M.Sc. education program in Materials Science

Materials Science is an interdisciplinary educational track at Skoltech relating to research in various focus areas including Advanced Materials, Energy, Space, Biology, Computations. The broad educational program builds upon several courses taught by faculty members of Research Centers (CREI) in Electrochemical Energy Storage and Photonics and Quantum Materials, conducting cutting edge research in Materials Science as evidenced by high median h-index ~30.

In addition to the specialized expertise, the program delivers an interdisciplinary mix of engineering and natural sciences that is unique for the universities in Russia and beyond. Other core aspects of the program are industry immersion and the entrepreneurship and innovation component. All courses are taught in English. Skoltech offers international environment and the opportunities for students to visit foreign universities and international conferences.

In Russian education system the track is indexed as 22.04.01 “Материаловедение и технологии материалов”.

The education program consists of core and elective courses as detailed below:

Core courses

Survey of Materials (Term 1B)
Materials Chemistry (Term 2)

Recommended electives in Experimental Materials Science

(Contact person: Artem Abakumov)

Introduction to Solid State Physics (Term 2)
Organic Materials for Electronics, Photonics, Energy Generation and Storage (Term 3)
Material Structure Characterization Methods (Term 3)
Electrochemistry: Fundamentals to Applications (Term 4)
Carbon Nanomaterials (Term 4)

Recommended electives in Computational Materials Science

(Contact person: Andriy Zhugayevych)

Computational Chemistry and Materials Modeling (Term 2)
Structure and Property of Materials (Term 3)
Fundamentals of Device Physics (Term 4)
Advanced Solid State Physics (Term 6)

Other courses and activities

  • Innovation Workshop (Term 1A)  – trademark Skoltech course introducing the culture of entrepreneurship and technological innovation
  • Industry Internship – 8-week full-time internship in one of Russian or foreign companies
  • Many other courses to fit best your career plans, see Course catalogue

Master thesis

Skoltech professors offering Master projects in Materials Science are

Additional information can be found here:

The coordinator of the program is A.Zhugayevych. The curriculum development group includes also Profs. A.Abakumov, B.Fine, K.Stevenson, S.Tretiak and other faculty members. This development incorporates educational and research standards of leading institutions in Materials Science and Engineering worldwide such as MIT/DMSE and LANL/CINT.