AgroBiotechnologies and Engineering
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about the program

The AgroBioTech & Engineering PhD program teaches students to develop research and innovation in the globally dynamic sector of agro-related industries and startups. The track focuses on plant and animal breeding with the implemention of genetic/genomic approaches (including computational methods) and biotechnologies as well as on data-based environmental analysis and digitalization for agriculture. It aims to improve efficiency, sustainability, resilience and profitability of agriculture – one of the most steadily developing sectors of the Russian economy.

Graduates of the program will have outstanding abilities and the necessary skills to:

future career

executive and senior R&D positions in companies of the agri-food sector implementing advanced agbio technologies; among others in plant and animal breeding, seed production, biotechnology, digital farming, crop/livestock smart management, monitoring and optimization, diagnostics and consulting, etc.
continuing research at leading Russian and international universities and research entities
starting a business on their own or through the Skolkovo innovation ecosystem with its extensive pool of experts, partners, mentors, and investors to develop innovative solutions or services in agri-food sector

about Skoltech

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 PhD programs in 8 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.
in details
degree requirements
program structure

A PhD student meets coursework requirements, performs research work, and prepares a thesis for the defense in accordance with the Individual Study Plan during the doctoral education at Skoltech.

Research areas:

1.5.7. Genetics

PhD thesis

PhD students are expected to produce an original PhD thesis, publish the results of their independent research in peer-reviewed academic journals, and present them at reputable international conferences.


The PhD student takes courses at the doctoral level at Skoltech to meet the coursework requirements. A plan for coursework should be developed in consultation with the supervisor following a PhD Program curriculum (year of admission 2024).


The research is the key part of the doctoral studies. It is expected that the PhD student starts his/her thesis research at Skoltech immediately after the start of the program and devotes to it most of his/her time within the doctoral study.

The results of the thesis research are a high quality thesis, publications of research papers in peer-reviewed academic journals, presentations at reputable international conferences, and applications for grants and patents.

Publications and conferences

2 Q1/Q2 papers (in Scimago) in WoS indexed journals and 1 submitted patent (RU/other). At least one first/shared first/corresponding author publication.

2 presentations at reputable conferences.

The application period for Skoltech PhD programs is now open. The second wave deadline is July 5. Collect application documents and upload them to the SIA application acceptance system.

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