Skoltech is an international graduate research-focused university that was founded by the group of world-renowned scientists in 2011. Skoltech's curriculum focuses on technology and innovation, offering Master's programs in 11 technological disciplines. Students receive rigorous theoretical and practical training, design their own research projects, participate in internships and gain entrepreneurial skills in English. The faculty is comprised of current researchers with international accreditation and achievements.

Photonics and Quantum Materials

Master of Science Program

Skoltech Photonics       

The Photonics and Quantum Materials MSc program has strong interdisciplinary research and educational nature, conducted by experts from various areas of physics and material science.

The key features of the Photonics and Quantum Materials program are:

  • Provides world-level research in photonics, biophotonics, and nanoelectronics, including spintronics and polaritonics;
  • Provides strong interdisciplinary collaboration in different fields, spanning physics, material sciences, mathematics, and chemistry;
  • Develops industry immersion, entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives;
  • Expands an educational environment in strong collaboration with Russian and foreign partners;
  • Renowned faculty with international experience and collaborations;
  • Publications in top-level journals.


Key information

Program starts
September 1
 Application dates  

Modes and duration

Full time: 2 years

Tuition fees

No tuition fee for applicants who pass the selection process


Awarded degree
Master of Science in Photonics and Quantum Materials

Field of Science and Technology
03.04.01 Applied Mathematics and Physics

Language of instruction
The program is accredited by the Russian Government, certificate №3539 from April 07, 2021. 
License №2880 from February 05, 2020.
Entry requirements
A Bachelor’s degree or it’s equivalent in physics, chemistry, materials science or electronics. 

It is expected that applicants are able to demonstrate good knowledge of mathematics (calculus, ordinary differential equations, linear algebra, probability) and physics (general physics, electricity, photonic mechanics).

English language requirements
If your education was not conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

Aim and objectives
The aim of the program is to provide knowledge and lab expertise in photonics, biophotonics, and nanoelectronics, as well as to prepare students to apply fundamental science and engineering approaches to higher-level research and industrial tasks.

The program objectives are:

  • To provide students with disciplinary competence and professional proficiency;
  • To perform original doctor-level research projects in physics;
  • To prepare physicists for careers in university teaching, research, and industry.

The curriculum covers the 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 and Nanophotonics, C) Materials, and Devices.

Program Director 

Nikolay Gippius Full Professor

Program Coordinator

Yury Gladush Assistant Professor

MSc Program Structure

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Learning and professional outcomes

A successful graduate of the program will know and be able to:

  • Understand and get a deep insight into physics on an advanced level;
  • Broad knowledge in the fundamental areas of applied physics and advanced theoretical knowledge and experimental training in a sub‐discipline;
  • Apply their knowledge to solve state-of-the-art problems at the appropriate level of their preparation as individuals or as part of a team;
  • Develop general insight into scientific work and the ability to use top-end equipment;
  • Demonstrate the ability to acquire skills to plan and organize research work;
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully complete a research project;
  • Develop a commitment to life‐long learning and professional development.

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.



    Main research areas:

    • Materials and nanostructures for nanoelectronics;
    • Hybrid photonic/optoelectronic devices:
    • Photonic technologies for metrology;
    • Plasmonic structures and metamaterials for nanobiomedicine;
    • Molecular and atomic spectroscopy;
    • Low-temperature technologies.

    Academic and Industrial partners:

    • MIPTISSP, ISAN, University ITMO, Novosibirsk State University, IREE, Moscow State U, MEPhI, ISP, Lebedev PI, Prokhorov GPI, ITEP, Landau ITP, Ioffe PTI, IAP;
    • MIT, Cambridge U, Aalto University, RPI, UA, UNC, NYU, U Southampton, UNT, UTD, Columbia University, Stony Brook U, U California, U Chicago, UIC, U Massachusetts, U Manchester, Darmstadt TU;
    • IPG Photonics;
    • Russian Space Systems;
    • RTI;
    • OKB Planeta;
    • T8;
    • Luxtaltek;
    • IBM;
    • Terasense.


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