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Quantitative Finance program ranked Nr. 1 in Europe

The Master of Science UZH ETH in Quantitative Finance program ranked Nr. 1 in Europe and 7th worldwide in the risk.net ranking.

The Master of Science UZH ETH in Quantitative Finance program ranked Nr. 1 in Europe and 7th worldwide in the risk.net ranking. It is a joint master’s program from the University of Zurich (UZH) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH). 

Since its establishment in 2009, the program has experienced a steady increase in the number of applications, starting with 180 applications in its inaugural year to 382 applications in 2023. However, the number of enrolled students has remained consistent, with an average of 30 enrolled students and 23 graduates per year. This approach ensures personalized attention and support for each student throughout their academic journey.

The top European ranking achieved by the Master of Science UZH ETH in Quantitative Finance program and its commendable global standing in the risk.net ranking underscores its commitment to excellence in quantitative finance education. The program's collaboration between UZH and ETH continues to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the dynamic field of finance.

Walter Farkas, Program Director MSc UZH ETH Quantitative Finance, also acknowledged the importance of the industry in the quality of the program: "These constant high placements in rankings are possible only due to our hard working students and the high performance of our Alumni! Big thanks to our whole teaching faculty from both UZH and ETH, to all our staff, to all our guest lecturers, to all our business partners Axpo Trading AG , UBS , Robeco , LGT Capital Partners , Kaiju Capital Management , Finreon , EFG International , Zanders Solutions , Fintegral."

The curriculum of the Master of Science UZH ETH in Quantitative Finance incorporates economic theory for finance and mathematical methods, including probability theory, statistics, and numerical analysis. The program adheres to the specialized Master of Science framework in accordance with the Bologna rules.

After graduation, students of the program have embarked on diverse career paths. Approximately 33% of graduates secure positions in banks, capitalizing on their expertise in quantitative finance. Financial services also present a significant employment opportunity, with 22% of graduates entering this sector. Notably, 20% of program graduates pursue academic careers, reflecting the program's strong emphasis on rigorous academic training and research.