Master of Science
in Biotechnology
about the program
Skoltech Life Sciences program trains sought-after professionals capable of tackling challenges in bioinformatics, biomedicine, genetics, neurobiology, drug design, and other fields. Its graduates contribute to scientific progress, advance basic research, and develop groundbreaking technology.
  • Mode, duration
    2 years (full-time)
  • Language
  • Fees
    Full tuition coverage
  • Upcoming deadline
    Apply for the competitive selection by July 15, 2024
  • Benefits
    Monthly scholarship (up to 55.000 rub/month), relocation & accommodation, private medical insurance (in accordance with Skoltech policies)
our students:
gain advanced knowledge in the emerging areas of molecular biology, gene engineering, pharmacology, and bioinformatics, OMICS technologies, neurobiology, agrobiotechnology
develop hard and soft skills indispensable in a future career
master cutting-edge methods and technologies and learn to implement them in research
gain hands-on experience in designing and carrying out experiments, as well as analyzing and interpreting results
choose from a multitude of fields and career pathways ranging from research labs to multinational companies
The 2-year program comprises compulsory and recommended elective courses on the most important topics, a wide range of elective courses (depending on the student's research and professional needs), components of entrepreneurship and innovation, research activity and 8 weeks of industrial immersion.

A key component of your studies is independent research work at world–class laboratories
  • Microbiology: bacterial adaptive immunity, development of new antibiotics
  • Immunology: individual repertoires of T-cell receptors and antibodies in health and disease
  • Cellular and molecular biology: regulation of gene expression, noncoding RNAs, plant biology and genetics
  • Computational biology and bioinformatics: structural proteomics, functional genomics, evolutionary biology, metagenomics
  • Omics technologies: proteomics, lipidomics, metabolomics
  • Development of instrumentation and diagnostics: mass-spectrometry, test-systems for detection of pathogens, prediction of health risks, brain-computer interfaces
  • Biomedicine: immunology, drug development, AI-guided neuro research for rehabilitation
Every program dedicates time for students' independent research as a core part of their curriculum. Skoltech hosts over 40 world-class laboratories. Students have full access to the facilities throughout their studies and can conduct research based on their interests
future career
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 entities
starting a business on their own or through the Skolkovo innovation ecosystem with its extensive pool of experts, partners, mentors and investors
Skoltech maintains close ties with leading companies in industries and academia.

Industrial partners:
Applications for competitive selection can be submitted online. The bigger part of the selection process is conducted online, and only the final stage takes place offline at the Skoltech campus
Prepare your portfolio (in English):
  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Diploma or transcript from the university
  • Certificates and awards
Submit your application
Upload your materials into the SIA application system (
Online testing
Every candidate must take an online subject test. You will be notified via email about the specific date and time of your test.

Examination for the Life Science Master's program will include a compulsory test in 4 subjects: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Molecular Biology.

Applicants will also be asked to choose and complete an elective test in one of the following subjects: General Biology, Agrobiotechnology or Neurobiology.

sample compulsory test
sample elective test
sample compulsory and elective tests (NEW)
Final stage
The final selection takes place in Moscow. You have to pass an English exam on site or present a valid certificate of English proficiency, and take an in-person interview and entrepreneurship challenge. Extra written examinations may be required for certain programs during this time (you will be notified in advance). In case you're not from Moscow, we can accommodate you in the Skoltech dorms for the selection weekend period.
You will be enrolled in Skoltech based on the results of all the competitive selection procedures
entry requirements
Knowledge, skills and educational background sufficient for successful enrollment
Relevant bachelor's degree, or its equivalent in biology, chemistry, agro, IT, physics, medicine or 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.
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    Skolkovo, 121205, Russian Federation
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