Ali Sina Rahimi, Global Risk and Control Assessments & Reporting, Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt
Why studying Quantitative Finance at the QBER was a good idea: Studying Master of Science Quantitative Finance at the QBER Institute was one of the best decisions I have made. It might not be the easiest study program, since students face a demanding and tightly packed program. However, it qualifies you with strong analytical and technical skills and opens up a lot of career opportunities. The outstanding advice and support of the QBER professors and assistants is also mentionable and highly appreciated. Their reputation is reflected by the growing awareness of international students, who enroll into the M. Sc. Quantitative Finance program every year. I can strongly recommend the program to those, who plan a career in the financial industry.
Marta Pukite, Risk Analyst, ING-DiBa AG, Frankfurt
Why studying Quantitative Finance at the QBER was a good idea: I never regret my choice to study in QBER. During my studies I improved my critical thinking, as well as learned to be not afraid of taking challenges. Those are the most useful assets that I use as Risk Analyst working on methodology, new concepts and tools on a daily basis. Moreover the support from the Chair of QBER opened me great career chances in the field I was really willing to work in i.e. in Risk Management.
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Tobias Schönberg, Research Data and Service Centre, Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt
Studying QF in Kiel is a great idea because: It is one of only few programmes in Germany which equips you with a solid quantitative toolkit especially suited for working in the financial industry. Many methods taught in the different courses are applied in the field, so having already heard of them can take you one step ahead in the recruitment process. If you wish to pursue a career in research, the programme can also be recommended, as you are provided with in-depth methodological knowledge on how to work with (financial) data.
Studying at the QBER is a great idea because: By combining expertise in economics, business economics and statistics/econometrics the QBER is a unique chair at the University of Kiel, which teaches a variety of interesting courses in the QF programme. From my experience I can say that the professors at QBER were always open to discussions and happy to answer questions during and after the lectures. When writing seminar papers or a thesis at the QBER you are also supported in a great way by members of the academic staff. Since I work a lot with microdata on securities at my current position, I can apply many of the techniques I learned at the QBER. All in all, I would highly recommend taking courses at the QBER.
Patrik Bockhorst, Analyst, Entrepreneur Partners AG, Zürich
Why studying Quantitative Finance at the QBER was a good idea: Courses I took at QBER turned out to be a helpful preparation for real world financial analysis. First of all because a large portion of the lectures' content plays a vital role in many aspects of my daily workflow. As a quantitative analyst in asset management you likely get frequently confronted with time series analysis at various scales, quantitative portfolio analysis, and stochastic simulation either when you are programming something or reviewing/interpreting the work of others. These disciplines are key topics at QBER and therefore put you on a profound basis to successfully manage different tasks in the industry. Secondly, the lecturers efficiently managed to combine economic theory for finance with mathematical methods (probability theory, statistics, numerical analysis) for finance in a well-structured way and - even more important - the content focusses on concepts which are widely used, accepted and not dated. When it comes to programming you are (usually) free to choose which language you want to use for your research and idea generation has always been encouraged by the examiners. The overall willingness to help among the QBER Institute members was outstanding and played their full part in making my master thesis semester a very pleasant time.
Moritz Sterzinger, Consultant for Financial Risk Management, JC Rathbone Associates, LondonWhy studying Quantitative Finance at the QBER was a good idea: Studying at QBER wasn't just about economic and econometric theory: It was about understanding economic phenomena through modelling and data analysis . Be it the microstructure of FX markets, behavioural economics or portfolio optimisation - they are all topics of both scientific and practical relevance and were taught in depth at QBER. The professors and their assistants at the institute appeared to me as open-minded and put emphasis on practical application of the lectures' contents. Since the financial industry needs professionals with strong technical and analytic skills, the courses offered by QBER proved to be a valuable opportunity to prepare for a career in finance.