Pursue your PhD at ITMO

  • ITMO University is a world-class research center that offers PhD and DSc opportunities across a wide array of fields;

  • During their studies, PhD students attend a number of specialized courses and complete a research thesis;

  • The programs are designed to support students generating knowledge in the fields of their choice;

  • The university offers 54 programs – all of them are international, practice-oriented, interdisciplinary, and intensive.

PhD programs at ITMO are built upon individual learning tracks, giving students a complete freedom to shape their own curriculum and research according to their goals and needs. As a general rule, it takes three to four years to complete a PhD program. However, students who have accumulated enough publications and are ready with their thesis can defend it ahead of schedule. Throughout their training, young scientists receive assistance from the university’s high-profile supervisors and have free access to the on-campus laboratories, libraries, and innovative coworking spaces. Students can submit and present their thesis in both Russian and English in-person or online.

ITMO University implements several double-degree programs in collaboration with its international partner universities. All the costs, including tuition fees, travel, and accommodation, can be covered by the host university or the participants of the program themselves. After successful completion of the program, students receive diplomas issued by the two universities.  

The university supports the academic mobility endeavors of PhD students by holding a partial funding competition for their participation in research internships up to one month in length at a university or a research center abroad, as well as their participation in online and offline international conferences. Explore this opportunity here

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