• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The aim of this 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) is to train analysts and data scientists who are experienced in modern methods of machine learning, software development, working with big data and developing analytical models for business.


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:

  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Informatics, HSE
  • Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Business Analytics, University of London

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:
  • to provide rigorous training in mathematical courses, which is the necessary foundation for traditional quality higher education in Russia
  • to build competences in various domains of programming and modern information science, such as data analysis, machine learning, software design and development
  • to emphasize technical skills in working with big data and building analytical models to solve financial goals   
  • to immerse students in an environment where the courses are taught entirely in English, which will also contribute to a student’s adaptation to the international system of higher education
Advantages 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:

  • Banking, investment and insurance companies (Sberbank, Alfa-Bank, Tinkoff Bank, WorldQuant, Moscow Stock Exchange)
  • Leading Internet companies (Yandex, Mail.ru, Google, Facebook, Rambler)
  • Leading software manufacturers (Microsoft, SAP, SAS, Qlik, etc.)
  • Consulting (PWC, McKinsey&Co, Accenture, BCG, Glowbyte)
  • IT-departments and data analysis departments of large mobile providers (Beeline, MTS, Megafon)


  • State Accreditation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

What will I study?
  • Mathematical disciplines essential for computer scientists: Discrete Mathematics, Mathematical Analysis, Linear Algebra and Geometry, Differential Equations, Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics
  • A set of compulsory courses in programming consistent with those offered as part of the program in Applied Mathematics and Information Science
  • Databases, Information Systems Framework
  • Machine Learning and Applications
  • A range of elective courses (Corporate Finance, Financial Mathematics, Managerial Economics, Electronic Business).
  • Applied economic tasks solved during student projects, work for a Bachelor’s thesis, and within courses in Machine Learning and Business Analytics and Applied Statistics.
  • A distinguished set of financial and economic subjects:
    • Introduction to Economics
    • Introduction to Econometrics
    • Statistical Methods in Market Analysis
    • Business and Management in a Global World

English Language Requirements

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.

Academic Requirements

Preparatory stage (remote)
  • The first step of the application process is to register in the online application system. This form requires scans of your educational documents.
  • After preliminary consideration by the programme your application status will be updated.
  • An applicant should fill in an application for recognition of foreign credentials. This form requires scans of your educational documents and ID.
Examination stage (online or in Moscow)

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:

  • Mathematics;
  • English.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    8213 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8213 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    8213 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8213 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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585 000 RUB / year

Living costs for Moscow

  • 41640 - 81440 RUB/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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