Quantum Physics for Advanced Materials Engineering


This two-year English-medium Master’s program is devoted to the study of macroscopic quantum phenomena discovered in nano-structured materials and quantum devices created during the last 20-30 years in the search for components for quantum electronics. At the same time the program addresses the basic physical principles of correlated electron systems and devices of quantum electronics, as well as some important manufacturing techniques and measurements of physical and chemical characteristics of quantum-sized structures and materials.

Complementing the foundational coursework will be independent research projects and elective courses focusing on new materials and modern quantum devices. The list of new materials studied in the course of the program includes:

  • graphene and carbon nanotubes
  • quantum magnets — atomic spin chain
  • magnetic semiconductors — silicon doped with manganese
  • semiconductor materials based on solid solutions of germanium in silicon
  • disordered media and fractal structures — aerogels, granular conductors
  • heavy fermionic metals, the Kondo semiconductors
  • quasicrystals and structurally complex thermionic materials based on bismuth telluride
  • lipid and bolalipid membranes

The ultimate goal of the program is to train highly-qualified personnel capable of working in both research laboratories and the industrial sector, solving various problems in the field of advanced materials engineering.


To be admitted as a regular graduate student to a two-year Master’s program at MISiS, an applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

Learning Outcomes

Courses in experimental research methods introduce students to different promising materials used as a basis in quantum electronics as well as to various measurement methods, including:

  • spectroscopy
  • tunneling microscopy
  • scanning ion microscopy
  • the accuracy, sensitivity, locality, and applicability of different measurement methods for the study of nanomaterials

Studied electronic devices and appliances include:

  • tunnel contact of atomic size
  • magnetic switches on the basis of manganites with colossal magnetoresistance
  • Josephson junctions
  • emitting diodes and infrared, visible and ultraviolet lasers, photodetectors, and transistors

Studied manufacturing technologies of quantum-sized materials:

  • liquid-phase epitaxy
  • molecular-beam epitaxy
  • vapor-phase epitaxy from organometallic compounds
  • nanolithography
  • self-organization of quantum wires and dots

Degree Requirements

To graduate from the program, you must successfully complete 120 credit hours, including 74 credits from required and elective courses, 16 credits from research work, and 30 credits from the final examination and the thesis defense. Students will be enrolled for 30 credits per term. For a semester-by-semester breakdown of the course plan and course descriptions, please see full curriculum.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, the graduate will receive a Russian State Diploma and a European Diploma Supplement.

Required Courses

Departmental courses:

  • Modern Quantum Physics of Solids
  • Electron Theory of Metals
  • Technologies and Materials of Quantum Electronics
  • Spectroscopic Methods for Analysis of Materials

Interdepartmental courses:

  • Foreign Language
  • Project Management
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Management of Quality
  • Intellectual Properties Rights Protection

Elective Courses

  • Quantum Electronic Properties of Nanosystems
  • Physics of Liquid-Crystal Membranes
  • Physics of Low-Dimensional Systems
  • Experimental Methods in the Physics of Low-dimensional Systems
  • Phase Diagrams of Multicomponent Systems
  • Electronic Properties of Quantum Confined Semiconductor Heterostructures
  • Introduction to Path Integral Methods in Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical Principles of Quantum Information and Macroscopic Quantum Phenomena in Superconducting Systems

Degree Requirements at a Glance

Degree RequirementsCredits ECTS
Required classes50
Elective classes24
Independent study research course16

For more details please see full curriculum.


Each course page (see required and elective courses) has a link to the instructor’s page where you can find a photo, short bio, and list of publications.


For support in registration, accommodations, or any questions about the admissions process, please contact Tim Schmidt in the International Master’s Programs Admissions Office:

119049, Russia, Moscow, Leninsky Prospect, 6, office G-366
007 499 230-27-97

For detailed information on the education program, please contact the program’s education studies advisor, Prof. Mikhail Chernikov:

119049, Russia, Moscow, Leninsky Prospect 4, office B-725
007 495 722 01 79