Master of Science Program
The key features of the Mathematical and Theoretical Physics program are:
- Cutting edge research in fundamental concepts of theoretical physics;
- Covers the lack of joint education in physics and mathematics;
- Special emphasis on the research activity of students themselves;
- Provides a unique educational environment in the fields of theoretical and mathematical physics;
- Renowned faculty with international experience and collaborations;
- Incorporates a variety of disciplines covering major topics in mathematical methods;
- Diverse and strong collaboration with international and Russian partners and publications in top journals.
| Application dates
|Modes and duration
Full time: 2 years
No tuition fee for applicants who pass the selection process
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.
Field of Science and Technology
03.04.01 Applied Mathematics and Physics
Relevant Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent in mathematics, applied mathematics and physics.
It is expected that applicants to Track A of the program should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following topics:
Basics of combinatorics, elements of group theory, linear algebra, topology, limits of sequences and functions, derivatives and differentials, geometry: affine and projective spaces, maps, second-order curves (conics), complex analysis, ordinary differential equations, classical mechanics, classical electrodynamics. (See the details here).
Applicants to Track B must demonstrate excellent knowledge of:
1. Quantum mechanics (in the scope of the Landau-Lifshitz course)
2. Mathematics (calculus, linear algebra, basic complex analysis, differential equations)
The entrance exam in quantum mechanics is equivalent in complexity to the Landau theoretical minimum.
|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.
Solid knowledge of theoretical physics and the ability to apply it in order to perform reliable calculations of real physical effects are crucially important for the valuable interpretation of new experimental findings as well as for the development of successful ideas towards new technological applications.
Aim and objectives
The program is aimed first and foremost at giving researchers a grounding in mathematics and deep knowledge of mathematical physics. It also offers students the chance to pursue an in-depth study of the fundamental models of modern theoretical physics. Students are expected to take part in research projects alongside eminent specialists, teachers, and foreign colleagues specially invited to participate. The crux of our students’ scientific career involves compulsory scientific seminars and mandatory attendance at summer and winter scientific schools.
This program has no analogs abroad and can be compared only with the Master’s program in mathematical physics at the Department of Mathematics of the Higher School of Economics (HSE). That said, the programs at Skoltech and the HSE do not compete with each other. In fact, they complement each other. An agreement signed by Skoltech and the HSE combines the programs and they are organized and run as a consolidated educational program.
The main scope of the Theoretical Physics program is to provide top-level education and professional training for specialists in the field of contemporary theoretical physics, with emphasis placed on condensed matter theory. Solid knowledge of theoretical physics and the ability to apply it in order to perform reliable calculations of real physical effects are crucially important for the valuable interpretation of new experimental findings as well as for the development of successful ideas towards new technological applications. Graduates of the program should have the skills of a modern researcher in this field and meet the highest professional requirements of leading Russian and international research and educational centers. They must have a broad professional vision, know the relevant methodological approaches, and have sufficient skills to participate in research projects.
The program is realized in a network form with academic partners: the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Professor, Director of Skoltech Center for Advanced Studies
The key tenets of our Mathematical and Theoretical Physics educational program are compulsory scientific seminars (including student seminars) and a strong scientific community. Students study tailored, individual courses approved by their supervisors, who determine the range of selected courses depending on the specific area of the student’s scientific study. We put emphasis on students’ independent scientific study that encourages their rapid fundamental scientific (and career) growth.
MSc Program Structure
Learning and professional outcomes
A successful graduate of the program will know and be able to:
- Apply mathematics and modern methods of theoretical physics to the most advanced problems of present fundamental science;
- Use a high level of mathematical education (in algebraic geometry, topology, representation theory) and theoretical physics (quantum field
theory, integrable systems, statistical mechanics and complex systems, etc.) to continue a successful career in the most popular directions in
science and technology;
- Apply the culture of scientific discussion and ability to carry scientific research to function in the scientific research community or
- Continue education and research within the PhD program at Skoltech and leading scientific centers in Russia and abroad.
A successful graduate of the program will know and will be able to use:
- Mathematical methods of contemporary theoretical physics, including complex analysis, topology, functional integrals, multi-dimensional asymptotic methods;
- Analytical methods and approaches to the broad range of physical problems: phase transitions (classical and quantum), thermodynamics and kinetics of mesoscopic systems and nanostructures, quantum field theory, hydrodynamics, quantum transport of charge, spin and heat, quantum-coherent effects in macroscopic systems, including qubit’s theory and engineering.
Main research directions:
- Algebraic geometry;
- Representation theory;
- Symplectic geometry;
- Category theory;
- Integrable systems;
- Super-symmetric gauge theories and conformal theories.
- Mesoscopic electronic systems;
- Superconducting hybrid structures;
- Quantum phase transitions;
- Quantum Hall effect;
- Quantum magnetism and topological order;
- Physics of quantum computation.
- PhD positions in academic & research institutions;
- Specialist positions in various economy sectors including Skolkovo resident companies and startups.