PhD Program / Mathematics and Mechanics

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Key information

Program starts
November 2018

Modes and duration

Full time: 4 years

Tuition fees

No tuition fee for the applicants who pass the selection process

Language of instruction


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

Application dates

Admission open: December 19, 2017

Program Committee

ChairIgor Krichever, Professor
Co-ChairIskander Akhatov, Professor
Co-ChairOleg Vasiliev, Professor
Mikhail Bershtein, Associate Professor
Evgeny Feigin, Professor
Mikhail Finkelberg, Professor
Alexander Gaifullin, Professor
Andrei Marshakov, Professor
Grigory Olshanski, Professor


Iskander Akhatov, Professor
Mikhail Bershtein, Associate Professor
Alexander Braverman, Visiting Professor
Evgeny Feigin, Professor
Mikhail Finkelberg, Professor
Alexander Gaifullin, Professor
Maxim Kazaryan, Professor
Igor Krichever, Professor
Sergei Lando, Professor
Andrei Marshakov, Professor
Grigory Olshanski, Professor
Alexey Rosly, Professor
Semen Shlosman, Professor
Oleg Vasiliev, Professor
Anton Zabrodin, Professor

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Minimum Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy degree comprises 240 credits. On graduation all graduates will have done at least 240 credits, of which at least:

  • 30 ECTS credits of coursework / Course Catalog
    • 12 ECTS credits of coursework for Advanced Major-Field Courses //
      Advanced Major-Field Courses represent the advanced subject matter in a particular academic field that only Ph.D. students or established faculty members would typically be expected to have mastered. In most cases these courses, or seminars, will be customized for doctoral students and made available exclusively for doctoral students in a particular area of specialization
    • 18 ECTS credits for General Doctoral Courses //
      General Doctoral Courses represent methodological subject matter, pedagogy, philosophical inquiry or general academic or professional learning about research or subject matter related to research, teaching or innovation that are applicable across most or all academic fields
  • 201 ECTS credits of Research & Professional experience / includes Thesis Research, Thesis Proposal Defense and Pedagogical Activity

    • Thesis Proposal Defense. A compulsory component of the Program, whereby a student defends his or her thesis as a pre-condition of being permitted to proceed to the stage of carrying out the research project formulated in the Thesis Proposal.
    • Pedagogical Activity. A compulsory component of the Program, which leads to the development of professional pedagogical skills of the student
    • Thesis Research. All Skoltech Ph.D. students must produce an original Ph.D. thesis to be examined though a transparent and credible process. The thesis must be the student’s own work
  • 3 ECTS credits of Qualifying Exam

    The goal of the qualifying examination is to provide an opportunity for an assessment of a student’s ability and inclination to conduct research according to top-tier institution standards, and to provide a learning experience in which students may both strengthen their field-specific knowledge and scientific methods for conducting scholarly research

  • 6 ECTS credits of Thesis Defense

    A compulsory component of the Program, after completion and submission of the thesis, wherein the student is required to present her or his thesis research work in person before a broad audience, including the Ph.D. Defense Jury, and to defend it​