Space and Engineering Systems

Master of Science Program

Skoltech SSC

The Space and Engineering Systems program was developed with a unique focus on innovation, hands-on education and accelerated tech.

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 Information Technology and Engineering
Language of instruction
Program is accredited by the Russian Government, certificate № 2568 from April 14, 2017. License № 2534 from February 7, 2017.

Entry requirements
Engineering bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent in aerospace-related areas.
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

The program aims to teach students to find creative solutions taking into account the variety and uniqueness of problems dealing with space science and engineering.

The curriculum components cover Space and Engineering Systems engineering, satellite engineering, space instrument design, space science, as well as human space flight, automation/robotics, and space physiology and medicine, and the entrepreneurship, innovation, and commercialization of space-related technologies.

Space Systems MSc Program Structure

Learning outcomes

  • Graduates will be ready to solve practical problems effectively and develop new products for various academic and industrial areas
  • Graduates will gain the experience, knowledge and vision allowing them to take on a leadership role in taking creative decisions for various projects dealing with space science and engineering that drive innovation and national economic development

Professional outcomes
A successful graduate of the program will be able to:

  • Explain a holistic view of space missions and systems;
  • Engineer (conceive, design, implement and operate) space systems, with an emphasis on space sensors, payloads, and onboard systems;
  • Advance capabilities for manned space exploration
  • Exploit space data for services/applications, such as navigation, EO, TLC;
  • Conduct new observations and measurements from space.



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

Career paths:

  1. PhD positions in academic & research institutions
  2. Specialist positions in the Russian and international Space industry, including Skolkovo resident companies and startups


Program Director
Alessandro Golkar Associate Professor

Main research areas:

  • Remote sensing image processing
  • Autonomous robot navigation
  • 3D-printed, miniaturized Cassinian trap mass spectrometer for space research and general ambient analysis applications
  • Distributed satellite system concepts for Earth Observation and Space Telecommunications
  • Modeling of bioregenerative food production in extreme environments

Student success stories

  • 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)
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