Master of Science
in Biotechnology
Biotechnology and bioinformatics are among the most vibrant and rapidly developing areas of modern science. Enroll in 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
the application period for 2021 start is now closed
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 employment.
Lectures and practical classes conducted by world-renowned professors and experts.
Students' individual research projects carried out at Skoltech laboratories.
An 8-week summer industry immersion program at leading companies turning knowledge and skills into action.
Courses on entrepreneurship and innovation that provide skills, as well as 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 areas of molecular biology, gene engineering, pharmacology, and bioinformatics
Develop hard and soft skills indispensable in a future career
Master cutting edge methods, technologies and learn how to implement them in 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 pathways ranging from research labs to multinational companies
Program structure:
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
Basic Molecular Biology Techniques

Recommended Electives:
Introduction to Life Sciences program
Introduction to Programming for Biologists
Mathematical Modeling in Biology
Protein Chemistry and Engineering
Introduction to Plant Biology
Evolutionary, Population and Medical Genomics
Instrumental Analysis in Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology of Sensory Systems
Next Generation Sequencing – Experimental Protocols and Data Analysis
Research Methodology: Molecular Biology
Structural Bioinformatics
Molecular Neurobiology
Plant Molecular Biology lab
Plant Biotechnology lab
Cell Biology Lab Course
Omics Data Analysis
Transgenic Models in Drug Discovery
Plant Genetics
Research Methodology: Bioinformatics
Imaging in Biology
Biomaterials and Nanomedicine
Advanced Biostatistics in Agronomy
RNA Biology
Cancer Biology
Topics in Neurobiology Seminar
Modern Plant Breeding

Elective Courses (24 credits)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (12 credits)
Technology Entrepreneurship: Foundation
Entrepreneurial Strategy
Leadership for Innovators
Hack Lab: Laboratory for Ideas
Startup Workshop
Ideas to Impact: Foundations for Commercializing Technological Advances
Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship
IoT: Launching New Products & Startups
Business Communication
Technology Planning and Roadmapping: Foundation
Technology Planning and Roadmapping: Advanced
Intellectual Property, Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Technology Entrepreneurship: Advanced
Technological Innovations: from Research Results to a Commercial Product
Developing Products and Services through Design Thinking

Research and MSс thesis project (36 credits)

Industrial Immersion (12 credits)

English Toolkit
Academic Writing Essentials
Master Your Thesis in English
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
  • Molecular mechanisms of transcription, novel RNA polymerases
  • Plant Molecular Biology, Agrobiotechnologies
  • Molecular plant-microbe interactions, phytopathology
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 your portfolio
Prepare your application materials.
Submit your application
Upload your materials into the application system and submit your application.
Online testing
Every candidate must take an online profile test. You will be notified by email about the specific date and time of your test.
In-person 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. Extra written examinations may be required for certain programs during this time (you will be notified in advance).
Exam samples:
Examination for 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.
what our students say
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