Photonics and Quantum Materials

Master of Science Program


The MSc program Photonics and Quantum Materials is the joint network-form effort with Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Institute for Spectroscopy RAS and Institute of Solid State Physics RAS. The program has a strong interdisciplinary research and education nature, conducted by experts from various areas of physics and material science.

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: October 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
Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or Electronics.

Writing exam
Consists of 5 math tasks (Calculus, Ordinary differential equations, Linear algebra, Probability) and 2 physics tasks (Quantum mechanics, Electricity, General physics).

In 15 min presentation candidates are expected to present their research and academic achievements during the bachelor studies.

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 (a score of 80 on the TOEFL iBT, 450 on the TOEFL ITP or 6 on the IELTS).

Degree information

The aim of the program is to provide knowledge and lab expertise in electronics and optoelectronics, as well as to prepare students to apply their learning outcomes in fundamental science and engineering for high level research and industrial applications.

The curriculum covers main topics in contemporary optics and condensed matter physics. The educational program is structured into three strongly integrated tracks: A) Photonics and Quantum Materials, B) Spectroscopy, Quantum Optics and Nanophotonics, C) Physics and Technology of Nanostructures, realized jointly with Academic Partners.

Photonics and Quantum Materials MSc Program Structure

Academic, Scientific and Innovation outcomes

  • Transparent, flexible, stretchable and conducting films based on carbon nanotubes for screen sensors
  • Efficient light sources utilizing hybrid quantum materials and high-temperature plasma
  • Novel elements of low-temperature nanoelectronics
  • Raman and terahertz instruments
  • Optoelectronic devices with plasmonic waveguides
  • In vivo photoacoustic imaging of cells/tissues and biosensing based on nanoplasmonics



Career opportunities and paths
Students graduating with a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics are in great demand throughout the international high-tech market.

Career paths:

  1. PhD positions in academic & research institutions
  2. Specialist positions in various economy sectors including Skolkovo resident companies and startups


Program Director
Ildar Gabitov Professor, Director of the Skoltech Center for Photonics and Quantum Materials
Program Coordinator
Mikhail Skvortsov Associate Professor
Scientific supervisors from IS RAS (Track B)
Scientific supervisors from ISSP RAS (Track C)

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
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