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Each of Skoltech’s two-year Master’s programs comprise 120 ECTS credits.
Year 1 focuses on strengthening theoretical background, and
Year 2 is mostly devoted to research.

All curriculum elements (courses, projects) are classified into categories – streams, each with responsibility for developing certain graduate qualities (Skoltech Learning Outcomes Framework). To ensure that students benefit from the unique features of a Skoltech education, the number of credits per stream (degree requirements) is set and applies to all students who want to graduate with a Master’s degree from Skoltech.

  • Stream 1. Science, Technology and Engineering (STE) (36 ECTS credits)
  • Includes compulsory and elective parts, including disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses targeting scientific and engineering fundamentals corresponding to the field and prospective professional activities of graduates.

  • Stream 2. Sector (12 ECTS credits)
  • It is a compulsory part and includes practical projects for obtaining skills and experience in the corresponding professional area (industrial immersion).

  • Stream 3. Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I) (6 ECTS credits)
  • Includes the Innovation Workshop (compulsory part) and subjects related to the elective part. The purpose of Stream 3 is to study the full innovation cycle of product production – from identifying the needs and assessing the options to meet them to carrying out operations with economic and other effects, as well as gaining initial experience in innovation and acquiring relevant skills.

  • Stream 4. Research and MSc Thesis Project (48 ECTS credits)
  • It is a compulsory part and includes research work, early research project, thesis research project and thesis defense in order to consolidate all the obtained learning results: acquired knowledge, skills and experience in the field of scientific and engineering fundamentals.

  • Stream 5. Options (18 ECTS credits)
  • Includes courses from the course catalog and/or additional research or innovation projects.

    Students can choose courses from the Course Catalog and extracurricular activities to build their individual trajectory and to prepare for job placement

    Skoltech requirements FSE 3++ standards requirements, ECTS credits
    block 1 block 2 block 3
    courses, at least 24 ECTS credits practice, research, at least 45 ECTS credits state final assess- ment, 6-9 ECTS credits
    Streams elective part compulsory part, at least 20%, 23 ECTS credits
    1. Science, Technology and Engineering 36 ECTS credits 36      
    2. Research Immersion 12 ECTS credits     12  
    3. Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I)” 6 ECTS credits   6    
    4. Research & MSc Thesis Project 48 ECTS credits   9 30 9
    5. Options 18 ECTS credits 12   6  
    Total 120 48 15 48 9
    including compulsory part     63  
    including elective part   63