New materials form the basis for modern technologies, and both industry and research related to and dealing with nanomaterials are among those to experience fast growth within this century.

Nanotechnology combines all the techniques and approaches that manipulate matter on the nanometer-scale, focusing, in its practical aspects, on the development of materials with novel, sometimes unique, properties. Nanotechnology-based industries have an enormous potential to produce new high-quality products in many sectors, thus changing and improving the quality of human life. Importantly, the progress in nanotechnologies offers not just better products, but also significantly improved manufacturing processes and analytical techniques.

Surface engineering is a sub-discipline of materials science and materials engineering which deals with the surface of a solid and its modification. The present course proposes a two-year educational master’s program consisting of lectures and practical training in the fields of plasma physics and surface engineering, both being related to the preparation, characterization, and applications of different types of nanocoatings. The program is intended for first-year graduate students (master's course) who specialize in the field of Materials Science and Advanced Technologies of Surface Engineering.

The program consists of lectures given by leading scientists from the National University of Science and Technology “MISiS”, as well as by invited lecturers from foreign institutions. Students in the program enjoy brilliant lectures delivered by Profs. E.A. Levashov, D.V. Shtansky, A.S. Rogachev, A.S. Mukasyan (University of Notre Dame, USA), F. Rustichelli (University of Ancona, Italy), D. Golberg (NIMS, Japan), Drs. R. Suchentrunk (Galvanotechnik, Germany), F. Gammel (EADS, Germany) and others. The lectures are accompanied by a large number of seminars which will help the students acquire the necessary knowledge and competencies in the field of surface engineering.

The present educational program is devoted to the advanced methods of surface modification and coating deposition, with particular emphasis on nanostructured and nanocomposite films and coatings. Master’s program students receive fundamental knowledge and practical skills in the field of materials (and surface) characterization using diverse advanced analytical methods such as X-ray Diffraction, Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Glow-Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy, Raman-shift and IR spectroscopy.

Graduate students will also gain practical skills in the use of modern equipment for testing thin films and coatings, such as Nanohardness Testers, Tribometers, Scratch Testers, etc, and become familiar with presently existing standards.

In addition, during the course of scientific research, students will have the opportunity to use other unique equipment available at the University (; In order to consolidate the acquired knowledge, the best students are sent for a short internship to leading research laboratories worldwide.

The medium of instruction for this program is English.

Program goal

The overall goal of the program is to provide a high-quality basic knowledge and practical training in the field of surface engineering with an in-depth focus on nanocomposite and nanostructured films and coatings. The ultimate educational program goal is to train highly-qualified personnel capable of working in both research laboratories and the industrial sector, solving various problems in the field of surface engineering and developing new technological processes and advanced materials.


The program provides students the following competencies:

  • to gain fundamental knowledge, competence, and practical skills in the methods of surface modification and nanostructured coatings deposition;
  • to obtain fundamental knowledge, competence, and practical skills in the methods of coatings characterization and testing;
  • to be familiar with practical aspects of novel nanomechanical characterization technique and standards;
  • to solve the theoretical and applied problems connected with the development of advanced nanostructured thin films and coatings for mechanical engineering and medicine;
  • to treat the experimental results using equipment software and computer programs;
  • to work independently with the literature to find necessary information.


The program assumes that the student has a background in physics, chemistry, and materials science as well as has some basic mathematical skills on the bachelor’s level.

Course program

In the process of teaching, the following instruments and approaches will be employed:

  • Lectures
  • Practical training
  • Seminars
  • Scientific research (literature review, experimental/theoretical work, scientific reports, publications, master’s theses)
  • Self-study
  • Internship in leading (partner) laboratories


Admission to International Master’s Programs at MISIS is open to both Russian and international students. Given that all classes will be conducted in English, we recommend that non-native speakers of English achieve a TOEFL score of at least 525 (paper-based) or 200 (computer-based) prior to admission. To apply for a two-year Master’s program at MISiS, the applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Upon the completion of the program of study at MISiS, the applicant will receive a Russian State diploma and a European Diploma Supplement.

Admission Deadline

The deadline to submit the application for Fall 2018 is August 10, 2018, however, we encourage international students to apply July 20, 2018.

Program taught in:
  • English

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