Photonics and Quantum Materials

Master of Science Program

Skoltech CPQM       

The Photonics and Quantum Materials MSc program is a joint network-form effort with Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, the Institute for Spectroscopy RAS and the Institute of Solid State Physics RAS. The 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 № 2568 from April 14, 2017. License № 2534 from February 7, 2017.
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, quantum 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 in institutions.

The curriculum covers the main topics in contemporary optics and condensed matter physics. The educational program is structured into three strongly integrated tracks that are realized jointly with academic partners: A) Photonics and Quantum Materials (Skoltech), B) Spectroscopy, Quantum Optics and Nanophotonics (MIPT/ISAN), C) Quantum Nanostructures, Materials, and Devices (MIPT).

Program Director 

Mikhail Skvortsov Associate Professor

Program Coordinator

Sergey Kosolobov
Sergey Kosolobov Leading Research Scientist

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.


Scientific supervisors from IS RAS (Track B)
Scientific supervisors from MIPT Program Quantum Nanostructures, Materials and Devices (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.

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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