Master of Science
in Information Systems & Technology
This program combines study of the general principles of complex engineering system construction with participation in satellite, drone and robotic systems-building projects. The program is also aimed to provide the fundamental skills in data analysis for the development of complex system applications fostering the synergies and interdependencies between engineering, industry and space science (satellite imagery and communications, satellite navigation, remote sensing and in-situ data of space weather). We teach students to find creative solutions to the biggest challenges of space and robotics industries.

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
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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 graduates will possess fundamental knowledge in the field of system design and practical skills in the creation of complex systems. They will be able to:
explain a holistic view of space missions and systems
tо create new services in navigation, communications, earth observation and space environment
conceive, design, implement and operate space systems, with an emphasis on space sensors, payloads, and onboard systems
conduct new observations and measurements from space
to design, build and test your own satellite (CubeSat)
build a career or create a startup in field of space and robotics industry
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.

Main research areas:
Systems Engineering
  • Concurrent engineering
  • Use of AI in systems engineering
  • Digital engineering and product lifecycle
  • Conceptual design of engineering systems (aerospace, oil and gas etc)
  • Strategic thinking
Spacecraft Design Technologies
  • Space system development technologies
  • Smallsats and CubeSats development
  • Orbital mechanics and attitude control
  • Hardware and software for space applications
  • AI in space applications
Intelligent Robotics
  • Adaptation of SLAM techniques to applications
  • Haptics and AR/VR technologies
  • Precise robot control indoor and outdoor
  • Swarms of robots or satellites
Applications and Exploration
  • Use of AI in Remote Sensing (analysis of forests and carbon cycle)
  • Space weather (Solar physics)
  • Mars exploration
R&D solutions
for the global industry

  • Airbus
  • Topcon
  • Russian Space Systems
  • Rostec
  • Cognitive Technology
Supporting national
policy framework
  • Government of the Russian Federation
  • Ministry of Education and Science
  • Roscosmos
  • National Technology Initiative
  • Space applications and research consultancy
Network of Academia
Leading institutes
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • The University of Tokyo
  • National Higher French Institute of Aeronautics and Space
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne
  • University of Graz and Kanzelhöhe Observatory, Austria
  • Royal Observatory of Belgium
  • Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy
  • Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
  • Royal Observatory of Belgium to Hvar Observatory, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy to European Space Agency
Industrial Immersion
companies (e.g.)
  • Nimb
  • Krylov All-Russian Oil and Gas Scientific Research Institute, JSC
  • Lorett
  • Obrazovanie buduschego
  • RHEA Group
  • RoboCV
  • Samsung
  • Scanex
  • Tsuru Robotics
  • Warden Machinery
  • German Orbital systems
Our graduates shape their own futures by choosing from a variety of career opportunities in industry, science and business:
Landing specialist positions in the Russian and international Space and Robotics industry, including Skolkovo resident companies and startups.
Landing PhD positions and continuing research at leading Russian and international research bodies.
Starting a business on their own or through the Skolkovo innovation ecosystem with its extensive pool of experts, partners, consultants and investors.
Entry requirements:
Relevant bachelor's degree, or its equivalent in aerospace-related areas.
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:
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:
Program Director
Anton Ivanov
Associate Professor
Program Coordinator
Tatiana Podladchikova
Associate Professor
Professor of the Practice, Associate Provost, Dean of Education
Leading Research Scientist
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Senior Research Scientist
Associate Professor
Lev Rapoport
Assistant Professor
Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Associate Professor
Research Scientist
Research Scientist
Research Intern
+ Guest lecturers: Professionals from among the acting or former leaders of the NASA, Roscosmos, and ESA, founders of aerospace companies, and heads of the world's leading research organizations
We give our students all the necessary knowledge, skills and power
to make big achievements:
Ekaterina Kotenko-Lengold: second prize at SLUSH, position of vice president of Astro Digital company.

Hripsime Matevosyan, PhD Student (Prof. Golkar): Emerging Space Leader Award (2015), International Astronautical Federation.
Ignasi Lluch I Cruz, PhD Student (Prof. Golkar), «Innovative Earth Observation Missions» Paper Competition (2015), OHB System (DE).
Dominik Knoll, PhD Student (Prof. Golkar), Selected as Top 10 paper of SECESA 2016 conference (60 submissions).
Natalia Glazkova, PhD Student (Prof. Rupert Gerzer), the 3rd Prize of Booster Programme at the Sevan Startup Summit in Armenia for the project Sense2Beat – a heart monitoring biosensor with clinical-grade accuracy.
Team of Skoltech students won Russian selection round of top European robotics competition EuroBot, represented Russia and got 5th position globally.
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