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Summary of Degree Programme

Field of Studies

01.04.02 Applied Mathematics and Informatics

Approved by
The academic council meeting protocol № 08 from 30.09.2016
Last Update
Approved by the academic head of the program, 15.05.2019
Length of Studies, Mode of Studies, Credit Load

2 years

Full-time, 120 credits

Language of Instruction


Instruction in English

Degree Level


Double-degree Programme


Competitive Advantages

Compared to all similar programs, the program “Statistical theory of learning " stands out by the significantly stronger level of training in the following areas: mathematical statistics, convex optimization. 

These areas are key in the development of new methods of statistical learning, as well as for the understanding of this area of knowledge. This is also a key difference from the training program in the direction of “Data Analysis” in the Yandex school of data analysis. SHAD provides additional training in discrete optimization, as well as significantly more attention to the development of programming skills. 

The program is designed primarily to train researchers in the modern theory of machine learning and the main expected direction of career development of graduates-academic. The level of the proposed program "Statistical theory of learning" largely corresponds to the level of preparation of the first years at a similar Ph.D. programs of foreign Universities. This circumstance gives graduates of the program a competitive advantage when entering the Ph. D. programs of foreign universities. It is also worth considering that the necessary programming skills can be mastered thanks to the large number of available online courses, while the analogues of the most advanced courses of the program in the public domain are virtually absent.

Professional Activities and Competencies of Programme Graduates

The program "Statistical theory of learning" is formed on the basis of the Data Analysis program in Skoltech. 

The program is designed to train researchers and developers of new methods at the intersection of several modern mathematical disciplines: statistics, optimization, machine learning. 

The program is focused on training specialists in the field of statistical theory of learning. Graduates of the educational program must have the skills of a developer and researcher in this field and meet the highest professional requirements of leading domestic and foreign companies and research and educational centers. Graduates should have a broad professional Outlook and possess methodological approaches in the field, have sufficient knowledge and skills to develop and analyze the effectiveness of new methods and approaches for solving machine learning problems.

Graduates should be able to show leadership qualities and apply the received fundamental and applied knowledge for the choice of an actual problem (which can be solved within the framework of the concept of statistical theory of training), development of algorithms for solving this problem, organization of the development process, including, with the involvement of narrowly focused specialists in different fields.

Graduates will be able to develop mathematical and simulation models for solving machine learning problems, use standard computer tools to study the effectiveness of their work, use professional search engines, present the results in the form of publications and reports, make expert assessments.

Programme Modules

The format of the program provides for learning within the master's curriculum a number of mandatory courses, as well as a number of courses of the student's choice. 

Courses taught include basic and advanced courses in optimization, stochastics, statistics and machine learning.

The variable part contains a number of special advanced courses on special sections of the statistical theory of training, and also a number of the courses focused on applications of the theory of statistical training to the solution of applied problems.

All courses of the program are taught in the first year and a half of training. The greatest intensity falls on 3-4 modules of the first year of training and 1-2 modules of the second year of training. 

Within the framework of the program, students are expected to participate in a research seminar.

Options for Students with Disabilities

This degree programme of HSE University is adapted for students with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. Special assistive technology and teaching aids are used for collective and individual learning of students with SEN and disabilities. The specific adaptive features of the programme are listed in each subject's full syllabus and are available to students through the online Learning Management System.

Programme Documentation

All documents of the degree programme are stored electronically on this website. Curricula, calendar plans, and syllabi are developed and approved electronically in corporate information systems. Their current versions are automatically published on the website of the degree programme. Up-to-date teaching and learning guides, assessment tools, and other relevant documents are stored on the website of the degree programme in accordance with the local regulatory acts of HSE University.

I hereby confirm that the degree programme documents posted on this website are fully up-to-date.

Vice Rector Sergey Yu. Roshchin

Summary of Degree Programme 'Statistical Learning Theory'

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