Level of education: Master programme

Type of instruction: Full-time

Duration: 2 years

Language of instruction: English/Russian

A new Master’s programme Advanced Mathematics was launched at St Petersburg University in 2019. This two-year programme is aimed at English-speaking students interested in mathematics and theoretical computer science. It is carried out in collaboration with the Chebyshev Laboratory, headed by the Fields Medalist Stanislav Smirnov, Professor of the University of Geneva.

The programme offers a completely new curriculum covering a wide range of advanced topics in theoretical mathematics, theoretical computer science, and their applications.

 

Full description

The master's programme ‘Advanced Mathematics’ is designed to provide an opportunity to receive an advanced fundamental mathematical education. Students can choose their majors in a wide range of core branches of mathematics. Cuttingedge achievements are taken into account in the programme. Training starts with an intensive fundamental course, which summarises the main sections of the

‘Mathematics’ bachelor's programme that are not included in the standard courses at other universities. The keystone of the programme is the offered wide system of elective courses and seminars in: Algebra; Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory; Topology and Geometry; Mathematical and Functional Analysis; Differential

Equation Theory Analysis and Theory of Dynamical Systems; Mathematical Physics;

Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics; and Mathematical Logic and Combinatorics.  Students are involved in research activities and have an opportunity to take part in Russian and foreign scientific schools and conferences.

 

Key Skills

  • Ability to conduct independent theoretical research
  • Solid knowledge of classical and modern results in mathematics and TCS
  • Academic communication skills
  • Ability to solve mathematical problems arising in industrial areas, e.g. in Finance or IT
  • Ability to teach advanced graduate-level courses in mathematics and computer science

 

Entering Research and Professional Community

The programme is tightly connected with the rich research and educational infrastructure of St Petersburg. Students are encouraged to participate in seminars and research projects of many research groups in mathematics and theoretical computer science across the city. In particular, the Chebyshev Laboratory and Steklov Institute of Mathematics at St Petersburg host regular seminars, where guest lectures are often delivered by leading researchers from all over the world.

Alumni of the programme can naturally proceed with their PhD studies in Saint Petersburg or elsewhere, or choose a career in the industry. In particular, the Chebyshev Laboratory has strong ties with leading Russian and European industrial and IT companies such as Gazprom Neft, Yandex and JetBrains.

 

Key Features of the Programme

  • Lecturers are leading researchers and experienced teachers, many of which have international research and teaching experience.
  • Courses are taught in English (Russian language skills are not necessary); this is essential for employability of graduates in the international research and job market.
  • The programme operates in a lively framework of Chebyshev Laboratory hosting many research seminars and a continuous flow of guest lecturers who are leading researchers from all over the world.
  • Tight connection with Chebyshev Laboratory and Steklov Institute of Mathematics at St Petersburg makes it possible for students to participate in joint research projects with top researchers whose expertise covers the majority of the areas of modern mathematics and computer science.
  • Small group size implies personalized approach during the whole duration of studies.
  • Travel support for participation in conferences, summer schools and other scientific events.
  • We expect fellowships for top students both from the government and private foundations. Students involved in research grants may also receive extra funding.

 

Main Courses

Some elective educational courses

  • Basic courses
  • Basic Course on Discrete Mathematics
  • Basic Course on Continuous Mathematics
  • Elective courses
  • Discrete Geometry
  • Sieve Methods in Analytic Number Theory
  • Partially and Non-Uniformly Hyperbolic Systems
  • Qualitative Theory of Dynamical Systems
  • Formal Groups
  • Riemanninan Surfaces
  • Spectral Sequences
  • Communication Complexity
  • Limit Theorems for Stochastic Processes
  • Advanced Data Structures
  • Advanced Algorithms
  • Metric Geometry and Alexandrov Spaces

 

Teaching Staff

You can find the list of researchers, professors, lecturers and administrative staff here.

Council of the M.Sc. programme `Advanced mathematics’

 

Additional Opportunities

  • Fellowships for top students, we expect both the tuition waivers from the government and scholarships from our sponsor. Students involved in research grants may also receive extra funding from these sources.
  • Travel support for participation in conferences, summer schools and other scientific events.
  • Intensive mentoring during the whole duration of studies.
  • Housing for students.

Application Process

Application process for the “Advanced Mathematics” programme. You can forward your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can find all the relevant information on the SPbU website or contact the Admissions Office directly by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone +7 (812) 363-66-33.

 

Tuition Fees

Information about the tuition fees for SPbU study programmes can be found here.