Quant Guide 2021: University of St Gallen

St Gallen, Switzerland

St Gallen
Photo: University of St Gallen, Hannes Thalmann


The University of St Gallen’s Master’s in Quantitative Economics and Finance (MIQEF) has a brace of new academic directors this year in Winfried Koeniger and Matthias Fengler. Koeniger is a professor of economics, formerly of Queen Mary University of London, and Fengler is a professor of econometrics. They take over from Christian Keuschnigg, also a professor of economics.

The MIQEF was historically one of the smaller courses in the Risk.net Quant Guide. It has increased in size significantly since last year, however, with 32 students in the current cohort versus the previous programme’s 24. It’s hugely popular among those who do manage to get a place: this year, 32 out of 35 offer holders accepted their offer, with many applicants doubtless attracted by a strong graduate employment rate of 90%.

The curriculum, like last year, includes ‘contextual studies’ classes, which students can take on top of mandatory and elective modules, as well as a master’s thesis.

St Gallen did not submit a number of key statistics this year, including data on graduate salaries, teaching staff, contact hours and research power – key figures for the ranking metrics that Risk.net employs. The programme might well have appeared in the top half of the leader board if it had reported on a few more categories.

View this institution’s entry in the 2020 guide

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