MSc Programs

Skoltech Master programs are two-year programs (120 credits, calculated according to the ECTS).

Skoltech’s M.Sc. Programs blend scientific knowledge with hands-on research, application, and entrepreneurship. Eight-week courses provide a six-week instruction in the disciplinary and theoretical frameworks, 1 week of assessment complemented by one-week application periods that address practical skills. In the final week, unique capstone projects challenge students to integrate work from across the courses. These capstone projects are designed to drive creativity, enabling students to solve problems and develop new approaches to engineering challenges.

All curriculum elements (courses, projects) are classified into categories – streams, each with responsibility for developing certain graduate qualities (Please refer to Skoltech Learning Outcomes Framework).

  • Science, Technology and Engineering Learning Experiences – (STE)
    Courses, short-term research projects

These courses provide the scientific and engineering fundamentals, including disciplinary and interdisciplinary structure of knowledge. Courses include learning activities for application and development of skills, and fostering a deep working understanding of the fundamentals. In early research experiences students will learn about the research process, and become junior researchers. (Main responsibility for Learning Outcomes Framework 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 4.2, practicing 2.1, 3.1-4)

  • Sector Learning Experiences (Sector)
    Courses, professional “sector” projects (internships)

Sector courses are related to the dynamics of a specific industrial sector ecosystem, including how the technical, social, political, economic and regulatory systems work. Through an early professional experience students will become a professional in the sector. The aim is to develop the knowledge and skills for making an impact in an industrial sector through engineering and innovation. (Main responsibility for Learning Outcomes Framework 4.1)

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Learning Experiences (E&I)
    Courses, short-term E&I projects

Innovation and entrepreneurship courses are related to the full innovation process from first identification of needs and opportunities, until exploitation (commercialization and entrepreneurship), leading to economic or other impact. In early innovation experiences students will learn about the generic process of innovation, acquire the skills and self-confidence necessary for innovation, and become junior innovators. (Main responsibility for Learning Outcomes Framework 1.3, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5)

  • Diploma Thesis (Thesis)

The thesis ties the learning together in a major project and is reported in writing and orally. Projects should draw on earlier science and technology, sector and/or innovation work, and connect research with innovation.

Minimum Degree Requirements

While Skoltech M.Sc. students will have a good deal of flexibility to design their own pathway through the program, to ensure that students benefit from the unique features of a Skoltech education, a minimum number of credits per stream (minimum degree requirements) is set and applies to all students who want to graduate with a Masters degree from Skoltech.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

Science, Technology and Engineering Stream (STE)

  • 48 credits minimum (36 credits minimum of coursework)

Sector Stream

  • 12 credits minimum (at least 1 sector experience project (6 credits minimum))

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Stream (E&I)

  • 12 credits minimum of coursework

Diploma Thesis

  • 30 credits default (24 minimum)

The remaining 24 credits may be fulfilled with credits from any of the above streams, with non-stream credits, or with credits earned at other institutions, if Skoltech recognizes the credits and associated learning outcomes.

For additional information on each program, please visit the dedicated program pages

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