Quantitative Finance

University of Zurich

24 months
1360 EUR/year
1360 EUR/year
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Quantitative Finance graduates at University of Zurich will be familiar with the core concepts and questions relating to quantitative finance and will be able to implement analytical tools when examining problems taken from actual practice.


They will know how to apply the acquired concepts and methods in the context of project work and when confronting concrete problems. In addition, they will be able to present their results clearly, both orally and in writing. 

This Quantitative Finance study program from University of Zurich offers a specialization both in the basic economic principles of finance as well as in the application of probability theory, stochastic theory and numerical analysis in finance. The course generally takes three semesters and comprises 90 ECTS credits. 

The subject matter of each lecture is based on either economic theory for finance or mathematical methods for finance. The study program prescribes 33 credits from the compulsory modules and 27 credits from the core elective modules. In addition, students submit a written Master’s dissertation worth 30 credits (cooperation with businesses is desired.) 

The admission requirement is a bachelor's degree or equivalent university degree. Applicants must show evidence of a good basic grounding in finance and mathematics. This should be a bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study, such as economics, mathematics, physics or engineering science. They should also possess a good command of English (level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). 

Career options:

Graduates will have in-depth knowledge of quantitative finance and the ability to apply it appropriately in complex settings. They will be in a position to enter demanding careers in quantitative-oriented areas of the financial services industry as, for example, financial analysts, quantitative analysts, risk managers, portfolio managers, or financial consultants. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Advanced Banking
  • Advanced Financial Economics
  • Advanced Valuation
  • Applied Business Modelling and Analytics
  • Applied Credit Risk Modeling
  • Applied Quantitative Finance
  • Asset Pricing
  • Capital Adequacy and Risk Measures

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to the degree program basically requires a Bachelor’s degree from a university or an equivalent degree. Applicants must have good knowledge of financial and mathematical notions. 
  • This requires a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study such as business and economics, mathematics, physics, or engineering. In addition, applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency (level C1 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). There is no entitlement to admission. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1360 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 680 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1360 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 680 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • Tuition fee is 720 CHF per semester


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