Master's program
Data Science

09.04.03- Applied informatics
Type of study
Russian & English
2 years
Double degree program from SFEDU and the University of London
Study places available
State - supported education
(only for Russian nationals and nationals whose parents were born in the USSR)
Tuition fee - based
Program description
Demand for data scientists is booming and will only increase. Join a top-notch Master's program focused on machine learning and AI for big data analytics. There's no room for compromise: benefit from high-quality university education enriched with online self-education and expert tutor support.

Southern Federal University has been offering this practice-oriented and internationally acclaimed Master's program since 2015. Now with an option to earn a double degree from the University of London.

Top reasons to study

Data Scientist is the #1 job of nearly every Best Job survey

Blended learning: mixed distance and traditional campus-based education
The program is open to everyone, regardless of age and academic background
A challenging and flexible curriculum to grow your soft and hard skills
Pre-PhD track: by the time you graduate, augment your CV with an extensive list of publications and grants
Option for double degree: study with Southern Federal University, graduate with the University of London
Program structure
This programme comprises four core modules, two compulsory modules, four optional modules, and a final project
Four core modules
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Data Science
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Programming in Python
  • Big Data Analysis
    Two compulsory modules
    • Data Visualisation
    • Data Science Research Topics
    Four optional modules chosen from:
    • Natural Language Processing
    • Social Networks and Graph Analysis
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • R for Data Science
    • Neural Networks
    • Blockchain Programming
    • Financial Data Modelling
    • Mathematics of Financial Markets
    And a final project
    Admission requirements
    • A bachelor's degree (or an acceptable equivalent) in any subject. In certain cases, you will be required to complete an online preparatory course, Foundations of Data Science (30 hours), prior to registration.
    • The minimum passing score for an examination taken online: 50/100 points.
    English Language requirements for the double degree program
    • IELTS: at least 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in the written test.
    • TOEFL iBT: at least 92 overall, with 22+ in reading and writing and 20+ in speaking and listening;
    • You are not required to provide English language evidence if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English.
    Career outcomes
    During these two years, you will benefit from Southern Federal University's network of industrial, research, and institutional partners. Upon graduation, you can expect to work for top companies in a wide and growing range of industries. If you are happy with your job, get a "second wind", an ability to develop within the profession and transform the profession for the better.
    Job titles
    Chief Data Officer (CDO), data science consultant, data scientist, risk/fraud data analyst, quantitative model developer, AI/ML engineer, Big Data engineer, Python/Hadoop developer.
    Program Director
    Associate Professor,
    Candidate of Technical Sciences

    Phone: +7(863) 218-40-00, ext. 30017

    Doctor of Technical Sciences
    Professor, Doctor of Technical Sciences
    Postdoc, PhD
    Department Chair,
    Doctor of Technical Sciences
    Associate Professor,
    Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
    Dr. Larisa Soldatova
    Ways to enter SFEDU
    See the application guide
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