Quantitative Finance

SubjectFinance, Economics

LevelMaster

Type of DegreeMSc

CostEUR 2,060 2018/2019

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The Master’s specialisation in Quantitative Finance is aimed at talented and motivated students with an interest in studying finance from an econometric point of view. Given the quantitative nature of this Master’s specialisation, students are expected to have a strong interest in (and prior knowledge of) statistics, mathematics, and econometrics. 

Quantitative analysis has become an essential ingredient in the everyday practice of the financial industry. Strategic decisions that require quantitative support are many and diverse, including portfolio management, derivatives pricing, and risk management. Due to increased data availability and computing power, it has now become possible to provide such support to decision-makers.

To do this in an adequate manner, however, is not straightforward. The complexity of the problems calls for finance professionals with a strong quantitative background and solid knowledge of financial theory.

The need for finance professionals with excellent quantitative skills is increasing and will continue to grow in the near future. The Master’s specialisation in Quantitative Finance aims to provide high-quality training to enable graduates to pursue careers in the financial industry, or to excel in science.

Graduates are able to apply existing quantitative techniques and econometric models to complex real-world financial problems. Furthermore, graduates are trained to develop and apply new econometric solutions if required.

About the Programme

The Master’s specialisation in Quantitative Finance takes a broad perspective, and covers all main areas in finance where econometric techniques can be usefully put to work.

Moreover, the programme aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice. The lecturers in the specialisation are involved in high-level academic research projects, and also are active in consultancy and advice work in the sector. They continuously update the lecture materials with the most recent developments and insights.

The programme benefits from the location in Rotterdam, where many important Dutch financial institutions have their headquarters or important branches. Contacts with the industry are very good. Many firms gladly provide (i) frequent guest lectures; (ii) practically relevant topics for the course Financial Case Studies, and (iii) research internships, which can be used as the basis for the thesis.

Each year, there are about 60 new students in the programme. This guarantees a personal approach and consistent high-quality courses, which are very well evaluated. This limited number also creates a cohesive group, which makes it easier to go through and finish the programme in time.

Career Prospects

Graduates have excellent career prospects, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Despite the recent turmoil in financial markets, demand for well-trained quantitative financial economists has remained high or has even increased.

Excellent career opportunities exist within banks, asset management firms, hedge funds, insurance companies, pension funds, private equity houses, consulting firms, and regulatory bodies such as central banks.


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