Materials Science MSc Program

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 Center for Energy Science and Technology and elective courses delivered by members of other CREIs including Center for Photonics and Quantum Materials and Center for Design, Manufacturing and Materials. Our lecturers conduct 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. Skoltech offers international environment and the opportunities for students to visit foreign universities and international conferences.

The education program consists of core and elective courses with recommendations for three tracks – Experimental Materials Science, Computational Materials Science and Materials Engineering, as detailed below:

Core courses

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

Recommended electives in Experimental Materials Science

(Contact person: Stanislav Fedotov)

Introduction to Solid State Physics (Term 2)
Material Structure Characterization Methods (Term 3)
Electrochemistry: Fundamentals to Applications (Term 4)
Applied Materials and Design (Term 5)

Recommended electives in Computational Materials Science

(Contact person: Andriy Zhugayevych)

Computational Chemistry and Materials Modeling (Term 2)
Structure and Property of Materials (Term 3)
Advanced Materials Modeling (Term 4)
Applied Materials and Design (Term 5)

Recommended electives in Materials Engineering

(Contact person: Alexander Korsunsky)

Applied Materials and Design (Term 1,5)
Introduction to Solid State Physics (Term 2)
Carbon Nanomaterials (Term 3)
Material Structure Characterization Methods (Term 3)
Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (Term 4)

Other core courses and activities

  • Innovation Workshop (Term 1A)  – trademark Skoltech course introducing the culture of entrepreneurship and technological innovation
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Stream (12 credits) – comprehensive set of courses on the subject
  • Industrial Immersion – 8-week full-time internship in one of Russian or foreign companies
  • Academic Mobility Program – internships in top universities world-wide
  • Fundamentals in Methodology of Scientific Research (Terms 3-4) – core methodological course for MSc students
  • Research Seminar (“Advanced Materials Science”) – every MSc and PhD student presents his/her research there
  • Energy Colloquium – guest lectures of leading researchers in Materials Science and related fields
  • Computational Materials Science seminar – guest lectures of leading researchers in the subject

Other electives

Wide selection of elective courses is offered to fit best your career plans, see Course catalogue. In particular

  • English, Writing, Presentation, Pedagogy – to perfect communications skills
  • Background courses in math/physics – to fill gaps in undergraduate education:
    • Quantum Mechanics (Term 1B)
    • Mathematics for Engineers (Term 1B)
  • Introductory courses on various topics – to foster interdisciplinary research:
    • Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (Term 5 or 1B)
    • Introduction to Data Science (Term 5 or 1B)
    • Scientific Computing (Term 5 or 1B)
  • Advanced courses most relevant for Experimental Materials Science:
    • Nanocomposites (Term 4)
    • Fabrication Technology of Nanodevices (Term 7 or 3)
  • Advanced courses most relevant for Computational Materials Science:
    • Mathematics and Machine Learning for Molecular Modelling (Term 4)
    • Fast and Efficient Solvers (Term 5)
    • Numerical Linear Algebra (Term 6)
    • Machine Learning (Term 7 or 3)
    • Functional Methods in the Theory of Disordered Systems (Term 7)
  • Advanced courses most relevant for Materials Engineering:
    • Materials Selection in Design (Term 6 or 2)
    • Design of Chemical Sensors (Term 4)
    • Aerosol Science and Technology (Term 6)
    • Fundamentals of Additive Technologies (Term 7 or 3)
    • Composite Materials and Structures (Term 7 or 3)

Master thesis

Skoltech professors offering Master projects in Materials Science are

Additional information can be found here:

The program is managed by:

  • Director of the program Keith Stevenson
  • Coordinator of the program Andriy Zhugayevych
  • Administrator of education at CEST Ekaterina Guseva
  • Industrial Immersion program manager Dmitry Pogozhev

The curriculum development group includes Profs. A.Abakumov, B.Fine, K.Stevenson, S.Tretiak, A.Zhugayevych and other faculty members. This development has been started in 2014 and incorporates educational and research standards of leading institutions in Materials Science and Engineering worldwide such as MIT/DMSE and LANL/CINT. In Russian education system the program is accredited as 22.04.01 “Материаловедение и технологии материалов”.