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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, including Nanohardness Testers, Tribometers, and Scratch Testers, 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 (see here and also here). In order to consolidate the acquired knowledge, the best students are sent for a short internship to leading research laboratories worldwide.


To be admitted as a regular graduate student to a two-year Master’s program at NUST “MISIS”, an applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

Applicant must follow the general procedure outlined on the web-site. The deadline to submit application for Fall 2019 is July 20, 2019. However, international students are strongly encouraged to apply by July 10, 2019.

Admission is open to both Russian and international students and it includes a short individual online interview with professor Dmitri Shtansky (head of the program). Please see the Entrance Examination Content (147.1 KB).

Learning Outcomes

The graduate who has completed the educational program successfully is supposed to demonstrate as learning outcomes the following competences:

General outcomes

  • Increase the intellectual and cultural level
  • Take the initiative, assume responsibility
  • Use of the Russian language
  • Be able to formulate goals and objectives of research
  • Independently explore new research methods
  • Independently acquire new knowledge and skills
  • Use database software packages and computer graphics for the solution of scientific and engineering tasks
  • Use fundamental and applied knowledge in professional scientific and engineering work
  • Understand, express, and use in practice the basics of labor laws and regulations
  • Be able to argue and justify own scientific opinion
  • Analyze and draw conclusions on special, ethical, scientific, and technical issues arising in professional activities

Engineering outcomes

Our graduates are able to:

  • Apply innovative methods for solving engineering problems
  • Carry out market research
  • Develop technical and economic justification of innovative solutions in professional activities
  • Conduct a patent search and explore patentable devices and discoveries
  • Develop scientific and technical documentation, to write scientific and technical reports, surveys, and publications on the results of research
  • Use the procedures of intellectual property right protections
  • Define processes, phenomena, and materials
  • Manage the actual process of obtaining and processing materials
  • Design and develop experimental setup and understand main principles of equipment involved in experiments
  • Analyze the processes for selecting paths, measures, and means of quality control
  • Analyze the full technological cycle of obtaining and processing materials
  • Predict the performance of materials in different conditions of operation
  • Manage projects
  • Carry out economic analysis and effectiveness of a process
  • Plan and conduct analytic, modeling, and experimental investigations; critically evaluate data and draw conclusions
  • Analyze the basic laws of phase equilibria and kinetics of transformations in multicomponent systems
  • Apply engineering knowledge to develop and implement technological projects
  • Apply methodology of engineering

Specifically oriented outcomes


  • Knowledge of basics of plasma, electron emission, ionization, and different types of discharges
  • Understanding of different methods of coating deposition, including arc evaporation, magnetron sputtering, thermal evaporation, ion sputtering, chemical vapor deposition and plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition, electro-spark alloying, and cold spray
  • Understanding of different methods of surface modifications, such as ion implantation, ion etching, laser treatment, and selective laser sintering
  • Understanding of different forms and mechanisms of surface degradation due to wear, oxidation, corrosion, tribocorrosion, fatigue, and creep
  • Awareness of different types of surface protection against wear, oxidation, and corrosion
  • Understanding of some basic chemical, mechanical, tribological, and biological properties of coatings
  • Knowledge of how to measure various surface and coating characteristics such as hardness, Young’s modulus, elastic recovery, stiffness, friction, wear, fracture toughness, thermal stability, oxidation resistance, corrosion resistance, and impact resistance
  • Practical skills in the use of modern equipment for coating characterization, including Nanohardness Testers, Tribometers, Scratch Testers, and Dynamic Impact Tester, and demonstrate knowledge of presently existing standards
  • Understanding of different methods of surface and coating characterization using modern analytical techniques
  • Knowledge of different types of coatings for mechanical engineering and medicine


This program has been certified by ASIIN (Accreditation Agency for Degree Programs in Engineering, Informatics, the Natural Sciences and Mathematics). ASIIN is one of the most important quality assurance institutions for technical and scientific study programs and this German-based agency accredits and advises institutes of higher education throughout Europe. “The ASIIN quality seal for study programs provides assurance that subject specific quality standards of the academic discipline and of the profession for which that program prepares are met at high level. It confirms further that a suitable framework for good teaching and successful learning is provided. The award of the seal is based on learning outcome oriented standards of the involved disciplines and complies with the European Qualifications Framework and the ‘European Standards and Guidelines.’”

Degree Requirements

To graduate from the program, you must successfully complete 120 credit hours, including 74 credits from required and elective courses, 16 credits from research work, and 30 credits from the final examination and the thesis defense. Students will be enrolled for 30 credits per term. For a semester-by-semester breakdown of the course plan and course descriptions, please see full curriculum.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, the graduate will receive a Russian State Diploma and a European Diploma Supplement.

List of Courses

Degree Requirements at a Glance

Degree RequirementsCredits ECTS
Professional classes58
Basic classes20
Scientific research42

Partner Universities

  • Sheffield University, UK
  • Notre Dame University, USA
  • Aalto University, Finland
  • Element Six GmbH, Germany
  • Université de Caen, France


For support in registration, accommodations, or any questions about the admissions process, please contact International Master’s Programs Admissions Office:

119049, Russia, Moscow, Leninsky Prospect, 6/3, office G-366

+7 499 230-27-97