The HSE and University of London Double Degree Programme in Data Science and Business Analytics programme at the National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) programme is based on the successful experience of HSE’s Bachelor’s programme in Applied Mathematics and Informatics and the longstanding work of the London School of Economic and Political Science (University of London).
Graduates of the programme will receive:
The programme is aimed at educating well-versed analysts and data scientists to have knowledge in applied economics, specifically the financial industry. The main goal is to equip students with solid applied skills enabling them to solve tasks creatively and efficiently.Major goals of the programme:
1. Studying at the faculty established by HSE and Yandex
In 2014, the Higher School of Economics and Yandex, a leading Russian IT company, established the Faculty of Computer Science where the intersection of academic science and hands-on experience is key to preparing specialists who are qualified enough to tackle a wide range of IT challenges immediately upon graduation.
2. UK university partner with a prominent and established reputation
The London School of Economics and Political Science designed and will supervise ‘the British part’ of the programme. LSE is one of the world’s leading universities, ranked #35 in the QS World Universities ranking. It places within the top 150 universities offering education and research in Computer Sciences and ranks 5th in Economics.
3. High-quality Teaching
Experienced teaching staff who also contributed to developing the Bachelor’s programme in Applied Mathematics and Information Science
4. Obtaining professional competences for a specific industry
The programme offers a cluster of financial and economic disciplines and applied courses that introduce students to real-world cases and teach them how value added can be accumulated.
5. Access to continuing education at top-notch Master’s programmes in Applied Mathematics, Information Science and Economics
The programme’s graduates have broad prospects to enter best Master’s programmes in both Applied Mathematics and Informatics and Economics. In particular, the new Master’s programme in Finance Technologies and Data Analysis, launched in 2017 in collaboration with Sberbank – Russia’s leading bank championing innovative IT transformation – welcomes graduates of the programme.
6. Rigorous project activities and research
A significant part of the programme consists of hands-on courses which are introduced in the second year when each student carries out a programming project under the supervision of a mentor from an IT company. During their third and fourth years, students can choose whether to focus on research activities or continue honing their project skills by working on team projects offered by the faculty’s industry partners. Student projects will mostly be related to the financial industry.
7. Wide network of partners
The faculty partners with large banks (Sberbank, Alfa-Bank, Tinkoff Bank), consulting companies (PwC, McKinsey&Co), financial (Moscow Stock Exchange, Foreksis, Worldquant) and other types of companies that may be considered potential employers (SAS, MTS). The number of partnerships is consistently growing. While some partners’ employees will be mentoring student projects, others will teach them to solve real-world cases within the Business Analytics and Applied Statistics course and research seminar.Double-degree programme
Prospective students follow the general admission process at HSE. Intense training in English is an integral part of studies during the first year. Provided students have passed the exam session successfully under HSE’s regulation on interim assessment, they transfer to the second year of studies at HSE and enrol in the first year at the University of London programme.
The student’s second, third and fourth years at HSE are considered the first, second and third year of studies at the University of London, respectively. Given that the University of London’s programme consists of three years of full time studies, students complete the double-degree programme entirely in four years, which corresponds to the length of a Bachelor’s programme in Russia. Degrees are awarded to students upon successful Bachelor's thesis defence.Career Oportunities
Graduates of the programme will enjoy high demand as qualified specialists in financial data-driven organizations, consulting and IT companies, and start-ups. Graduates’ skills in complex systems development, teamwork, and proficiency in handling big data and machine learning will help them to take leading positions and to be responsible for the digital transformation of business.
Possible employers include:
You need the following IELTS score:
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.
It is possible to take exams online or on-site or participate in International Youth Olympiad. The decision on candidates is made according to the results of the entrance examination. The applicant must take two exams:
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Check the programme website for information about funding options.
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