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Finance: Duisenberg Honours Track Quantitative Risk Management at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Looking for an executive-level education that will turn you into a quantitative financial risk professional – or maybe even Chief Risk Officer?

 

This challenging Honours programme, which is named after Wim Duisenberg, the first President of the European Central Bank, will give you not only quantitative econometric and mathematical skills, but also the hands-on practical experience to be able to implement econometric models in the workplace from day one. That’s why all our students have job offers before they graduate with their Master’s – and also why they’re ready to hit the ground running when they start their careers.


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Finance: Duisenberg Honours Track Quantitative Risk Management

This programme offers a unique combination of quantitative maths/statistics skills, financial business savvy, and the understanding of what’s relevant when it comes to implementation in practice.

 

You’ll come out of the programme as a fully-fledged professional – ready work independently as soon as you start your first job. No further training needed.

 

You’ll also have the opportunity to take workshops in soft skills – such as communications, leadership, presentation and public speaking skills – as part of a tailor-made programme to train you to become a future CFO or CRO.

 

For the first half of this programme, you’ll focus on fundamental quantitative theories. For the second half, you’ll focus both on the application of these theories and on the field of risk management.

 

To break it down:

  •  You’ll take eight mandatory core courses that together cover quantitative skills and risk management. These include:
  •  Stochastic Processes – At the start of the programme, you’ll cover the fundamental mathematical concepts that dictate how financial markets move.
  •  Quantitative Financial Risk Management – Towards the end of the programme, you’ll apply the knowledge you’ve learnt so far to the quantitative modelling of risk.
  •  Econometrics – Not offered by any other quantitative finance programme, you’ll get hands-on experience of using econometric models.
  •  You’ll take at least two electives, which you’ll have the freedom to choose from any department at VU Amsterdam or even another university! In practice, most students take electives in computer science or fintech courses – for example, with a focus on machine learning or data mining.
  •  You’ll conduct a research project that relates to a genuine issue in the industry.
  •  Finally, you’ll write your Master’s thesis in combination with an internship. Past students have taken internships at the top 4 consulting firms, major banks, top pension funds, insurance companies, fintech companies and trading firms. In all cases, you’ll be carrying out cutting-edge research that’s driven by a practical need.

 

Wim Duisenberg was a Dutch politician whose pivotal role in the financial sector culminated in serving as the first President of the European Central Bank. The three Duisenberg Honours Programmes at VU Amsterdam are named after this influential figure in Dutch and European Economics.


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Finance: Duisenberg Honours Track Quantitative Risk Management

The Duisenberg Honours programme is well known in the financial industry in the Netherlands

 

That is because our students graduate not only with the quantitative skills that you’d expect from maths or econometrics graduates, but also with hands-on implementation/coding skills and practical knowledge of financial markets. Furthermore, VU Amsterdam’s proximity to the heart of the Netherlands’ financial centre, the Zuidas, means it has excellent links with the financial services industry.


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Finance: Duisenberg Honours Track Quantitative Risk Management

Applying with an international degree

 

If you have read the admission criteria and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your original documents are required.

 

Step 1: Review the admission criteria

 

Step 2: Prepare your documents and apply online 

 

Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

  •  Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU citizens)
  •  Curriculum Vitae
  •  Motivation letter
  •  Transcript of records
  •  A description of the courses you have taken during your previous higher education, that are relevant with respect to the ‘admission requirements (with an international degree)’. Don’t forget to mention the main literature used for the courses you took and the number of credits/class hours. Please use this format.
  •  Thesis (or another sample of academic writing). If your thesis was not written in English, please submit the original with an added summary of about 3 pages in English.

 

 

Step 3: Await the decision on admission

 

The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you are admitted to theprogramme, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email.

 

 

Step 4: Finalise your registration!

 

Make sure to finalise your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation on what to do after you are admitted. When all of the conditions are met, you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!


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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Business & Economics

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 1 year

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 16630 EUR / year

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Business & Economics

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 1 year

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 16630 EUR / year

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