Jeroen Dalderop

  • Date of birth: 27-06-1990
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Program: Master Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science

"In my opinion, the main advantage of this program is that it offers a rigorous analytical approach to topics in finance and insurance. The courses heavily rely on mathematical and statistical techniques, so that you learn how to analyze a range of complex problems."

Jeroen Dalderop about the following topics:


Educational background

Before starting my current Master's program, I finished the Bachelor's program in Econometrics and Operations Research, also at Tilburg University. Already halfway through my secondary education I knew I wanted to study Econometrics.

I felt attracted to this challenging program at the intersection of economics and mathematics, my favorite courses back then.

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Why Tilburg University?

In the Netherlands, there are several universities which offer a program in Econometrics, but among those Tilburg University was consistently ranked as one of the best. After visiting an open day I could confirm this reputation, and from that moment on my choice was made, also because of the campus of Tilburg University.

The campus creates its own special atmosphere. When you walk around, you are always surrounded by fellow students and teachers. The facilities are typically good, for example we have a recently renovated library with a lot of study places and computers. In addition there are several places where you can have lunch or dinner at a reasonable price.

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Master Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science

During my Bachelor's program, I gradually discovered that the courses in the field of quantitative finance appealed to me. In the third year you have some freedom to choose electives, which I used to learn more about this field.

Also, I wrote my Bachelor's thesis on the pricing of financial derivatives. These experiences convinced me that the Master's program in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science was the right choice for me.

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The program

In my opinion, the main advantage of this program is that it offers a rigorous analytical approach to topics in finance and insurance. The courses heavily rely on mathematical and statistical techniques, so that you learn how to analyze a range of complex problems.

Furthermore, the program has a good balance between theoretical and empirical issues. For example, there is one core course on Financial Models, and one core course on Empirical Finance.

Finally, in Tilburg there is a lot of expertise in the field of pension systems, so that you can choose electives in this area.

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Your experiences

I would say we have a very enthusiastic, motivated group of students and lecturers, who come from all around the world. The group is somewhat smaller than in the Bachelor's phase, so that we know each other by name.

This also means there is more room for interaction during classes. For example there are several discussions and debating sessions, in addition to a lot of group assignments. Those require some discipline, but if you put some effort in it the courses can be passed without much trouble.

Also, several guest lectures are organized with practitioners, to get some ideas on how the things we learn are applied in practice. Finally, there is an extensive list of internship projects available, so that we can get inspiration for writing the Master's thesis.

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Tilburg city

The city of Tilburg does not have a well-known cultural history that dates back to centuries ago, as opposed to some other Dutch university cities.

Instead, Tilburg has grown large quite recently as an industrial city. This implies that it is the large student community who brings color to the city. For example, the city center is home to a lot of pubs and restaurants, in varying sizes, but often crowded with students.

There is a large number of student and study associations, which organize several activities in and around the city. Due to the fact that Tilburg is not that large, students can soon feel to be part of a community.

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Career aspirations

After finishing my Master's degree, I first hope to get some international experience by studying at a university abroad. My main ambition thereafter is to develop myself as a researcher, as I have always liked asking questions and searching for answers.

However, the future is uncertain, and there is only limited advantage of planning ahead for many years. But whatever I will encounter on my career path, I am convinced I will enjoy the benefits of a solid education in the nice and friendly environment known as Tilburg University.

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