Mathematics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The programme in Mathematics aims at training professional researchers in mathematical sciences and experts in mathematical education.

On successful completion of the programme students:

  • will be prepared for Ph.D. qualifying tests in Algebra, Topology and Analysis,
  • will have own research agenda and experience;
  • will have teaching experience at university level.

The M.Sc. Mathematics at National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) takes two full years of study. All M.Sc. students complete their Individual Plans of Study (IPS). The IPS includes some mandatory items. However, most courses are student chosen (students can choose from a certain number of special topics courses and a certain number of research seminars). A course project must be completed by the end of the first year. By the end of their course of study, students are required to submit a Master’s thesis. A presentation of thesis results, in the form of a seminar, is required. Every M.Sc. student has a faculty advisor, who supervises the course project and the Master’s thesis.

Further Opportunities

The Faculty of Mathematics has a 4-year Ph.D. programme that is free for everybody. Students who wish to enter this programme are required to pass an entrance exam.

International Ph.D. programmes in Mathematics are also offered by the Institute of Information Transmission Problems and the Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (both institutes in Moscow). They are focused on fundamental and applied research.

Career Oppotunities

Mathematician is the best job according to the 2014 survey of the career website Alumni of mathematical departments are often employed for the top three jobs of 2016 (these are data analyst, statistician and information security analyst).

However the majority of our “Mathematics” program graduates plan an academic career and continue their education at PhD level. They were invited to Mathematics PhD programmes at such universities as HSE, Princeton, MIT, Columbia, Stony Brook, Michigan - Ann Arbor, Leiden, and Nice, among others.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Mathematical methods of Science
  • Complex analysis
  • Ordinary differential equations
  • Introduction to probability
  • Functional analysis
  • Equations of mathematical physics
  • Partial differential equations and distributions
  • Introduction to dynamical systems
  • Analysis of several complex variables
  • Integrable systems
  • Advanced algebra
  • Representation theory
  • Commutative algebra
  • Introduction to number theory
  • Galois theory
  • Logic and computability
  • Lie groups and Lie algebras
  • Homological algebra and sheaf theory
  • Academic writing
  • Advanced topology
  • Riemann surfaces
  • Differential geometry
  • Algebraic geometry: a start-up course
  • Differential topology
  • Symplectic geometry and topology
  • Singularity theory
  • Riemannian geometry
  • History of mathematics
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            Detailed Programme Facts

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            • Full-time duration 24 months
            • Study intensity Full-time
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
              On Campus
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            Academic Requirements

            To apply for the Master of Science programme in Mathematics candidates must have or expect (by the end of August) a Bachelor of Science diploma (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, Computer Science or related fields. They are expected to have a strong interest in pure mathematics or mathematical physics and a record of extra-curricular activities in this field.

            List of documents required:

            • Application form
            • Resume/CV
            • Letter of motivation (1-2 pages)
            • Scans of diplomas and academic transcripts
            • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from someone familiar with your academic work)
            • Scan of English proficiency exam results (IELTS or TOEFL) 

            Tuition Fee Per Year

            • EUR 4552 International
            • EUR 4552 EU/EEA
            • 290,000 RUB / year


            Applications are currently being accepted for full-tuition scholarships to study at National Research University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow and St. Petersburg. All international students seeking English- or Russian-language graduate education are encouraged to apply.

            Scholarships cover the full cost of tuition for Master’s programs over the course of two years. Subsidized accommodation at HSE dormitories is available for around 1400 rubles per month.

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