MSc Program

Mathematical and Theoretical Physics / 2024-2026

The key tenets of our Mathematical and Theoretical Physics educational program are compulsory scientific seminars (including student seminars) and a strong scientific community. Students study tailored, individual courses approved by their supervisors, who determine the range of selected courses depending on the specific area of the student’s scientific study. We put emphasis on students’ independent scientific study that encourages their rapid fundamental scientific (and thus career) growth. This has been proven by the extensive experience of our colleagues from the Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Independent University of Moscow, and from the program’s main partner — the Faculty of Mathematics at the Higher School of Economics.

Our program is aimed first and foremost at giving researchers a grounding in mathematics and deep knowledge of mathematical physics. It also offers students the chance to pursue in-depth study of the fundamental models of modern theoretical physics. Students are expected to take part in research projects alongside eminent specialists, teachers, and foreign colleagues specially invited to participate. We are planning for a number of leading foreign scientists to fully participate in the educational process by supervising our students as well as holding series of lectures. The crux of our students’ scientific career involves compulsory scientific seminars and mandatory attendance at summer and winter scientific schools.

Our program produces students and graduate students with internationally recognized, top-level qualifications, the doors of the world’s leading mathematical physics centers are open to them.

The program is realized in collaboration with the National Research University “Higher School of Economics”. Skoltech and the Faculty of Mathematics of the HSE University collaborate in the following areas:
= Development and implementation of joint educational programs, including applying electronic education and distance educational technologies, with a possibility of attracting leading specialists and organizations.
= Development and implementation of academic mobility programs with mutual recognition of learning outcomes based on the transfer of credits (ECTS credits).
= Organization and conducting joint conferences, seminars, workshops, meetings and other events.
= Mutual usage of facilities and resources with a goal of implementation of joint educational programs, research projects

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Key information

Program starts
September 1, 2024

Modes and duration

Full time: 2 years

Awarded degree

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Physics

Tuition fees

No tuition fee for the applicants who pass the selection process

Language of instruction



Program is accredited by the Russian Government, certificate № 3539 from April 07, 2021.
License № 2880 from February 05, 2020.

Field of Science and Technology

03.04.01 Applied Mathematics and Physics

Application dates / all applicants

Open: April 15, 2024
Close: July 15, 2024

Please note that there will be five selection rounds during this period of time.
Check the information about the closest one here.

Admission to Mathematical Physics Program will be held

on the first selection at June 22-23, 2024
= = Deadline – May 27
= = Test – May 28-29
= = Invitation – June 7

and on the second selection at August 1-2, 2024
= = Deadline – July 15
= = Test – July 16
= = Invitation – July 25

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

All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English, the language of instruction at Skoltech. A minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL iBT, 450 on the TOEFL ITP or 6 on the IELTS is required. The language certificate should be valid for 2 years after the test date. A TOEFL or IELTS score is not required if the applicant received a degree at a university where the medium of instruction is English. No exceptions are made for this policy and only TOEFL and IELTS scores are accepted. Skoltech’s institutional code for the TOEFL iBT is 2909.

Submission of a General GRE score is not required for the Skoltech application. However, a high score may enhance your application. For further information on the GRE, please visit the ETS website for test locations, dates, and times. Skoltech’s institutional code for the GRE is 1294.

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.

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 curriculum 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.

Mathematical and Theoretical Physics MSc Program Structure   -> ]

Application to Skoltech consists of three stages:

Stage 1. Application at Skoltech’s online portal

Skoltech offers an online application​ to make the process quick and simple for potential students. Before beginning the application, we advise that you carefully read the application instructions, requirements, and deadlines for your chosen academic program.

The application includes: your CV, two letters of recommendation, and a motivation letter. Submission of either TOEFL or IELTS test results is required by “Selection Weekend.” Applicants who did not get a chance to take any of these official tests will be able to take the TOEFL ITP during “Selection Weekend” at Skoltech..

Stage 2. Online Testings

All applicants will pass an online testing, the better you pass it, the more chances you will have to get to the next step.
2018 admission campaign / Mathematical Physics Program / – test18.pdf
2019 admission campaign / Mathematical Physics Program / – test19apr.pdf
2020 admission campaign / Mathematical Physics Program / – test20apr.pdf, test20jun.pdf
2021 admission campaign / Mathematical Physics Program / – test21apr.pdf, test21jul.pdf

Stage 3. Selection Days

During Selection Days, participants go through interviews 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.
In order to get more accurate evaluation and selection for some applicants the additional on-site testing will be required, upon educational program admission committee’s request. The applicants will be notified additionally.

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 – Andrei Marshakov, Professor, Director of Skoltech Igor Krichever Center for Advanced Studies
Mikhail Bershtein, Associate Professor
Mikhail Finkelberg, Professor
Alexander Gaifullin, Professor
Maxim Kazaryan, Professor
Sergei Lando, Professor
Alexey Litvinov, Associate Professor
Grigory Olshanski, Professor
Alexey Rosly, Professor
Semen Shlosman, Professor
Aleksandra Skripchenko, Senior Research Scientist
Stanislav Smirnov, Professor
Anton Zabrodin, Professor

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