Master of Science
in Applied Mathematics and Physics
Photonics and quantum materials are among the most important areas of modern science and technology. Our MSc program provides world class education and research in photonics, bio-photonics and nanoelectronics – our students will be prepared to apply fundamental science and engineering approaches to higher-level research and industrial tasks.

Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
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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
Apply before:
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)
The key features of the Photonics and Quantum Materials program are:
Organized in joint network form with Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Develops broad knowledge of fundamental areas of Applied Physics and advanced theoretical knowledge and experimental training in a sub‐discipline
Covers main topics in contemporary optics and condensed matter physics
Gives the experience of application of acquired knowledge and skills to state of the art science and industry problems as individuals or as a part of the team
Provides strong interdisciplinary collaboration in different fields, spanning physics, material sciences, mathematics biophysics, and chemistry
Provides general insight into scientific work and ability to use top-end equipment, organize and successfully complete a research project
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.

Track A:
Photonics and
Quantum Materials
Track B:
Spectroscopy, Quantum Optics and Nanophotonics
Track C:
Quantum Nanostructures, Materials and Devices
Compulsory and Recommended elective courses (36 credits)

Compulsory Courses
Quantum Mechanics
Fundamentals of Photonics

Recommended Elective Courses
Statistical mechanics and kinetics
Introduction to Solid State Physics
Advanced Quantum Mechanics
Transport in Mesoscopic Systems
Spectroscopy of Quantum Materials
Laser Physics
Optical Communication
Carbon Nanomaterials
Physics of Colloids and Interfaces
Fabrication Technology of Nanodevices
Review of Materials and Devices for Nano- and Optoelectronics
Biomedical Application of Photonics
Experimental Optics
Quantum Optics
Superconducting Quantum Technologies
Aerosol Science and Technology
Laser Spectroscopy
Foundations of Engineering Physics
Molecular Spectroscopy
Condensed Matter Spectroscopy and Physics of Nanostructures
Quantum Theory of Radiation and Quantum Optics
Practicum in Experimental Physics
Magnetic Phenomena at Macro-, Micro- and Nanoscales
Physics of Semiconductor Bulk Crystals and Nanostructures
Physics of Partially Disordered Systems
Introduction to Surface Physics

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)
Academic Partners (Russian):
  • MIPT
  • ITMO
  • NSU
  • IREE
  • MSU
  • MEPhI
  • ISP
  • Lebedev PI
  • Prokhorov GPI
  • ITEP
  • Landau ITP
  • Ioffe PTI
  • IAP
  • Institute of Spectroscopy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISAN)
Academic Partners (International):
  • MIT
  • University of Cambridge
  • Aalto University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • UA
  • UNC
  • NYU
  • University of Southampton
  • UNT
  • UTD
  • Columbia University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of California
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Manchester
  • Darmstadt Technical University
Industrial Partners:
  • IPG Photonics
  • IBM
  • Russian Space Systems
  • RTI
  • OKB Planeta
  • T8
  • Luxtaltek
  • Terasense

Main research areas
  • Materials and nanostructures for nanoelectronics
  • Hybrid photonic/optoelectronic quantum devices and quantum information
  • Photonic and quantum technologies for metrology
  • Plasmonic structures and metamaterials for nanobiomedicine
  • Molecular and atomic spectroscopy
  • Low-temperature quantum technologies
Our graduates shape their own futures by choosing from a variety of career opportunities in industry, science and business:
Landing specialist positions with major companies in the power industry or related sectors with high demand for energy and IT competences.
Landing PhD positions and continuing research at leading Russian and international research entities.
Starting a business on their own or through the Skolkovo innovation ecosystem with its extensive pool of experts, consultants and investors.
Entry requirements:
Knowledge and skills:
General Physics (mechanics, electro-magnetism, thermodynamics), Analysis, Linear algebra, Basic probability, Programming. High level of English proficiency.
Bachelor Degree in Mathematics or Physics or Bachelor Degree in Engineering (Electric or Mechanical).

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 sample:
Keep in mind that the structure of exam can be changed
following the decision of program committee.
what our students say
The program has a globally renowned faculty with international experience and a broad network of collaborations:
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