MSc Programs

Each of Skoltech’s two-year Master’s programs comprise 120 ECTS credits. Year 1 focuses on strengthening theoretical background, and Year 2 is mostly devoted to research.

Skoltech’s MSc 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 and experiential skills. In the final week, unique capstone projects are designed to drive creativity, enabling students to solve problems and develop new approaches to engineering challenges in the subject area.

All curriculum elements (courses, projects) are classified into categories – streams, each with responsibility for developing certain graduate qualities (Learning Outcomes Framework). To ensure that students benefit from the unique features of a Skoltech education, the number of credits per stream (degree requirements) is set and applies to all students who want to graduate with a Master’s degree from Skoltech.

  • Stream 1. Science, Technology and Engineering Learning Experiences – (STE) (36 ECTS credits)

This mix of compulsory and electives 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 (Main responsibility for Learning Outcomes Framework 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 4.2, practicing 2.1, 3.1-4).

  • Stream 2. Sector Learning Experiences (Sector) (12 ECTS credits)

Through an early professional experience (industrial immersion project (Industrial Immersion) or research immersion project), students will gain professional skills 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).

  • Stream 3. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Learning Experiences (E&I) (12 ECTS credits)

Innovation and entrepreneurship courses, starting with the compulsory Innovation Workshop, are related to the full innovation process from first identification of needs and opportunities, to the exploitation (commercialization and entrepreneurship), leading to economic or other impacts. During 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).

  • Stream 4. Research and MSc Thesis Project and Diploma (MSc Thesis) (36 ECTS credits)

Stream 4 includes Early Research Project, Thesis Research Project and Thesis Defense, with all three as compulsory curriculum elements. The MSc thesis project ties the learning together in a major research project and students report in oral and written form. Projects should draw on earlier science and technology, sector and/or innovation work, and connect research with innovation. (Main responsibility for Learning Outcomes Framework 1.1 – 1.5, 3.1, 3.4, 4.1-4.5).

  • Options (24 ECTS credits)

Skoltech MSc students will have a good deal of flexibility, in collaboration with their research advisor, to design their own pathway to complement the program requirements.  Students can do so either with elective courses throughout the course catalogue as well as additional research and/or E&I projects. (Main responsibility for Learning Outcomes Framework 1.4).

Students can choose courses from the Course Catalog and extracurricular activities to build their individual trajectory and to prepare for job placement.

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