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Master of Science UZH ETH in Quantitative Finance


Curriculum and Credit System

The MScQF - entirely taught in English - offers its students a unique blend of training in quantitative methods for finance and economics, covering the fundamental concepts associated with financial economics, financial markets, asset management, and risk management.

The program comprises core courses, elective courses and a master's thesis.

There is a rich list of elective courses being part of the program. Students may submit petitions to transfer credits from courses that are not part of the degree program - so called external credits.

Any course of the program is part of one of the 2 areas.

Each student needs to acquire at least 90 ECTS credit points as follows:

 2 Areas

Finance (FIN)

Mathematical Methods in Finance (MF)

Required Total ECTS Credits

Core courses: 36 ECTS Credits, at least 12 from each area FIN and MF

Elective courses: 24 ECTS Credits, at least 9 from each area FIN and MF

Master's Thesis: 30 ECTS

  If a student has acquired more than 36 ECTS credit points from the core courses, the additional points can be credited to the elective courses. Be aware that only complete modules can be transferred and that a splitting of the module ECTS is not allowed!

6 failures allowed in total.

All modules and the Master's Thesis can be repeated only once!

At most 15 external credits.

At most 2 seminars. More seminars only with petition.


Course Examination

  • In principle, there will be examinations following each mandatory, specialized or optional course.
  • Each responsible faculty member can decide to attribute the final grade for his/her course based only on project assessments, on class participation as well as on graded interim homework.
  • The ECTS credit points will be given to those participants whose final grade indicates that they passed the course.

Repeating Examination

  • Every examination can be repeated once, while the number of total failures of exams is not allowed to exceed 6 (six).
  • If an enrolled student fails 7 (seven) exams then he/she will be excluded from the program.

Final Grade and Diploma

  • The final grade will be a weighted average (based on the corresponding ECTS credit points) of the grades obtained from the courses and from the Master's thesis.
  • The diploma will be a joint diploma awarded by the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich.
  • Graduation Procedure
  • Degree Deadlines


An internship is not compulsory for the program, but we encourage our students to make internships. Internship opportunities, as well as jobs, offered by the finance industry are communicated via email to our students.

Our students have got part-time and summer internship offers from the following companies (non-exhaustive list): Axpo, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, European Central Bank, Fintegral, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, KPMG, LGT, Morgan Stanley, Scor, SIX Group, Swiss Re, UBS, ZKB.

Industry Partners of the program