Master in Quantum Information Technologies

Higher School of Economics

Program Description

Master in Quantum Information Technologies

Higher School of Economics

About program

The constant tendency to reduce the size and increase the degree of integration of (nano-) electronic and (nano-) photonic systems inevitably leads to the need to consider the quantum corrections. On the one hand, the role of quantum effects may be negative, imposing fundamental dimension restrictions on the ability of a broad class of devices, such as transistors, to work in a regular mode. On the other, the laws of quantum mechanics allow us to construct new element base for a variety of devices that can process, store, encode, and transmit information using methods, which are qualitatively different from the currently existing. It is expected that in the coming decades, quantum technologies will revolutionize such fields of knowledge as computers, cryptography, and computer science.

The Master's Program Quantum Information Technology (QIT) is aimed at training highly qualified specialists, competitive on the domestic and international labor market, capable of solving complex problems of transmission, storage, and processing of information using quantum information technologies and methods, taking into account the most advanced achievements of science and technology, including quantum physics of condensed state, nanoelectronics, quantum and nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, quantum theory of communication and computing, and nanotechnology.

Scientific work of graduate students

Training of masters is carried out on the basis of an integrated educational complex of Electronic Engineering Department of the HSE Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM HSE), including scientific research work based on the Department of Quantum Optics and Telecommunication at Sсontel CJSC, Basic Department of the All-Russian Research Institute for Optical and Physical Measurements Federal State Unitary Enterprise (VNIIOFI FSUE), Basic Department of the Research Institute of Communication and Control Systems OJSC, Basic Department of the Energiya Rocket and Space Corporation OJSC, and laboratories of P.L. Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems.

An integral component of the program is a specialized workshop, executed on the basis of associated research labs. The curriculum includes both compulsory component, that is, nanotechnology, methods of microscopic analysis and cryogenic equipment, and variative – for students, focused on experimental activities, in which they will be asked to choose to participate in actual research projects. Naturally, those who do not see themselves experimenters in the future will be offered a variety of theoretical projects.


The Master’s Program curriculum provides theoretical, experimental, and professional training of graduates, aimed at the application of their knowledge both in the field of fundamental research, and in the high-tech sectors of the economy, including such critical areas as aerospace, military and specialized information technology.

In addition to specialized courses, the program also includes practical courses, lectures and seminars on selected matters of quantum mechanics, communication theory, and mathematics. QIT will be the first Russian master's program in this area, where all classes are conducted in English. Graduates will receive training enabling them to fully communicate, conduct scientific discussion, and present the results of their activity in oral and written English.

Career Opportunities

It is expected that programme graduates will be able to easily continue their activities either as part of postgraduate training programmes of leading domestic and foreign universities, of as highly qualified professionals of the economy’s IT sector. The following organizations are potential employers in Russia:

  • P.L. Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems
  • P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Institute of Solid State Physics (ISSP)
  • Scontel CJSC
  • Energiya Rocket and Space Corporation OJSC
  • Leading banks
  • Russian Quantum Center

Preparation for admission

The portfolio competition implies the evaluation of applicants’ set of documents. Copies of the following documents should be provided: official diplomas, certificates about scientific publications, work experience, professional qualifications, participation in scientific competitions and their results, participation in conferences, participation in students’ Olympiads, grants and personal scholarships, other achievements and awards (see more at Portfolio Composition).

The selection committee evaluates documents and assigns points in accordance with criteria of portfolio evaluation.

The goal of the interview is the presentation of applicant’s qualifications and motivation to study on the program. While evaluating results of the interview the selection committee assigns points in accordance with the criteria of interview evaluation.

Copies of documents will not be returned.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 28, 2017
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2 years
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270,000 RUB
Russia - Moscow
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