Mathematics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #351 ,
The Mathematics programme which is offered by the National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) aims at training professional researchers in mathematical sciences and experts in mathematical education. Students will be prepared for Ph.D. qualifying tests in Algebra, Topology and Analysis, have own research agenda and experience and have teaching experience at university level.


The M.Sc. Mathematics programme which is offered by the 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.

Applicants can expect to:

  • Learn from leading experts in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics
  • Take advantage of a great variety of mathematical events happening in Moscow, a world famous mathematical center
  • Choose to combine our M.Sc. programme with international M.Sc. or integrated graduate programmes
  • Take advantage of our student exchange programmes with universities in Europe and Japan
  • Choose from a wide range of special topics courses and research seminars
  • Continue their research in our Ph.D. programme or in any international Ph.D. programme in Mathematics (This year our first class of six M.Sc. students entered their second year and already they have received offers from the Universities Princeton, Bonn, Hanover and Nice )
  • Benefit from a uniquely stimulating, dynamic and supportive learning environment
  • Discover the rich and fascinating cultural life of Moscow
  • Apply for Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships
  • Apply for travel grants
  • Career Opportunities

    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
    For more information, please visit the programme website.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity

      You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

      • Duration 24 months
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus
    Check my chance of being admitted

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

      Take IELTS test
    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

    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.

    Other required documents:
    • 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 4157 International
              • EUR 4157 EU/EEA
              • 290,000 RUB / year


              StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.