MATHEMATICAL
&
THEORETICAL
PHYSICS
Master of Science
in Applied Mathematics and Physics
about the program
The program provides a solid foundation in mathematics, a deep understanding of mathematical physics, and an opportunity for in-depth study of theoretical physics. Emphasis on independent research encourages students to acquire knowledge and skills essential for fast personal development and a successful scientific career.
  • Mode, duration
    2 years (full-time)
  • Language
    English
  • 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)
joint tracks
shape your educational experience by choosing joint tracks with the leading universities
  • General and Applied Physics, specialization Quantum Field Theory, String Theory and Mathematical Physics

    The joint track with Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
  • General and Applied Physics, specialization Problems of Theoretical Physics

    The joint track with Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
  • Mathematics

    The joint track with the Higher School of Economics
our students
01
choose their own educational path and take courses tailored to their research needs
02
gain the skills of a modern researcher, meeting the highest professional standards of top Russian and international research and educational centers
03
pursue PhD studies at Skoltech or other leading Russian and international academic institutions
04
participate in research projects on their own or alongside top experts from Russia and beyond
05
develop a culture of scholarly discussion, research project skills, and ability to work in research teams and multidisciplinary groups
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), elements of entrepreneurship and innovation, research activity, and 8 weeks of industrial immersion.

research
A key component of your studies is independent research work at world–class laboratories. The following research areas are available for you:
  • Topology
  • Algebraic geometry
  • Representation theory
  • Symplectic geometry
  • Category theory
  • Integrable systems
  • Supersymmetric gauge theories and conformal theories
future career
Our graduates shape their own futures by choosing from a variety of career opportunities in industry, science, and business.
science
Landing PhD positions and continuing research at leading Russian and international research entities.
industry
Landing specialist positions in various industry sectors that require fundamental knowledge of mathematical and theoretical physics.
startup
Starting a business on their own or through the Skolkovo innovation ecosystem with its extensive pool of experts, consultants and investors.
admissions
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.
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registration
Prepare your portfolio (in English):
  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Diploma or transcript from the university
  • Certificates and awards
2
submit your application
Upload your materials into the SIA application system (apply.skoltech.ru)

Note: If you are applying for joint tracks, you should submit your application to both the partner university and Skoltech.
  • For more information about the joint track with HSE, contact Sergey M. Oskolkov at smoskolkov@hse.ru.
  • For more information about joint tracks with MIPT, contact pk.magistr@mipt.ru
3
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.

exam sample
exam sample (NEW)
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final stage
The final selection stage takes place in Moscow. You have to pass an English exam on site, or present a valid proof 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, Skoltech offers accommodation in its dorms for the selection weekend.
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enrollment
you will be enrolled in Skoltech based on the results of all competitive selection procedures
entry requirements
Knowledge, skills, and education background sufficient for successful enrollment into the program.
education
Relevant bachelor's degree, or its equivalent in mathematics, applied mathematics and physics.
knowledge and skills
Basics of combinatorics, elements of group theory, linear algebra, topology, limits of sequences and functions, derivatives and differentials, geometry: affine and projective spaces, maps, second-order curves (conics), complex analysis, ordinary differential equations, classical mechanics, and classical electrodynamics. More details here.
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.
faculty
Enjoy courses and supervision by world-renowned professors and research scientists.
application
The application period for Skoltech master's programs is now open. The third wave deadline is July 15. To apply, press the button below.
Contact us
e-mail: admissions@skoltech.ru
phone: +7 (495) 280-1481_ext.3387

address: 30с1 Bolshoi boulevard,
Skolkovo, 121205, Russian Federation
Room E-R3-2026
We are more than happy to meet visitors Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 18:00. Please arrange a visit 48 hours in advance by contacting admissions@skoltech.ru