M.Sc. Econometrics

University of Amsterdam

Application deadline: Start in 1 September: April (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 60 ECTS
Partnership: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Master's programme in Econometrics provides you with a balanced and rigorous training in quantitative techniques for microeconometric and macroeconometric analysis.

The varied and flexible structure of the Master's programme in Econometrics means you can focus on the specific topics that interest you most. The programme will provide you with the skills, expertise and techniques required to apply robust statistical methods to explore the topics, research and issues associated with this discipline. Besides the Econometrics track the Master's programme in Econometrics offers three more tracks from which you can choose one to specialise in: * Financial Econometrics: focuses on the application of mathematical and statistical techniques to financial models and time series. * Mathematical Economics: emphasises mathematical modelling of economic and financial markets. * Free track: a flexible combination of these three specialisations. Combining this programme with a Mathematical MSc for a double degree is also possible. By the end of the Master's programme, you will be able to apply advanced mathematical and statistical methods - using modern software packages such as Mathematica, E-Views, R, matlab for the exploration and analysis of problems in economics and finance.

Contents

Students can choose one of the specialisations/tracks:

* Econometrics
* Financial Econometrics
* Mathematical Economics
* Free track

Econometrics: emphasises on statistical techniques for both microeconomic and macroeconometric analysis. Electives: Financial Econometrics, Microeconometrics.

Financial Econometrics: focuses on mathematical and statistical techniques and their application to financial models and time series. Electives: Financial Econometrics, Stochastic Calculus, Caput Derivatives

Mathematical Economics: emphasises mathematical modelling of economic and financial markets. Electives: Nonlinear Economic Dynamics, Bounded Rationality

Free track: a flexible combination of these three specialisations. Electives: Bounded Rationality, Financial Econometrics, Micro-econometrics, Non-linear Economic Dynamics, Stochastic Calculus

Programme structure
The Master in Econometrics is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0,5 US credit). The course schedule is listed below. The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three blocks. Please refer to the academic calendar for the exact dates.

The MSc in Econometrics programme has a demanding curriculum. Classes usually take up a total of 12-15 hours each week. Class preparation (i.e. reading), homework, debates, casework and computer work require an additional 25 hours a week.

First SemesterIn the first block students will get a solid basis in econometrics by attending the core courses Advanced Econometrics 1+2, Game Theory and General Equilibrium Theory, and two electives.

Second SemesterIn the first part of the second semester students specialize in one of the four specialisations or tracks. In the second part students complete a thesis in one of three specialised areas, working under the supervision of a research staff member from the Department of Quantitative Economics.

Thesis
The Master's thesis is the final requirement to be completed prior to graduation and is supervised by one of the researchers within the Department of Quantitative Economics. It must be based on a study of relevant literature or on a research internship at a firm.

Degree
Upon successful completion of the programme, students receive a Master's degree in Econometrics and the title Master of Science (MSc).

Internship
Master's students can also choose to do an internship in order to conduct research for their final thesis. This offers the opportunity to conduct research in a company or organization on an academic level. Interested students should contact the Internship Office.

Requirements

Grade list: A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation.


Previous education: All students holding a Bachelor's or Master's degree in econometrics, operational research or in a quantitative field such as mathematics, statistics or physics are eligible to apply for the programme. For students from certain programmes a minor programme is available. The minor courses are Dutch-taught and spread over at least two semesters (about 30 EC). For more information about entry requirements please see (Econometrics / Application and admission / Entry requirements).


Entry test: A GRE is compulsory for all applicants to the Master's programme in Econometrics. In the following cases we also accept a GMAT test: * if you have already obtained a GMAT score * if in your country it is difficult to take the GRE test on a short notice (e.g. China, Taiwan) Students that come from one of our partner universities are exempted from taking the GRE test.


Grade list: A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation.


Previous education: Applicants are expected to hold a Bachelor`s or Master`s degree in Econometrics, or to have taken econometrics as a major subject. Please note that a Bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences or a Fachhochschule (Germany) are not taken into consideration. Specific entry requirements apply to Chinese students and African students. For more information about entry requirements please see (Econometrics / Application and admission / Entry requirements).


Written request: Applicants should submit a motivation letter with their application form.


Additional language requirements: * Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: B1
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: B1
* IELTS overall band: 6.5
* IELTS listening: 6
* IELTS reading: 6
* IELTS writing: 6
* IELTS speaking: 6
* TOEFL paper based: 580
* TOEFL computer based: 237
* TOEFL internet based: 92

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

75 (Grade B)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

Funding

Scholarships / Grants:
European Commission:Erasmus Mundus is a new programme of the European Commission. Its aim is to improve the quality of European higher education through joint master's degree programmes offered by partner institutions in the member states.For additional information: Website

The University of Amsterdam:The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a MastFor additional information: Website

:Students from Columbia can apply for this scholarship through their website. For additional information: Website

European Commission:The Alban Scholarship programme aims at the reinforcement of the European Union-Latin America cooperation in the area of Higher Education. * for postgraduate studies. * for specialization studies at any of the eligible recognised organizations of Higher Training (companies included). For additional information: Website

Open Society Institute:The Open Society Scholarship Programs fund the participation of students, scholars, and professionals from the former Soviet Union, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East in rigorous, competitive academic programs outside of their home countries. For additional information: Website

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Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

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