Quant Guide 2022: University of Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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The University of Amsterdam’s Master’s in Stochastics and Financial Mathematics has refreshed its content this year. There are new classes in advanced computational finance, numerical algorithms, scientific computing, statistics for high-dimensional data, and statistics for stochastic processes.

A module in statistics for networks and time series will not be continued for this academic year, but may return in 2022.

Peter Spreij, a professor in the university’s mathematics institute, is programme director for the 2021/22 academic year, with Asma Khedher taking over for 2022/23.

The programme made 41 offers this year, up from 38 in the previous year. Out of the 28 accepted offers, 15 are international students. The programme received slightly more applications this year, rising to 67 from 60 last year. One of the biggest changes has been the decrease in fees. For those from the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland, fees have gone from €2,143 to €1,084. For non-EEA students, fees are marginally down from €15,510 to €14,976.

Another big change is in the number of industry-affiliated staff, which has fallen from 14 to just two.

The university organises an annual quants career event in collaboration with the master’s programmes for Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance, and Computational Science. This allows students and companies to meet for interviews, case studies and an informal careers fair.

The university does not require proof of vaccination to attend in-person classes, and will have at most only 10% of the programme taught remotely, with the majority being taught on campus, Spreij says. He adds that the Covid-19 pandemic has had “no clear impact” on employment rates, and that grades achieved over the past year align with previous years.

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