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about the program

Based on world-renowned experimental laboratories and theoretical research groups, the program provides the opportunity to bright physics graduates to grow expertise in a range of cutting-edge areas of research and development, such as nanotechnology, plasmonics, biophotonics, optical computing, quantum technologies, and photonic integrated circuits.

A successful graduate of the program will be able

future career

starting as a researcher in a R&D-intensive company, with a goal of technological development and management
continuing with a career in academic research, with an aim towards a professorship in a leading Russian or international university
joining as an employer or cofounder, either in a Skolkovo startup, somewhere else in Russia or abroad

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:

1.3.3 Theoretical Physics 

1.3.6 Optics

1.3.8 Condensed Matter Physics

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 2023).


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 papers affiliated with Skoltech in journals indexed in Web of Science;

2 conference presentations at a reputable conference.

The application period for Skoltech PhD programs is now open. The first wave deadline is April 15. Collect application documents and upload them to the SIA application acceptance system.

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