Cancer Biology
Cardiovascular integrative physiology
Topics in Neurobiology Seminar

Elective Courses (24 credits)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (12 credits)
Innovation Workshop
Ideas to Impact
Business Communication
Thinking Disruptive for a Big Future
Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Intellectual Property and Technological Innovation
New Product Design: from Idea to Market Launch
Management of Research & Development
Technology Entrepreneurship

Research and MSс thesis project (36 credits)

Industrial Immersion (12 credits)
Major research topics
  • Adaptive bacterial immunity, genome editing, novel antibiotics
  • Discovery and validation of new drugs, development of liver-specific therapeutic antisense/siRNA/sgRNA
  • Individual T cell receptor and antibody repertoires in health and disease
  • Evolutionary genomics, systems biology, functional and comparative genomics, mutations in germline and in cancer
  • Noncoding RNAs, RNA maturation
  • Fluorescence labeling and imaging of biological models, development of novel mass-spectrometers
  • Genome-driven selection for agriculture
Our graduates shape their own futures by choosing from a variety of career opportunities in industry, science and business:
Landing bioinformatics, genetics and biomedical positions with major companies and startups
Landing PhD positions and extension of the research in leading Russian and international scientific bodies
Starting a business on their own or through the Skolkovo innovation ecosystem with its extensive pool of experts, partners, mentors and investors
Entry requirements:
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent in Biology, Chemistry, Agro, IT, Physics, Medicine, Mathematics.
English Language:
If your education has not been conducted in English, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
  • Your CV (ENG)
  • Motivation letter (ENG)
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Diploma or transcript
  • Your certificates and awards, achievements and other materials for portfolio
Selection process:
Prepare the application pack and submit your application by filling in the form on the Skoltech website.
Online selection
Every candidate must take an online profile test. You will be notified by email about the specific date and time of your test.
Final selection
The final round takes place in Moscow. You have to pass the TOEFL ITP exam on site, or present a valid TOEFL certificate and pass an interview. Extra written examinations may be required for certain programs during the 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 program has a globally renowned faculty with international experience
and a 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
The admission campaign is open!
To apply, click the button below.
Applications are accepted till July 16, 2019 inclusive:
phone: +7 (495) 280-1481
address: 3 Nobel Street, Skolkovo, 121205, Russia Federation

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