The program combines high-level academic teaching and research in quantitative finance with problems taken directly out from the private banking and finance sector. A special feature of the program is the combination of lectures on financial economics with lectures on mathematical methods in finance (probability theory, statistics, numerical analysis).
The curriculum contains mandatory courses dedicated to the theory, the concepts and methods of Corporate Finance, Financial Markets, Financial Economics, Derivatives and Financial Engineering, Financial Econometrics and Mathematical Methods for Finance; further, each participant can follow specialized courses from the areas of Risk Management and Asset Management. Finally, the required Master Thesis serves to ensure the ability of the graduates to do autonomous scientific work for solving a relevant problem for the finance community.
Admission: Admission to the MSc in Finance program is based on the successful completion of a Bachelor degree; depending on their qualification applicants might be asked to pass a specialized interview covering topics of basic probability theory and/or fundamentals of corporate finance prior to final admission.
World-class faculty: The MSc in Quantitative Finance is privileged to draw on an outstanding faculty in economics, business, and empirical methods. The University of Zurich’s Economics Department ranks first in the German-speaking regions and is among the top worldwide.
Innovative, quality-driven program: We are a research-oriented institution that combines theory with a strong focus on cutting-edge empirical methods. The unique, multidisciplinary program meets the highest quality standards and prepares students for a wide variety of career opportunities in multinational organizations, economic institutions, and academia, among others.
International outlook: The Master of Science in Quantitative Finance responds to the growing business need of internationally groomed talent and equips students with the tools to handle the complex demands of an increasingly globalized economy. Our professors bring to the classroom a wealth of international experience. Students, too, come from a variety of countries. Some courses of the Master program are taught in English. German language skills are a requirement.
The city of Zurich: For years, Zurich has ranked among the cities in the world with the highest quality of living. The city offers a wealth of diverse cultural and recreational activities and an excellent network of public transport. Zurich is an international city with agreeable size (population of 340.000) and easy to get to know. Zurich is an enjoyable place to get your Master. Its large university community and the specialization in economic research have made it a major European knowledge center.