Master of Science in Materials Science and Technolgy of Materials
Format and duration:
2 years, full-time
Language of instruction:
student scholarship from
40 000 RUR/month,
no tuition fees
applications for the next selection wave are accepted until March 21
Modern industry is in great need of professionals in materials science ready to develop new materials and devices for application in renewable energy, consumer electronics, healthcare, and other areas. Our practical approach gives our graduates the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills for success in nearly any science or engineering topic, including electronics, energy, chemicals, automotive industry, and other sectors.
Skoltech's (TOP-100 Young Universities 2019 Nature Index) Master's program in Materials Science is an interdisciplinary educational track at Skoltech relating to research in various focus areas including Advanced Materials, Energy, Space, Biology, Computations. The broad educational program builds upon several courses taught by faculty members of Center for Energy Science and Technology and elective courses delivered by members of other CREIs including Center for Photonics and Quantum Materials and Center for Design, Manufacturing and Materials.
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Why materials science?
by $3.40 billion
the global core materials market is expected to grow by 2027

$205.4 billion

by 2026 from $98.9 billion in 2021 the global market for smart displays should grow
would not exist without recent advances in materials science
at a rate of 8.3%
the global Lightweight Materials market is forecasted to grow from $145.73 billion in 2019 to $276.81 billion in 2027
of the cost of damage, or between $375-875 billion, could result in global savings implementing corrosion prevention best practices could result in global savings
for regional industry and education: the outflow of properly skilled materials scientists exceeds their generation
Materials Science is an versatile field with interesting challenges for:
/materials engineers
/quality engineers
Work with various materials to improve their performance, or create new materials to help advance technologies or products; test, monitor and report on the quality of products
/computational modeling specialist
Predict and understand materials properties
/product development scientist
Work across the manufacturing industry on products such as medicine or food
/technical sales engineer
Use your technical knowledge along with sales skills
Solve fundamental problems in materials science
/policy advisors
Consult the businesses and government
Why earn your Master's at Skoltech?
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.
Study with world-renowned award winning professors (median h-index>30).
Unique facilities for state of the art research in materials science.
International study and 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.
Unique courses and expertise
Unique multi-lecturer courses in materials science with annual updates for latest developments in the subject. And leading expertise in several areas including materials for energy storage and conversion, computational materials science, hierarchically structured materials.
Program graduates work in the aviation, energy, medical industries and R&D. Alternative options include developing their own startups on the basis of the Skolkovo ecosystem or pursuing research degrees (PhD) in Russia (Skoltech) or overseas (TU Delft, University of Texas in Austin, etc.).
Skoltech has strongly established connections with leading companies in the industry:
Our research partners:
Degree structure
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:
  • Survey of Materials
  • Materials Survey
  • Material Structure Characterization Methods (optional for track C)
  • Computational Chemistry and Materials Modeling
  • Applied Materials and Design (optional for tracks A and B)
  • Electrochemistry: Fundamentals to Applications
  • Structure and Properties of Materials
  • Advanced Materials Modeling
  • Carbon Nanomaterials
  • Aerosol Science and Technology
  • Fabrication Technology of Nanodevices
  • Composite Materials and Structures
  • Fundamentals of Additive Technologies
  • Nanocomposites
  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Introduction to Solid State Physics
  • Fundamentals in Methodology of Scientific Research
  • Research Seminar "Advanced Materials Science"
  • Research Seminar "Computational Materials Science"
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation:
  • 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
    Main Research Areas and Groups
    Research Areas
    • Materials and devices for energy conversion and storage
    • Methods development for materials modeling
    • Materials and devices for optoelectronics
    • Nanomaterials
    • Materials synthesis and characterization
    • Materials modeling
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    Faculty members
    Program Director
    Keith Stevenson
    Professor, Associate Provost, Dean of Research
    Program Coordinator
    Andriy Zhugayevych
    Assistant Professor
    Professor, Director of the Skoltech Center for Energy Science and Technology
    Assistant Professor
    Visiting Professor
    Visiting Professor
    Assistant Professor
    Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
    Adjunct Professor
    Admission requirements
    Knowledge and skills:
    If your education has not been conducted in English, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

    • Bachelor's degree, or its equivalent
      in Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science.
    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 between January and July 2021, 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. Extra written examinations may be required for certain programs during this time (you will be notified in advance).
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