Quant Guide 2021: University of Bologna

Bologna, Italy

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The University of Bologna’s Master in Quantitative Finance involves a range of compulsory modules and electives, as well as a choice between a 150-hour internship or an advanced workshop in quant finance, the latter being based on the study of a piece of contemporary research.

The two-year programme is overseen by academic director Silvia Romagnoli, an associate professor in the department of statistical sciences.

There are currently a total of 136 students – first- and second-year – on the programme, compared with last year’s total of 125. Applications have remained steady, at 343 this year, versus 341 last year. And while the total number of instructors on the course has fallen slightly – to 48 this year, from last year’s 50 – there are now 10 with an industry affiliation, compared with last year’s eight.

Average graduate compensation has also held steady, at a mean of $33,489, as has the average employment rate six months after completion of the degree, at a solid 93%. The programme remains one of the cheapest featured in the guide, with a maximum tuition cost of €3,060.

Romagnoli says a range of measures have been taken to protect students and staff from the coronavirus pandemic, in line with Italy’s national regulations. For the first semester of the 2020/21 academic year, classes will be taught both in person and virtually.

“To manage capacity in the best possible way, students must schedule the classes they plan to attend in two-week periods,” she explains. Exams and internships alike can be conducted online.

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