Level of education: Master programme

Type of instruction: Full-time

Duration: 2 years

Language of instruction: English

Benefits of the programme

  • The program focuses on the fundamental principles behind modern-day physical picture of nature. Students are introduced to the theory and practice of condensed matter physics studied by means of neutron scattering and synchrotron radiation. The concepts of condensed matter physics is enriched with elements of nano-, bio-, info-, cognitive technologies.
  • The program aims to provide professional expertise in the field of condensed-matter physics. It will enable graduates to handle research and engineering problems in various areas of physics, chemistry, biology, and material sciences.
  • Students are expected to carry out fundamental research making full use of the MEGA-Science Facilities. Accordingly, special attention in the program is paid to a detailed study of the interaction of neutron and synchrotron radiation with matter.
  • Graduates of the program became experts on the fundamentals of interaction of neutron and synchrotron radiation with matter (solid state matter, polymers, nature objects, nano- and heterostructures). They confidently own and use a mathematical apparatus that describes the processes of generation, propagation and scattering of coherent radiation, control parameters of neutron and synchrotron beams.
  • Being qualified, graduates develop the necessary skills to collect, process and analyze data obtained at neutron and synchrotron stations. In addition, they acquire new methods to record and handle images, to detect different bodies and processes, and to study the fundamental properties of matter. They are able to investigate novel functional materials with modern methods using neutron and synchrotron radiation.
  • Graduates of the program will be capable to effectively act as physicist-researchers, and physicist-engineers. They can be successfully employed in areas of science and technology, specifically, at MEGA-Science Centers for Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation for Condensed Matter Studies across Russia and worldwide. They can also be employed in sectors of economics dealing with data processing, nano and biotechnologies and engineering.

Main academic courses

  • Theory of Interaction of Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation (X-Rays) with Matter
  • Atomic Structure of Matter: Diffraction of Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation
  • Science at Large-Scale Facilities
  • Atomic and Molecular Dynamics: Inelastic Neutron and X-Ray (Synchrotron Radiation) Scattering
  • Nanoscale World: Small-Angle Scattering and Reflectometry of Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation
  • Practice in Neutron Physics
  • Practice in Synchrotron Physics
  • Practice in Condenced Matter Physics
  • Technique and Methods of Polarized Neutron Scattering
  • Simulation of Neutron Instruments and Neutron Scattering Processes
  • Metamaterials and Study of Their Properties by Small-Angle Diffraction Methods
  • English / Russian for Professional Communication

Main areas of research


  • Diffraction of neutrons and synchrotron radiation
  • Reflectometry and Small-Angle Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation Scattering
  • Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation Spectroscopy
  • Simulation of the instrument base of neutron and synchrotron stations for condensed matter studies
  • Simulation of the physical processes of non-destructive interaction of ionizing radiation with matter

Key skills

  • Practical application of fundamental knowledge of the physical phenomena underlying the methods of diffraction, small-angle scattering, reflectometry and spectroscopy of neutrons and synchrotron radiation used to study the condensed matter. The use of modern methods of analyzing the structure and physical properties of materials.
  • Computer modelling, use of existing software products and information databases for solving problems of professional activity.
  • Organization, management and performance of research and development in the field of natural sciences, technical sciences and nanotechnologies
  • Knowledge of scientific programs of the leading international centers with MEGA-class facilities and the main principles of the development of the international scientific cooperation.

Career opportunities

For graduates of the program, both scientific and engineering careers are wide open, as well as continuing education in order to receive Ph.D. in Physics and Math.

Graduates are in demand for the construction and operation of the innovative research equipment at the MEGA-class facilities, i.e. synchrotron radiation sources, free electron lasers, research reactors and pulsed neutron sources; automatic control systems and information collection at complex physical installations.

Research work, all types of practices, final qualifying work are performed at the research centers with a possible subsequent employment:

  • Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute of NRC "Kurchatov Institute" (Gatchina) - PNPI
  • National Research Center "Kurchatov Institute" (Moscow) – NRC KI
  • Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna, Moscow Region) - JINR
  • European Synchrotron Research Facility (Grenoble, France) - ESRF
  • Institute Laue-Langevin (Grenoble, France) - ILL
  • Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (Munich, Germany) - MLZ
  • German Synchrotron (Hamburg, Germany) – DESY
  • X-Ray Free Electron Laser (Hamburg, Germany) – X-FEL

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