Photonics & Quantum Materials
Master's Program in Applied Mathematics and Physics
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about the program

The Photonics & Quantum Materials curriculum is centered on an extensive educational program in modern solid-state physics, quantum technologies and photonics, providing a broad education in the field, along with innovation and commercialization courses, which teaches students to leverage their new-found knowledge. In addition to foundational courses, students can choose from a wide range of optional courses to tune their experience to their specific interests. All students are expected to carry out an experimental or theoretical project within Skoltech's research groups and laboratories, typically leading to publication in peer-reviewed international journals. Graduates commonly continue their career in academia or pursue research positions in research-intensive companies.

Available tracks

Applied Photonics

The track is aimed at studying modern aspects of optics and photonics, such as laser physics, optical communications, nanooptics, biophotonics.

Quantum technologies

The track offers the possibility to students to focus their research on leading aspect of quantum technology and materials, including superconducting quantum technology, nanotechnology and quantum spectroscopy.

Joint programs:

The possibility of obtaining a double diploma with the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). To enroll in this program, you must submit documents for enrollment in both MIPT and Skoltech.

The opportunity to carry out a joint research project with IPG Photonics (IRE-Pole), which allows students to work on applied projects under the guidance of both representatives of industry and academia. As a rule, a research project is associated with high-power fiber lasers and their various applications.

the key features of the Photonics and Quantum Materials MSc are

future career

successful carreer in R&D intensive companies within Russia and abroad, for instance in Tinkoff, Megafon, IPG Photonics, A* Singapore, ASML & Huawei Research
PhD, either within Skoltech or in other leading academic institutions such as the Weizmann Institute of Science, MIPT, EPFL, MSU, University of Berlin, Cambridge University etc.
launching a startup based on their own research or individual ideas, or to join the team of a young startup, such as Skolkovo residents PICTechs, NovaPrint 3D and TetraQuant

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 Master's programs in 12 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.
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program structure

Students complete a minimum of required courses and then build their own curriculum competing by choosing from 200+ electives in various disciplines.


Students conduct real research with full access to Skoltech's advanced research laboratories. This reseach can also make up their final master's thesis.

industrial immersion and internship

In the summer between 1st and 2nd years of study, students gain practical experience in an 8-week long internship at leading corporate and research organisations.


Each program includes courses about commercialising projects, intellectual property law and business skills to prepare Skoltech graduates in their ventures and careers.

The application period for Skoltech master's programs is now open. The second wave deadline is May 27. Collect application documents and upload them to the SIA application acceptance system.

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