The Master's programme in Econometrics and Operations Research is an academic programme focusing on the development and application of quantitative methods for analysing economic issues in a broad sense. The components of the Master's programme correspond closely with the department's research interests, which means that many of the latest scientific developments in areas like financial econometrics, logistics and game theory find their way directly into the teaching programme.
The master's programme takes one year.
At the beginning of the programme, students can make a choice for a specialization. However, it is not mandatory to specialize; it is possible to combine courses from either specialization to allow students to pursue their own interests. In that case, no specialization will be mentioned on the degree. The two areas of specialization are:
- Econometrics and Mathematical Economics: this stream focuses on econometric methods and techniques within finance and economics.
- Operations Research and Business Econometrics: this stream is geared towards optimizing operational business processes.
In the first semester, students take the first two econometrics courses and two optional courses from a designated list. The first semester is concluded with a case study, in which students will apply the theory studied to practical cases in the field of the specialization chosen. Apart from honing the student's skills in practical application of advanced theory, the research project aims at strengthening the student's academic and professional skills such as writing, presenting and defending research. Students also receive further training in the use of quantitative and ICT-methods in solving problems.
In the second semester the student attends his third econometrics course and has the possibility to choose his third and final optional course. The larger part of the second semester is devoted to writing the master's thesis. To this end the student carries out an independent academic research project and reports on this in his thesis. Carrying out the research project and writing the thesis takes about three months. The master's thesis is written individually. Students are, however, required to take part in the concomitant thesis seminar, in which the research findings of the students are periodically presented and critically discussed.