Engineering Systems
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about the program

The multidisciplinary nature of the Skoltech Engineering Systems PhD program combines principles of science and engineering, systems thinking, and management to address complex technological and societal challenges. The program is designed to train a new generation of scientists and engineers able to carry out independent research, develop innovative solutions and strategies, and address challenges in a wide range of sectors of the industry. Skoltech’s highly qualified faculty guide and encourage their PhD students to gain expert knowledge in their chosen field, contribute through original research to the corpus of scientific and technical knowledge, and develop a strong awareness of the needs in industry and the wider society to prepare a sustainable future. Opportunities are offered to students to collaborate with industry partners and engage in hands-on projects, helping them gain practical experience and develop professional skills. Hence, in addition to sharp technical competences, PhD students develop transferable professional skills that are much sought after by employers worldwide; these skills include complex problem formulation and solving, team working in different environments, reporting, oral and written communication in English to name a few.

research areas
successful graduates of the program are competent in one or more of the following fields of science

future career

positions in the private and public engineering sectors
pursuing scientific activity in leading Russian and foreign universities and scientific organizations
starting a business on your own or through support of the Skolkovo Innovation Center ecosystem

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 7 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:

1.2.2 Mathematical Modeling, Numerical Methods and Software

2.3.1 System Analysis and Information Processing

2.3.3 Automation and Control of Technological Processes

2.3.7 Computer Modeling and Design Automation

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

3 peer-reviewed publications in WoS/Scopus indexed journals/conference proceedings of which at least 2 as first author in the corresponding fields:

one publication in Q1/Q2 journals (in Scimago);

one publication in conference proceedings with H>=10 (in Scimago) or in journal;
one publication in journal or in conference proceedings, or patent.

2 presentations at reputable conferences.

The application period for Skoltech PhD programs is now closed. To apply for the 2025 start, check back in autumn.

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