Physics & Engineering: Nanophotonics and Metamaterials International educational program ITMO University

Physics & Engineering: Nanophotonics and Metamaterials

Partner University: ITMO University

Place of Study: Russia
Outcome (diploma or credits): Master of Science in Technical Physics (ITMO University)
Duration: 2 years, 120 credits
Language: English
Application Deadline: 09 August 2021
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Physics, Engineering or relevant field with excellent/good grades. CV & motivation letter. Upper-intermediate level of English*
Tuition Fee: 286,000 rubles per year for Russian students; 306,000 rubles per year for international students

Please note that obtaining an invitation and a visa will take at least a month. We ask you to apply for the Master’s program before July 15, 2021, in order to take the entrance exams and receive your documents in due time.

Career Options

Graduates acquire a range of competencies essential for PhD studies both in Russia and abroad and for their future career in leading high-tech companies, research institutions, and scientific laboratories.

The Master’s degree program in Nanophotonics and Metamaterials is the only program in Russia as well as one of the few programs in the world that trains specialists in nanophotonics, nanotechnologies, and metamaterials. The program is led by ITMO’s Center of Nanophotonics and Metamaterials, one of the leading research centers in the field.

If you wish to take part in advanced research of new optical materials, methods of optical control and light interaction with matter, and to try your hand at new generation microwave development, this program is for you!

The Program

During the study process students work side by side with leading researchers of the Center of Nanophotonics and Metamaterials and international research laboratories:

Students get an opportunity to take a research traineeship and improve their skills in leading research centers around the world. Among the most popular internship destinations are Moscow, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Zurich (Switzerland), Paris (France), New York (the USA), Canberra (Australia), Helsinki (Finland), Tel-Aviv (Israel) and many others.

Nice bonus! The most successful candidates will be nominated for the ITMO Department of Nanophotonics and Metamaterials Scholarship.

The Scholarship covers:


Scholarships are offered to successful international applicants from any foreign countries (except the citizens of former USSR countries). The applicants should possess a Bachelor's degree in Physics, Engineering or other relevant field with excellent/good grades and upper-intermediate level of English.

How to apply for the scholarship

Please send your CV, Motivation and Recommendation Letters to with the following email subject “Master’s scholarship application”.

Application deadline: May 31, 2020 (the admission results will be announced in June 2020).

The scholarship is offered ONLY TO THOSE WITH EXCELLENT GRADES.

If the students fail any semester final examinations, the scholarship is canceled.

Contents of the Program

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4th Semester:

*The applicants are required to pass entrance examinations successfully.

The list of entrance examination questions

Student review


"Not many people know that ITMO’s Faculty of Physics and Engineering provides some state-of-the-art courses.

Our research and experiments are sometimes so advanced

that they are done only by a few groups in the world.

The desire to be part of that unique experience is what brought me here."


Prithu Roy​, a student of the Nanophotonics and Metamaterials program



Want to know more? Read the full interview of Prithu Roy by ITMO.NEWS to learn more about the major and his experience.

How to apply?

To apply, please follow our step-by-step application guide.

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