Contemporary combinatorics

Online Master’s program in English

Phystech School of Applied Mathematics and Informatics

Program Overview

The Phystech School of Applied Mathematics and Informatics of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) launches a call for the two-year Online Master’s Program «Contemporary combinatorics» ( in English). The Program will create a solid foundation of knowledge of modern discrete mathematics and its applications in computer science and in the analysis of complex networks.

This program is focused on the modern aspects of combinatorics (discrete mathematics) and its applications in computer science and in the theory of complex networks. Students both study advanced state-of-the-art methods used in discrete mathematics and foster intuition of working with discrete objects and models and do research in various topics of discrete mathematics – either pure or applied.

Features of the implementation of the Master’s program

With the help of new educational technologies and the “flipped learning” approach, courses on basic specialties, compulsory general education courses and interaction with a research supervisor on writing research are being transferred to the online form.

The educational program consists of:

  • 1. electronic courses in which the student will be able to vary the pace of study;
  • 2. weekly webinars in the format of “office hours”, in which you can interact interactively with the teacher and ask the questions;
  • 3. personal advice on the conduct of scientific work.

Intermediate exams are taken using remote identity verification technologies with a remote proctor controller.

Career benefits for the graduates

Top 5 skills

The students who enter the program are expected to develop/strengthen the following skills:

  • — The ability to read original research papers on various topics of combinatorial mathematics.
  • — The ability to carry out a supervised research in the area of choice in combinatorics.
  • — The ability to design mathematical models for a real world problems.
  • — The ability to present the results of the research to professional community.
  • — The ability to carry out computational experiments backed by theoretical considerations.

Career tracks

  • — Researcher (mathematics, applied mathematics, computer science).
  • — Software developer / algorithm designer.
  • — Analyst.

Spheres for future employment

  • — Research institutions in mathematics in computer science.
  • — Information technology companies, incl. the Program Partners.


How to apply

To apply for our program, firstly please write a letter to our email address contcombi@phystech.edu until September 1. To your letter, you should attach your documents. The complete list of documents for applying:

Copy of passport which will be used to enter Russian Federation. The passport should be valid for at least 18 month after the presumed date of starting the education program.

Documents of your previous education (bachelor/specialist/master diploma) with the list of subjects studies and grades for them. If you haven’t received it yet – you can attach a certificate that you are still studying and will receive a diploma this year.

Your CV including places where you have studied before or worked before.

Letters of recommendation (at least two) are needed. Recommendation letters should be send by your referees directly to our email address contcombi@phystech.edu.

Applicants should have a basic knowledge of:

Algebra: groups, rings, fields, finite fields, matrices, polynomials.

Linear Algebra: vector spaces, bases, dimension, vector spaces over finite fields, examples.

Basics of Combinatorics: rules of addition and multiplication, permutations, combinations with repetition and without, binomial coefficients and binomial theorem.

Calculus: limits of consequences, continuous functions, limits of functions, derivatives, Taylor series.

Probability: classical definition of event probability, geometrical probability model.

Costof the program

The program welcomes any additional number of students selected by the committee.
The annual tuition fee is as low as 435 000 RUR (or $7000 / 6000 €).

Program partners

Our students have an opportunity to add an internship at Yandex research labs, Sberbank labs, 1C labs, Tinkoff labs, BioCad labs, ABBYY labs, Huawei labs, to their portfolio.


Our School

School of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science of MIPT in a nutshell

1. Program included mathematics, physics and theoretical physics at the highest level possible in Soviet Union at that time.

2. World-renowned scientists were giving lectures, 8 of them later became Nobel Prize winners.

3. Not only lectures but also seminars were taught by professional researchers (at least of PhD level).

4. Starting from the third year of study students started participating in the cutting edge research at the best labs and research centers in Moscow.

1. MIPT has a nation-wide reputation and the best research labs, design engineering bureaus and businesses are competing to employ MIPT graduates. Specialists consider MIPT as one of the very best Russian Universities.

2. A significant part of the alumni take the scientific path and become fundamental researchers. Their education allow them to become the world leading scientists, like Nobel Prize Winners Andre Gaim and Konstantin Novoselov, the discoverers of graphene.

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