Space and
Engineering Systems
Master of Science
in Information Systems and Technology
This program combines study of the general principles of complex engineering system construction with participation in satellite, drone and robotic systems-building projects. The program is also aimed to provide the fundamental skills in data analysis for the development of complex system applications fostering the synergies and interdependencies between engineering, industry and space science (satellite imagery and communications, satellite navigation, remote sensing and in-situ data of space weather). We teach students to find creative solutions to the biggest challenges of space and robotics industries.

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 graduates will possess fundamental knowledge in the field of system design and practical skills in the creation of complex systems. They will be able to:
explain a holistic view of space missions and systems
exploit space data for services/applications, such as navigation, EO, TLC
conceive, design, implement and operate space systems, with an emphasis on space sensors, payloads, and onboard systems
conduct new observations and measurements from space
advance capabilities for manned space exploration
build a career or create a startup in field of space and robotics industry
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:
Experimental Data Processing
Systems Engineering
Control Systems Engineering
Space Sector Course

Recommended Electives:
Mathematics for Engineers
Spacecraft and Mission Design
Introduction to Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
Data Analysis for Space Weather
Advanced PLM techniques: Digital Design and Optimization
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
Advanced PLM techniques: Product Prototyping
Integrated Product Development
Advanced PLM techniques: Testing and Model Validation
Systems Architecture

Elective Courses (24 credits)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (12 credits)
Innovation Workshop
Ideas to Impact
Leadership for Innovators
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)

Academic and Industrial Partners:
R&D solutions
for the global industry
Supporting national
policy framework
Network of Academia
Leading institutes
Industrial immersion
companies (e.g.)
  • Airbus
  • Topcon
  • Russian Space Systems
  • Rostec
  • Cognitive Technology
  • Government of the Russian Federation
  • Ministry of Education and Science
  • Roscosmos
  • National Technology Initiative
  • Space applications and research consultancy
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • The University of Tokyo
  • National Higher French Institute of Aeronautics and Space
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne
  • University of Graz and Kanzelhöhe Observatory, Austria
  • Royal Observatory of Belgium
  • Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy
  • Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
  • Nimb
  • Krylov All-Russian Oil and Gas Scientific Research Institute, JSC
  • Lorett
  • Obrazovanie buduschego
  • RHEA Group
  • RoboCV
  • Samsung
  • Scanex
  • Tsuru Robotics
  • Warden Machinery
  • German Orbital systems
Main research areas
Strategic thinking
  • CEDL and conceptual design
  • PLM and digital manufacturing
  • Technology mapping and roadmapping
  • Swarm control
  • Distributed satellite system concepts for Earth Observation and Space Telecommunications
Autonomous systems
  • Space Tech (small sats and HAPS design)
  • Intellegent Robotics Lab
  • Remote sensing services
  • Navigation
  • Artificial intelligence in space systems
  • Wireless communications for integrated systems
Space enabled services
  • Advanced space studies
  • Planetary and space science
  • Space weather
  • Remote sensing image processing
Our graduates shape their own futures by choosing from a variety of career opportunities in industry, science and business:
Landing specialist positions in the Russian and international Space and Robotics industry, including Skolkovo resident companies and startups.
Landing PhD positions and continuing research at leading Russian and international research bodies.
Starting a business on their own or through the Skolkovo innovation ecosystem with its extensive pool of experts, partners, consultants and investors.
Entry requirements:
Relevant bachelor's degree, or its equivalent in aerospace-related areas.
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
Anton Ivanov
Associate Professor
Program Coordinator
Tatiana Podladchikova
Assistant Professor
Professor of the Practice, Associate Provost, Dean of Faculty and Postdoctoral Affairs
Leading Research Scientist
Expert, Professor of the Practice
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Senior Research Scientist
Assistant Professor
+ Guest lecturers: Professionals from among the acting or former leaders of the NASA, Roscosmos, and ESA, founders of aerospace companies, and heads of the world's leading research organizations
We give our students all the necessary knowledge, skills and power
to make big achievements:
Ekaterina Kotenko-Lengold: second prize at SLUSH, position of vice president of Astro Digital company.

Hripsime Matevosyan, PhD Student (Prof. Golkar): Emerging Space Leader Award (2015), International Astronautical Federation.
Ignasi Lluch I Cruz, PhD Student (Prof. Golkar), «Innovative Earth Observation Missions» Paper Competition (2015), OHB System (DE).
Dominik Knoll, PhD Student (Prof. Golkar), Selected as Top 10 paper of SECESA 2016 conference (60 submissions).
Natalia Glazkova, PhD Student (Prof. Rupert Gerzer), the 3rd Prize of Booster Programme at the Sevan Startup Summit in Armenia for the project Sense2Beat – a heart monitoring biosensor with clinical-grade accuracy.
Team of Skoltech students won Russian selection round of top European robotics competition EuroBot, represented Russia and got 5th position globally.
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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