Advanced Materials Science


Master’s program “Advanced Materials Science” is focused on the study of new construction materials used in space engineering, accurate mechanical engineering, medicine, information technologies and other fields. The program also undertakes study of the fundamental physical principles of measurements, modern analytical methods of materials properties study, as well as methods of their production. The program is designed for students who have received a BS degree in solid state physics, materials science, nanomaterials, or metallurgy.

Importance of the program

New materials were discovered and studied mainly by a rule of thumb. Yet, today due to the continuously growing industrial expectations from new materials possessing a wide spectrum of properties, there needs to be elaborated strong and reliable theoretical grounds, induced from practical experiments, to achieve greater success in this field.

Another part of the program is focused on the advancement of the technology of materials production. For example, the transfer from the polycrystalline Ni-based superalloys to the single crystals, the alloying by Re and Ru and the use of the hot isostatic pressure lead to the creation of materials for the turbine blades for the five generation gas turbines engines with high temperature strength 30% more.

Skills & Competences

The program helps students find appropriate solutions to contemporary scientific problems of materials science, as well as understand the principles of materials design for different purposes, theoretical (thermodynamic, kinetic, structural, etc.) and experimental methods, methods of computer modeling. The program helps choose the optimal regimes of materials production, evaluate preliminary costs of experiments and ways to reduce them, it teaches students to become more effective and efficient in teamwork and apply practical results of their study in real-life setting.


First year:

  1. Atomic structure of solid phases
  2. Thermodynamics and kinetics in materials science (professor A.Rodin)
  3. Diffusion in solids (professor B. Bokstein)
  4. Physical properties of materials (professor A.Lileev)
  5. Corrosion and protection of metals (professor A.Rakoch)
  6. Magnetic materials (professor O.Ushakova)

Second year:

  1. Materials science: deformation and fracture, mechanical properties, special metallic alloys (professor S.Nikulin)
  2. Methods of surfaces and interfaces investigation (professor D.Podgorny)
  3. Numerical methods and computer modeling (professor D. Belaschenko)
  4. Multicomponent nanostructured coatings (professor E.Levashov)
  5. Amorphous metallic alloys (professor S.Kaloshkin)
  6. Mechanical spectroscopy of metallic materials (professor I.Golovin)

After passing the entrance exams, a student works out his or her individual schedule of classes as well as defines the major field of expertise his or her scientific paper will be focused on. Every student will have a scientific advisor who will guide them through educational and practical stages of the program as well as assist them in working at their dissertation.

Usually, most theoretical classes are held within the 1st and 2nd terms of the program, yet certain classes may also take place during the 3rd term. While following the program, students will carry out research and experimental work either at the MISiS laboratories or at the Institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Institute of Solid State Physics, Institute of Physical Chemistry, and Institute of Materials Science and Metallurgy). As an accepted rule, Assistant Professors are remunerated for R&D assistance they provide.

Most research work is conducted during the 3rd term of the program. Upon the termination of their research activities, students prepare a Research Account which will be partially covered in their dissertation.

During the 4th terms students are mainly engaged in working at their dissertaions.

After the program is completed, students who have not prepared their master’s thesis, receive a Certificate, and those who prepared and defended it, — the master’s diploma of “Advanced Materials Science”.