MSc Program

Mathematical and Theoretical Physics – Master of Science Program

Contemporary mathematical physics is a melting pot where new methods and ideas beneficial for both
areas are created.
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 National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE).
The latter is not a competitor but a partner. The advantage of the program at Skoltech is the unique position which can bring together students with excellent mathematical backgrounds from HSE, as well as students with physics backgrounds from schools such as the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Key information

Program starts
September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 2 years

Tuition fees

No tuition fee for the applicants who pass the selection process

Application dates / all applicants

Open: December 16, 2016.
Close: July 16, 2017

Awarded degree

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Physics

Language of instruction



Program is accredited by the Russian Government, certificate № 1123 from October 13, 2014

Entry requirements

Successful candidates must demonstrate knowledge of modern mathematical physics as well as understand the fundamental models of modern theoretical physics and advanced mathematical training.
Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Physics.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

Degree information

The Mathematical and Theoretical Physics program is a unique program aimed at training researchers in mathematics, including in-depth knowledge of modern mathematical physics as well as research with a detailed understanding of the fundamental models of modern theoretical physics and advanced mathematical training.

Aims and objectives

The program offers early student involvement in research projects under internationally recognized faculty members and distinguished visiting researches from abroad. This is achieved through Students research seminars and summer and winter schools.

Mathematical and Theoretical Physics MSc Program Structure   —> ]

The program’s focus is on fundamental models and concepts of theoretical physics, in which cutting-edge research develops in conjunction with the evolution of new branches and methods in mathematics. The core of the program is comprised of specially designed courses geared towards students with different backgrounds (mathematics and physics), supplemented by a wide range of electives which can include courses at HSE.

Application to Skoltech consists of two stages:

Stage 1. Application at Skoltech’s online portal

Applications open for 2018-2019 academic year.

Application includes an online form, CV, personal statement, 2 reference letters, and, if available, the results of English test (TOEFL or IELTS).

Stage 2. Selection Days

Every year, Master of Science applicants from across Russia and around the world converge on Skoltech for the Selection Days and a chance to gain admission to one of the institute’s growing programs.
During Selection Days, participants go through interviews, rigorous written examinations, and an English test. Selection Days is also an opportunity for prospective students to inform themselves about the latest developments in Skoltech’s research and innovation programs.
Invitations to Selection Days are reserved for those students who submitted the strongest online applications.

Learning & Professional outcomes

The Mathematical and Theoretical Physics program was developed as an entrance platform for the PhD program at the Skoltech Center for Advanced Studies.


Program Director – Igor Krichever, Professor, Director of Skoltech Center for Advanced Studies
Mikhail Bershtein, Associate Professor
Evgeny Feigin, Professor
Mikhail Finkelberg, Professor
Alexander Gaifullin, Professor
Maxim Kazaryan, Professor
Sergei Lando, Professor
Andrei Marshakov, Professor
Grigory Olshanski, Professor
Alexey Rosly, Professor
Semen Shlosman, Professor
Stanislav Smirnov, Professor
Anton Zabrodin, Professor

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