Theoretical Physics

Master of Science Program

The main scope of the Theoretical Physics program is to provide top-level education and professional training for specialists in the field of contemporary theoretical physics, with the emphasis on condensed matter theory. Skills include: analytical and numerical calculations of various physical effects, professional communication with experimental condensed-matter physicists and engineers working in related high-tech technology areas.

Key information


Program starts
September 2018
Modes and duration
Full time:
2 years
Tuition fees
No tuition fee
 for the applicants who pass the selection process

Application dates
All applicants:

Open: December 16, 2017

Awarded degree
Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Physics
Language of instruction
Program is accredited by the Russian Government, certificate № 2568 from April 14, 2017. License № 2534 from February 7, 2017.

Entry requirements
Successful candidates must demonstrate excellent knowledge of:
1. Quantum mechanics (in the scope of the Landau-Lifshitz course)
2. Mathematics (Calculus, Linear algebra, basic Complex analysis, Differential equations)
The entrance exam in Quantum mechanics is equivalent in complexity to the Landau theoretical minimum.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

Degree information

Solid knowledge of theoretical physics and ability to apply it in order to perform reliable calculations of real physical effects are crucially important for valuable interpretation of new experimental findings as well as for development of successful ideas towards new technological applications.

Graduate of the program should have the skills of a modern researcher in this field and to meet the highest professional requirements of leading Russian and international research and educational centers. They must have a broad professional vision, know the relevant methodological approaches, and have sufficient skills to participate in research projects.

The program curriculum covers the main topics in contemporary theoretical physics: quantum field theory, phase transition, quantum transport, disordered systems, mesoscopic and low-dimensional quantum systems. The courses introduce powerful modern methods of conformal field theory and nonlinear sigma-models. Lectures are typically accompanied by extensive individual problem solving that enables students to practically apply the gained knowledge.

Compulsory courses:
Theory of phase transitions
Introduction to the theory of disordered systems
Advanced quantum mechanics

Recommended courses:
Introduction to the quantum field theory
Quantum mesoscopics. Quantum Hall effect.
One-dimensional quantum systems
Theory of disordered systems: Functional methods

Learning outcomes
A successful graduate of the program will know and will be able to use:
1. Mathematical methods of contemporary theoretical physics, including: complex analysis, topology, functional integrals, multi-dimensional asymptotic methods
2. Analytical methods and approaches to the broad range of physical problems: phase transitions (classical and quantum), thermodynamics and kinetics of mesoscopic systems and nanostructures, quantum field theory, hydrodynamics, quantum transport of charge, spin and heat, quantum-coherent effects in macroscopic systems, including qubit’s theory and engineering.

Professional outcomes
A successful graduate of the program will be able to:
1. Formulate actual problems in a specific branch of physics
2. Solve physical problems by means of mathematical and computational methods
3. Read and understand modern physics papers and reviews
4. Give professional talks on physics, present the results to different audiences in a good oral and written manner.
5. Participate constructively in physical seminars and discussions with experimental physicists and engineers



Career opportunities and paths
Theoretical Physics Msc program was developed to meet the high demand of condensed-matter theorists on the growing national and international academic and hi-tech markets. Graduates of the program are competitive to start an international research career in any top-level university or to join engineer’s team in a high-tech company.


Mikhail Skvortsov and scientific supervisors from the L. D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics RAS: Igor Burmistrov, Mikhail Feigelman, Yakov Fominov, Alexei Ioselevich, Igor Kolokolov, Vladimir Lebedev, Yuriy Makhlin, Konstantin Tikhonov.


Students are actively involved in research from the very beginning of their studies.

Main research directions:

  • Mesoscopic electronic systems
  • Superconducting hybrid structures
  • Quantum phase transitions
  • 2DEG and quantum Hall effect
  • Spintronics
  • Quantum magnetism and topological order
  • Physics of quantum computation


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