ITMO University Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics

PhD programme

The International research and education center for Physics of Nanostructures welcomes applications from active, talented and motivated graduates with physical and engineering background. We offer four-year programme for PhD degree in «Optics» (speciality code is 01.04.05) with specialisation in Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials. 


Our advantages

  • Opportunity to engage in independent, interesting research work in "Physics of Nanostructures", one of the most challenging and cutting-edge fields of modern science.
  • Scientific advisers are from among the leading scientists, enthusiastic and involved in active research work.
  • Easy access to state-of-the-art facilities that makes possible realization of pioneering research projects in synthesis, theoretical and experimental investigation and relevant applications of quantum nanostructures.
  • Publishing in top scientific journals.
  • Internships in world leading research groups and presentations on Russian and international conferences.
  • Scholarships opportunities from the Government and different Russian and foreign scientific societies.
  • Employment for students, who take part in research projects.
  • You will have the opportunity to be involved in highly relevant, interesting scientific work and get exсiting experience of participation in big, well-paid research projects.

Future perspectives

  • After graduation you will be highly employable in research centres, innovative business and management of high-tech products.
  • Well-paid academic and research positions are open at the International research and education center for Physics of Nanostructures for talented and motivated graduates.
  • An extensive network of our scientific contacts (Trinity College, Ireland, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany, University of Kassel, Germany, Monash University, Australia) is also an opportunity to continue a career in science outside ITMO University.

International admissions

Entry requirements

To apply for PhD programme you should hold Master's degree (or equivalent) in Physics or Technology.

Application process

ITMO University welcomes international students. Full information you will find on the Admission office page.

Programme description

Our four-year programme involves active research work of PhD students on the most challenging questions in Physics of Nanostructures. Either experimental or theoretical approaches can be used. Each PhD student works in close contact with his supervisor, who helps to choose research theme and the best possible tools to carry it out, to design experiments, and to use the available laboratory equipment as efficiently as possible. Students get published in top scientific journals and give presentations at Russian and international conferences. Also there are opportunities for research practice and internships in leading universities and research centres across the world. Wide experience in practical research work in new and fast developing field of nanotechnologies gives to our graduates plenty of opportunities to build distinguished career both in industry and in academia.