What will I learn?

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.

Research project

During the seminar Financial Case Studies small groups of students do an applied research project under supervision of a staff member. The topics for these research projects are provided by the financial industry. The last two blocks of the programme are devoted to the Master’s thesis, which can be theoretically-oriented or practically-oriented. Practically-oriented theses are usually combined with an internship or traineeship. The thesis is written individually under close supervision by one of the staff members of the Econometric Institute.

Career opportunities

A Master specialisation in Quantitative Finance comes with excellent career prospects, both in the Netherlands and internationally. Despite the recent turmoil in financial markets, the demand for well-trained quantitative financial economists is still as high as ever and has in several areas even increased. Typically, your future lies with:

  • Banks
  • Asset Management Firms
  • Hedge funds
  • Insurance companies
  • Pension funds
  • Private equity houses
  • Consulting firms
  • Regulatory bodies like central banks

Which department am I in?

Erasmus School of Economics

Study options

Full Time (60 ECTS; 1 year)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (US$ 17,793) per year
Start date

Expected September 2020


Erasmus University Rotterdam

Campus Woudestein,

Mandeville Building, Room T12-47, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50,



3062 PA, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For international students

Your degree has to be equivalent to the BSc in Econometrics and Operations Research offered by Erasmus School of Economics. Your Bachelor's degree in Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Mathematics, Quantitative Economics, Mathematics, Statistics or Industrial Engineering needs to be equivalent in both level and content.

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