Alumna Annick van Ool, now Policy Advisor at De Nederlandsche Bank

Alumna Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science Annick van Ool

now Policy Advisor at De Nederlandsche Bank

Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science: Pensions, Aging and Retirement (Netspar)

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

From a quantitative financial and actuarial perspective, you will learn how economic theories and models can be applied to create solutions for financial institutions and government policy in the field of pensions and aging. This track is offered by Netspar, a renowned research network on the topic in the Netherlands and Europe.

of the current students is (very) satisfied with their program

National Student Survey, 2017 | n=4

in the Netherlands, #6 in Europe and #28 worldwide in Business and Economics

Times Higher Education Subject Ranking, 2019

in the Netherlands, #3 in Europe in Finance

Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, 2018

Program and courses 

Use a large array of sophisticated mathematical and statistical models and become trained both in finance and insurance to understand the interplay between financial markets and insurance markets.

  • Become a highly qualified specialist in pensions, aging and retirement in the area of finance and insurance. Applications concern risk management, empirical finance, insurance, pensions and aging, and capital investment.
  • Work on important societal issues in the area of pensions and aging, such as:
    - How can everybody enjoy a good pension?
    - What is the impact of the growing need for long-term care on a financially healthy old age?  
    - What are the solutions for a changing labor market where everybody has to work longer, with less certainty and more flexible contracts?

  • The Netspar track offers access to a valuable network, including internships and company visits with Netspar partners, such as the Dutch National Bank, Achmea, Nationale Nederlanden, Robeco, PGGM and the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.
  • Furthermore, the Netspar track offers inspired teachers with hands-on knowledge of the current pension debate, a Netspar certificate, Netspar Thesis Awards (€ 3,000), and excellent job opportunities.
  • In the first semester of the regular program, you can also apply for the following on top of programs:
    * The Extended Master, which adds a traineeship of half a year to the regular Master's program.
    * The QTEM network program, which adds an additional year to the program which you spend at a QTEM partner university and corporate partner.
  • This is a track of MSc Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science. You can choose to follow the main program or a track.

    Typical courses are:

    • The Economics and Finance of Pensions
    • Life Cycle Investment and Pension Systems
    • Asset Liability Management

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    Top rated program in the Netherlands - Keuzegids Masters 2018

    Career prospects

    Upon graduating you will have obtained the following title (as stated on your diploma): Master of Science. The career perspectives for students of this program are excellent. Alumni of the Master's program in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science work for instance as risk management consultants, actuaries, and investment analysts at banks, insurance companies, pension funds, consulting agencies, trading firms, and government bodies.

    Graduates work or start for example as:

    • Insurance Risk Trainee at Delta Lloyd
    • Junior Advisor Financial Risk Manager at KPMG
    • Analyst at Goldman Sachs

    Alumni facts

    • Average number of months until first paid job: 0.8
    • Gross monthly income one year after graduation: € 3,584
    • Would choose the same program again, at the same university: 89%

    Source: National Alumni Survey, 2016 (based on alumni of the Master's program in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial  Science)| n=10

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    Application and admission

    This Master’s program starts:

    End of August and end of January

    Best preparatory programs:

    Bachelor's degree in Econometrics and Operations Research or a similar discipline from a university recognized by the Admissions Board.

    Pre-Master’s program:

    Available for university (WO) students, but not for Dutch HBO (applied sciences) graduates. The MSc Finance does have a Pre-Master's program available for Dutch HBO graduates.

    Tuition fees and scholarships

    Please check the information about the tuition fees and the scholarships available for international students.

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