Mastering the Masters: Quantitative Finance

For some students, it is only the first year that is gradually coming to its end. However, others are nearly done with their bachelor and are on the verge of choosing a master. Either way, it is never harmful to be informed on the four different econometrics masters that are available at Erasmus University. Therefore, the series Mastering the Masters will allow you to gain some knowledge on the masters and hear from master students why they like theirs so much!

Next one up is the master Quantitative Finance. This master will strengthen the students’ mathematical and statistical skills, which they will be able to put to practice in the financial field. The programme covers all main areas of finance. For example, global issues such as the stability of the financial system, risk management and asset allocation will be dealt with. The course is highly interactive and is being taught by professors with a lot of skills and experience.

The Master’s specialisation consists of seven core courses, a seminar course Financial Case Studies and a Master’s thesis distributed over five blocks of eight weeks each. The core courses help students to get acquainted with a wide range of topics that are essential for econometrics and finance. Many core courses include empirical assignments, with the aim of developing the necessary skills for applying the econometric techniques in practice. (Source:

Chenming Qin chose the Quantitative Finance master: “During my bachelor of Econometrics, I particularly enjoyed the courses Finance and Time Series. I wanted to deepen my knowledge on those areas through this master programme. Furthermore, I heard that QF graduates have excellent job prospects!”

“I especially enjoy the quantitative aspect of this master. You get to derive some theories, which really facilitate my understanding of the formulas and conclusions that followed. In some of the courses we learn about the current papers in the Econometrics world. It is useful to know what is out there and integrate that with the academia. Additionally, I like that the professors are knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects.” Of course, Chenming had some expectations prior to starting the master: “I knew the master would be challenging and rewarding. But I did expect less work. Who am I kidding, it is a master degree! Really need to work for it!”

According to Chenming, it will not be difficult to find the right master for you. “If you like what you learn in the bachelor, then chances are, you will also enjoy what there is to offer in the masters!”


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  • Anique Van Schijndel
| Published on: Jun 16, 2018