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Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science

Tilburg University

Master Postgraduate Tilburg

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Economics, commerce, management and accounting
Course summary If you are interested in mathematics and finance and you want to learn how to use mathematics and statistics to solve real financial and actuarial problems, this is the program for you!
Course description The Master's program in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science takes the critical field of risk management as its central theme, examined through the lens of quantitative models. Taught by leading international academics, content reflects the forefront of world developments in which: *Investors weigh risks against returns; *insurers limit their risks by calculating the appropriate premiums; *option traders balance their books by calculating the sensitivities of their positions with respect to the relevant risk factors. Delve into these challenging worlds of continuous time finance, empirical applications, and the actuarial sciences of risk theory and asset liability management - giving you a tool-kit of highly practical skills you can apply throughout your entire financial career. This program is one of the programs with the best career prospects. Graduates find work easily, often before graduation, and they earn above average. Rankings #1 in the Netherlands, #3 in Europe in Finance - Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, 2018 # 1 in the Netherlands and #48 in the world in Economics & Econometrics - QS World University Rankings by subject, 2018
Study subjects The program consists of 60 Credits (ECTS). Students will take at least 4 out of 6 core courses. The 6 core courses are: Empirical Finance, Life Cycle Investment and Pension Systems, Valuation and Risk Management, Asset Liability Management, Data Science Methods, Issues in Finance and Insurance. Furthermore students can choose up to 3 electives of 6 ECTS each and write a Master's thesis of 18 ECTS. Within the program students can choose the specialization in Pensions, Aging and Retirement.
Course objectives The central theme of the QFAS programme is risk management, based explicitly on quantitative models. Topics include continuous time finance, empirical applications from finance of the actuarial sciences, risk theory and asset liability management.
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 12 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, literature study, oral presentation, computer exercise, research, research project, tutorial, lecture, group assignment, individual assignment, self study, seminar
Accreditation AACSB, NVAO

About the institution

Department Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Information about the institution At Tilburg University, our mission is to inspire students and faculty members to reach their full potential, and in doing so, reap a positive impact on the society around them.


Admission requirements
  1. The minimum GRE score for applicants is 160 on the quantitative part.
  2. Proficiency in English is required. Students who obtained their Bachelor's degree in the Netherlands, native English speakers and applicants with a Bachelor's degree from a programme entirely in English are admitted without an English proficiency test.
  3. - University Bachelor's degree in a relevant field in Economics, Quantitative Finance
Language requirements
IELTS listening 6
IELTS overall band 6.5
IELTS reading 6
IELTS speaking 6
IELTS writing 6
TOEFL computer based 233
TOEFL internet based 90
TOEFL paper based 575
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Aug 2019 1 Aug 2019 1 Apr 2019
1 Jan 2020 1 Jan 2020 1 Oct 2019
1 Aug 2020 1 Aug 2020 1 Apr 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2083€ 14600€ 14600

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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