Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology
Format and duration:
2 years, full-time
Language of instruction:
student scholarship from
40 000 RUR/month,
no tuition fees
the application period for 2021
start is now closed
The devastating effects of climate change and limited fossil fuel reserves have become an apparent problem in the last 15 years. This sparked the creation of new technologies like renewable generation, distributed generations, storage facilities, and electric vehicles, all of which require high-powered research, industrial developments and people specialising in energy systems. The specialists working on these solutions must understand and apply today's digital tools to create efficient and effective instruments.
Skoltech's (TOP-100 Young Universities 2019 Nature Index) Master's program in Energy Systems is an interdisciplinary educational track at Skoltech with a focus on Power Systems Control and Optimization, Smart Grids, Energy Conversion, Power Electronics and Energy Markets. The broad educational program builds upon core and target area courses taught by faculty members of Center for Energy Science and Technology and elective courses delivered by members of other CREIs including Center for Computational and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering (CDISE) and Skoltech's Space Center (SSC).
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Why energy systems?
2 billion
electric cars will be built by 2050
up to 60x
growth of alternative energy is expected by 2050
up to 80%
of all generated electroenergy will be advisable to submit via feed through power
from 32%
is the share for renewable energy by 2030 (EU target)
is the main energy trend and driver for clean and carbon-free economy
120 nations
worldwide have undertaken the initiative of generating power through renewable energy sources and its storage in a cost-efficient manner (as of 2015)
Energy Systems is a fascinating field with challenges for:
/energy engineers/
/alternative energy engineers/
  • Design, develop, or evaluate energy-related projects or programs to reduce energy costs or improve energy efficiency
  • Design new systems that create or use renewable fuels
/data scientists/
/ES modelling experts/
/ML experts/
  • Help to increase performance, predict occasional failures in the functioning and reduce maintenance costs
/electrical engineers/
/power systems engineers/
  • Apply the physics and mathematics of electricity, electromagnetism, and electronics to design and develop new electrical equipment and systems, to solve problems, and to test equipment
/government advisors/
/R&D managers/
  • Help government and business create their energy politics and agenda
  • Solve fundamental problems in energy systems
Why earn your
Master's at Skoltech?
Skoltech is an international English-speaking STEM university ranked as one of the top 100 Young Universities in the Nature Index.
Research-based teaching
All Skoltech faculty and academic staff are engaged in internationally recognized scientific research across a wide range of topics. We incorporate findings from this research into teaching.
Globally renowned
Teaching staff are the acting research professors who implement advanced technology projects with leading companies in the field.
The labs in the campus (Energy Storage, Smart Grid, Heat Exchange and Electricity, Computational Materials Science) are equipped with industry-standard technological machines, hardware and software.
International study & Industrial experience
All courses are taught in English. Top students are granted internships for international studies (up to 6 months). The majority of students' projects are in collaboration with industry partners.
A wide network of industrial partnerships with major energy market players as well as with small companies and startups, which helps us to adjust our research agenda and make it more applicable.
Program graduates work in energy and IT sector. Alternative option is undertaking the research degrees (PhD) in Russia (Skoltech) or overseas (Newcastle University, Caltech).
Students of the Energy Systems Master's program conduct their research using some of the most advanced laboratory equipment and facilities.
Skoltech has strongly established connections with leading companies in the industry and academia
Industrial partners
Academic & research partners
Degree structure
Degree structure and components
choose courses, design your individual study plan, discover opportunities to visit world-leading universities and international conferences, explore the integration of research, education and innovation
Lectures and seminars
Free choice of disciplines. Courses are developed by professors who have worked in the best universities in the world
Independent research work on your own project based on Skoltech laboratories
Courses in innovation and entrepreneurship, providing knowledge and skills for the commercialization of scientific research
8-week internship at one of the leading companies in the industry

2 years of master's studies are equivalent to 120 ECTS credits. They are awarded for the courses taken, but also for research work, disciplines in entrepreneurship and innovation, and an internship in the industry.

Compulsory and Recommended courses:
  • Fundamentals of Power Systems
  • Energy Systems Physics & Engineering
  • Research Seminar: Energy Systems & Technologies
  • Power Electronics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Smart Grids
  • Power Markets and Regulations
  • Optimization Methods
  • Non-Equilibrium Processes in Energy Conversion
  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Introduction to IoT
  • Experimental Data Processing
  • Numerical Methods in Engineering and Science
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Machine Learning
  • Thermal Fluid Sciences
  • Electrochemistry: Fundamentals to Applications
  • Uncertainty Quantification
  • More recommended courses in the Skoltech Course catalog

Entrepreneurship and Innovation:
  • Leadership for Innovators
  • Hack Lab: Laboratory for Ideas
  • Startup Workshop
  • Ideas to Impact: Foundations for Commercializing Technological Advances
  • Intellectual Property, Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Technological Innovations: from Research Results to a Commercial Product
  • Developing Products and Services through Design Thinking
  • More courses in the Skoltech Course catalog
    Main Research Areas and Groups
    Research Areas
    • Smart and Resilient Power Grids
    • District Heating Systems
    • Natural Gas Systems
    • Coupled Energy Infrastructures
    • Energy Markets and Regulation
    • Power Electronics and Devices
    • Thermal and Thermo-Electric Devices
    What our students say
    Maria Goldstein
    BSc, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology → MSc, Skoltech → Be Close (startup)
    Skoltech time was the most effective and productive for me, because the program is aimed at practical skills as well as theoretical ones. Moreover, all the people are highly motivated and active there so you have no chance to get bored. I think that the most significant example for me was that I stayed at the university till 2 am being eager to perfectly complete all the homework assignments because they were so interesting. Skoltech took me back to the scientific area I liked and I was ready to discuss energy systems topics all the time :) I got so much knowledge at Skoltech I still use. I totally recommend this university. It combines the perfect way of studying with a lot of talented people.
    Maxim Parshin
    BSc, Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University → MSc, Skoltech → ABB
    As a student of the Energy Systems program, I was able to get unique knowledge in different fields of the energy industry, to learn advanced solutions in power converter equipment and renewable energy sources, to familiarize myself with modern tools of efficient management and planning of energy systems. But one of the key achievements was the significant improvement of my English relating to the energy sector, which now significantly facilitates my collaboration with foreign colleagues. Skoltech provides the opportunity for students to develop their most challenging ideas, provided that the latter are truly relevant in the world scientific community.
    Oluwaseun Enoch Oladimeji
    BSc, University of Ibadan → MSc, Skoltech → PhD, Skoltech
    Studying Energy Systems in Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology puts you at a distinct advantage. You're exposed to new and cutting-edge research methodologies while being taught by seasoned and respected professors and research scientists who are at the top of their discipline. At the end of your MS program you will have a big challenge of choice. It will not be about "what to do next" but which of the various open paths you should pursue.
    Nina Kharlamova
    BSc, Ural Federal University → MSc, Skoltech → PhD, Technical University of Denmark
    Skoltech and the Energy Systems program became a great school of life for me because I was challenged in many ways. I have learned not to rely on the first impression, since from the very beginning it was breaking stereotypes about higher education.

    Skoltech gives you skills that are very useful, and, yet, hard to obtain. For instance, the course of Prof. Ouerdane within the Energy Systems program has not only given me valuable insights into how to conduct research, but also showed served as an example of a professor who truly cares for students and supports them if they need help. My Skoltech experience and the Energy Systems program in particular allowed me to become competitive on the job market and develop standards of work culture and teamwork.
    Dmitry Kryukov
    BSc, Novosibirsk State Technical University → MSc, Skoltech → PhD, Skoltech
    Studying on the Energy Systems program gives you a significant degree of freedom in choosing what exactly you want to do. This is especially true for the choice of courses. You are not limited to just the thermodynamic or electrical applications of your knowledge, but you can afford to delve deeper into mathematics, fundamental physics, or even economics. In other words, everything that constitutes the essence of the concept of Energy can become the topic of your research. Of course, everything depends on you, but if you want to fully unleash your potential, then Energy Systems is your choice.
    enjoy courses and supervision under world-renowned scientists and engineers
    the admission and enrollment process includes several steps
    Admission requirements
    Knowledge and skills:
    Linear algebra, Basic probability, Programming, General Physics (mechanics, electro-magnetism, thermodynamics).

    • Bachelor Degree in Engineering (Electric or Mechanical), or Bachelor Degree in Mathematics, Computer Science or Physics.
    Application requirements
    • Resume or CV
    • Motivation letter
    • 2 Letters of recommendation
    • Diploma or current transcript
    • English language certificate (TOEFL, IELTS), if any
    • Other relevant documents: awards, certifications, achievements
    Sample entrance exams
    Prepare your portfolio
    Prepare your application materials.
    Submit application
    Upload your materials into the application system and submit your application.
    Online testing
    Every candidate must take an online subject test. You will be notified by email about the specific date and time of your test.
    Interviews (online)
    The final admissions stage will take place online this year. You will need to pass an interview with the admissions committee, participate in an entrepreneurship challenge and take an English language test.
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