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Description of Mathematics

This programme trains professional researchers in mathematical sciences and experts in mathematical education. Moscow has long been considered one of the world’s capitals for mathematics, and this rigorous programme is an opportunity to study under leading experts in the field.

In the first year, students construct individual study plans according to their own interests and goals. Under the supervision of faculty advisors, students complete a course project at the end of their first year and submit a Master’s thesis at the end of their second.

Graduates are well prepared to enter PhD programmes, have their own independent research agendas and experience, and possess teaching experience at the university level.

Programme benefits
  • Learn from leading experts in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics
  • Choose from a wide range of special topics courses and research seminars
  • Study in a stimulating, dynamic, and supportive learning environment
  • Elect to combine our MSc programme with international MSc or integrated graduate programmes
  • Work closely with an academic advisor who will supervise your course project and Master’s thesis
  • Take advantage of several short-term study abroad opportunities at HSE partner universities in France and Japan
  • Qualify to continue in the HSE PhD programme or go onto other international PhD programmes in Mathematics (HSE graduates are accepted by top mathematics schools, including Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Berkeley, Chicago, Columbia, Toronto, Ann Arbor, Berlin, Hanover, Nice, etc.)
  • Take part in a wide variety of mathematics events in Moscow
  • Apply for teaching and research assistantship positions
  • •Study for free on a full-tuition scholarship
Career opportunities

Graduates who wish to pursue a research career in mathematics are expected to continue their training at the PhD level. Otherwise, this MSc diploma certifies a substantial background in mathematics, which will give graduates a competitive advantage when applying to jobs in finance and economics.

Partner universities:
  • Ecole Polytechnique (France)
  • Kyoto University (Japan)
  • Leiden University (the Netherlands)
  • University of Tokyo (Japan)
  • University of Luxembourg

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline July 15, 2015. Applications are processed on a rolling basis and we encourage applicants to apply before the deadline.
Tuition fee
  • EUR 2987 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 2987 Year (EEA)


Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

The M.Sc. programme in Mathematics offers a wide range of mathematical courses.

Mandatory courses:

  • Mathematical methods of Science

  • Mathematical Experiments

  • History of Mathematics

  • Graduate students seminar

Optional courses:

  • Complex analysis

  • Ordinary differential equations

  • Introduction to probability

  • Stochastic dynamics and ergodic theory

  • Functional analysis

  • Equations of mathematical physics

  • Partial differential equations and distributions

  • Introduction to dynamical systems

  • Analysis of several complex variables

  • Integrable systems

  • Basic algebra

  • Advanced algebra

  • Basic representation theory

  • Commutative algebra

  • Introduction to number theory

  • Arithmetic/diophantine geometry

  • Logic and computability

  • Lie groups and Lie algebras

  • Sheaves and cohomology

  • Academic Writing

  • Topology I

  • Topology II

  • Riemann surfaces

  • Differential geometry

  • Algebraic geometry: a start-up course

  • Differential topology

  • Symplectic geometry and topology

  • Singularity theory

  • Hodge theory and complex algebraic geometry

  • Riemannian geometry

Research Seminars:

  • Quantum Algebras

  • Mathematics of physical phenomena

  • Convex and Algebraic Geometry

  • Computations in homological algebra

  • Formal language theory

  • Geometric structures on manifolds

  • Geometry and dynamics

  • Homological methods in mathematical physics and representation theory

  • Modern problems in quantum field theory

  • Combinatorics of Vassiliev invariants

  • Weekly seminar of the Laboratory of Algebraic Geometry and its Applications

  • Fundamental ideas of mathematics

  • Basics of algebraic geometry

  • Representations and probability

Requirements for Mathematics

  • Application form
  • CV
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Academic transcripts
  • List of course projects in mathematics or physical sciences (optional)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Results from English proficiency exams (IELTS or TOEFL)

*Native English speakers and graduates from English-taught programmes are exempt.

Work Experience for Mathematics

No work experience is required.

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