Saint Petersburg, Russia
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:

Program Overview

Program Description:

Objective of the Programme: The program focuses on combining the theoretical and practical skills in the area of Femtosecond and Terahertz Optics, Quantum Informatics and Nano- and Biophotonics. 
Language: English
The program is focused: for applicants with an applicable Bachelor's degree, fluent in English and planning a future career in high-tech international companies, both in Russia and abroad.

Excellent way to continue your education in photonics and to bring it on a new level.

  • Lectures are delivered in English
  • World-class scientists from University of Rochester and ITMO University.
  • Wide range of elective courses for building individual track based on personal interests

Details of the educational program:

For ITMO students:

Two-year program (1st at ITMO, 2nd at UR),

120 ECTS credits in total

Four study semesters: 40 ECTS (two semesters at ITMO) + 60 ECTS (two semesters at UR)

Thesis evaluation by UR 10 ECTS

Final examination at ITMO: 3 ECTS

Thesis evaluation by ITMO: 7 ECTS

Training methods:

Lectures, case studies, company visits, group work, laboratory work, scientific research work

Program components:

Required courses + elective courses + internship + scientific research work + final thesis presentation and evaluation.


Founded in 1929 as the first Optics education program in the United States of America by a grant from Kodak and Bausch and Lomb, The Institute of Optics is an academic department in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at The University of Rochester. The purpose of The Institute of Optics is to educate the next generation of leaders in the field of Optics.

The mission of The Institute of Optics is to provide the finest educational and research experience in Optical Physics, Applied Optics and Optical Engineering. The Institute grants undergraduate, masters and PhD degrees in Optics.

Faculty and Staff at The Institute of Optics are fully dedicated to providing a challenging and enjoyable educational experience in the broad field of Optics, through rigorous academic instruction, laboratory exercises, informal events, and networking.

Teaching staff: ITMO professors and associate professors and professors of foreign partner universities.
Length of program: 2 years
Contact details:

Photonics and Optoinformatics Department 

Kadetskaya line 3B, Saint Petersburg

Sergey A. Kozlov, Dean
E-mail: [email protected] 
Elizaveta M. Buyanovskaya, Associate Professor
E-mail: [email protected] 

Partner Companies: There's a possibility of internship in partner companies in St. Petersburg

Admission requirements


A completed academic Bachelor's degree (or first cycle degree) in the fields of optics, photonics or optical engineering with good/excellent grades. Upper-intermediate level of English.

Admission tests

Basic knowledge of research methodology. This can be shown by a relevant taken course or accepted seminar or by one or more international scientific publications.

Admission procedure

Written on-line application.

Applicants may find additional information with the coordinator of the program.

Start of the program

Winter semester - September 1

Duration of the program

2 years 

Degrees awarded

Master of science (MSc) from ITMO in one of three majors:

-     Optical and quantum technology of transmission, storage and treatment of information;

-     Quantum Informatics;

-     Biophotonics.

Master of science (MSc) from UR in Optics (if chosen by the applicant to attend)


Tuition fees

Tuition fees - 170 000 RUR for 1 year + tuition fees at UR if chosen by the applicant to attend


Additional Program Information

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