Quant Guide 2022: University of Florence

Florence, Italy

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One of three Italian programmes represented in this year’s Risk.net Quant Guide, the University of Florence’s MSc in Finance and Risk Management has undergone mostly subtle statistical changes over the past year. The programme’s employment rate, for example, has fallen by 1.5 percentage points to 87.25%. The number of applications is virtually unchanged at 306. And the gender balance of students has shifted a little, to a 66/34 male/female split, up from 60/40 in the previous year.

Most notable, though, is the rise in the number of students on the programme, from 92 to 124. Associate professor of finance Alessandro Giannozzi has also taken over as director, replacing Maria Elvira Mancino, who remains with the programme.

The degree has a new instructor: professor of finance Simona Zambelli, previously of the University of Bologna, a specialist in venture capital and the emerging field of neurofinance. Other programme staff include: Gabriele Fiorentini, a specialist in financial econometrics; and professor of statistics Carla Rampichini. A new module in private equity risk management has been added.

Course material is split across four ‘tracks’. The first year is dedicated to the common track, which is compulsory, and includes classes in computational finance, corporate governance, quantitative risk management and capital markets law. In the programme’s second year, students choose from among the three remaining tracks: insurance and risk management, involving classes in insurance and risk models, and Python workshops; corporate finance and banking, with classes in mergers and acquisitions, and accounting; and quantitative finance, involving material on data science, machine learning and quantitative portfolio management.

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