and Quantum Materials

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Physics

Photonics and quantum materials are among the most important areas of modern science and technology. Our MSc program provides world class education and research in photonics, bio-photonics and nanoelectronics – our students will be prepared to apply fundamental science and engineering approaches to higher-level research and industrial tasks.
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
The Key features of the Photonics and Quantum Materials program are:
Organized in joint network-form with Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Institute for Spectroscopy RAS and Institute of Solid State Physics RAS
Develops broad knowledge of fundamental areas of Applied Physics and advanced theoretical knowledge and experimental training in a sub‐discipline
Covers main topics in contemporary optics and condensed matter physics
Gives the experience of application of acquired knowledge and skills to state of the art science and industry problems as individuals or as a part of the team
Provides strong interdisciplinary collaboration in different fields, spanning physics, material sciences, mathematics biophysics, and chemistry
Provides general insight into scientific work and ability to use top-end equipment, organize and successfully complete a research project
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 specialist positions in various industry sectors (Electronics, Optics, Medtech, etc.)
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 Skvortsov
Associate Professor, Director of the Skoltech Center for Photonics and Quantum Materials
Program Coordinator:
Sergey Kosolobov
Leading Research Scientist
Adjunct Professor
Associate 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:
Photonics and
Quantum Materials
Track B:
Spectroscopy, Quantum Optics and Nanophotonics
Track C:
Physics and Technology
of Nanostructures
(Photonics and Quantum Materials)
(Spectroscopy, Quantum Optics and Nanophotonics)
(Physics and Technology of Nanostructures)
Compulsory and Recommended elective courses (36 credits)

Compulsory Courses
Fundamentals of Photonics
Quantum Mechanics

Recommended Elective Courses
Introduction to Solid State Physics
Advanced Solid State Physics
Hybrid Photonics
Quantum Optics
Spectroscopy of Quantum Materials
Laser Physics
Non-linear Optics
Fiber Optics
Biomedical Application of Photonics
Fundamentals Device Physics
Carbon Nanomaterials
Quantum Phenomena in Nanosystems
Transport in Mesoscopic Systems
Review of Materials and Devices for Nano- and Optoelectronics
Advanced Quantum Mechanics
Methods of Experimental Physics
Molecular Spectroscopy
Fourier Spectroscopy of Condensed Matter
Quantum Informatics
Laser Spectroscopy
Foundations of Engineering Physics
Physics of Semiconductor Bulk Crystals and Nanostructures
Physics of Partially Ordered Systems
Technology of Thin Film Deposition
Introduction to Surface Physics
Magnetic Phenomena at Macro-, Micro- and Nanoscales

Elective Courses (24 credits)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (12 credits)
Innovation Workshop
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 (Russian):
  • MIPT
  • Institute of Solid State Physics RAS
  • ISAN
  • ITMO
  • Novosibirsk State University
  • IREE
  • Moscow State University
  • MEPhI
  • ISP
  • Lebedev PI
  • Prokhorov GPI
  • ITEP
  • Landau ITP
  • Ioffe PTI
  • IAP
Academic Partners (International):
  • MIT
  • Cambridge University
  • Aalto University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • UA
  • UNC
  • NYU
  • University of Southampton
  • UNT
  • UTD
  • Columbia University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of California
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Manchester
  • Darmstadt Technical University
Industrial Partners:
  • IPG Photonics
  • IBM
  • Russian Space Systems
  • RTI
  • OKB Planeta
  • T8
  • Luxtaltek
  • Terasense

Entry requirements:
Bachelor's degree, or its equivalent in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or Electronics.
Knowledge and skills:
Mathematics (Calculus, Ordinary differential equations, Linear algebra, Probability), Physics (General physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Quantum mechanics).
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
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