Curriculum

Structure of the Program

The program is spread over four semesters (two years), with three semesters of course work and one semester to write the master thesis.

After the first term, students can decide whether to specialize in financial mathematics, in financial economics or in actuarial science. Depending on the chosen specialization, the focus of the optional courses to be taken in the second and third term will be on mathematical finance, finance or actuarial science, respectively. 

A list with course descriptions for all available courses can be found here.

Besides the courses from these three areas, students are also requested to attend language or cultural courses.

The study plans show typical courses of study, seperately for the three possible specializations. Note that the credit points stated per semester are not binding: You do not need to achieve exactly the stated number of points per semester.

Implementation of courses during the winter term


In view of the recently worsening situation around the Coronavirus pandemic, the university decided to hold this winter term online again. The plans to have a hybrid semester consisting of online and on-campus lectures had to be dropped.  As in the summer term all courses will be organized via the central learning platform Moodle. Information on course organization and teaching materials will be provided there. 

Course schedule: winter term 2020/21

Financial Mathematics

Mathematics Financial Economics Actuarial Science Other

Financial Mathematics I, 9 CP

Risk Theory I, 9 CP

Levy processes, Stochastic Analysis and Financial Mathematics, 6 CP

An Introduction to Measure-theoretic Probability, 4 CP

Numerical Optimization, 6 CP

Graphical Models, 4 CP

Optimization/OR 2, 9 CP

Risk Theory I, 9 CP

Graph Theory I, 9 CP

Mathematical Statistics, 9 CP

Advanced Statistics, 4 CP

High Performance Computing 1, 8 CP

Mathematical Introduction to Machine Learning, 9 CP

Mathematics of Games 2, 4 CP

Levy processes, Stochastic Analysis and Financial Mathematics, 6 CP

Mortality Models and Hedging of Equity Linked Life Insurance, 3 CP

Asset Pricing, 7 CP

Investment and Risk Management, 6 CP

Business Unit Strategy and Corporate Finance, 7 CP

Machine Learning and Decision Making, 4 CP

Research in Finance, 4 CP

Life, health and pension mathematics, 9 CP

Financial Statement Analysis, 2 CP

Risk Management in Insurance, 7 CP

Organizational Economics, 7 CP

Life, health and pension mathematics, 9 CP

Risk Theory I, 9 CP

Risk Management in Insurance, 7 CP

Mortality Models and Hedging of Equity Linked Life Insurance, 3 CP

Seminars

Risk Management Roundup, 5 CP

Practical Actuarial Science, 4 CP

Additional Key
Qualifications*

If you want to take an exam in a course that is not listed here you must clarify this with Prof. Löffler by mid-November.

Timetables (which do not necessarily contain all offered courses) for the first and third semester.

Courses that are taught in German that can be taken for Financial Economics include: Stochastische Modelle in der Schaden-/Unfallversicherung (Ausgewählte Aspekte der Aktuarwissenschaften) , 4 CP

Courses that are taught in German that can be taken for Actuarial Science include: Stochastische Modelle in der Schaden-/Unfallversicherung (Ausgewählte Aspekte der Aktuarwissenschaften) , 4 CP

Courses that are taught in German that can be taken for Mathematics include: Funktionsanalysis, 9 CP, Algebra, 9CP

Note that there are DAV Supplements which can be obtained in the following courses:
- "Versicherungsmathematik"  in Life,- Health and Pension-Mathematics (in combination with Risk Theory 2)
- "Angewandte Stochastik" in Risk Theory I
- "Finanzmathematik und Risikobewertung" in Financial Mathematics I (with supplemental course)
- Unternehmenssteuerung" in Risk Management in Insurance

 

*Please note that German language courses other than the ones specifically offered for international MSc students are usually not eligible. Furthermore, English language courses and language courses in your mother tongue are not eligible.

 

If you need help in your course selection, you can contact Niklas Paluszkiewicz.

Courses to be offered in the next terms

Courses to be offered in the summer term 2021

 This course schedule is preliminary. There might be changes in the schedule. 

Financial Mathematics

Mathematics Financial Economics Actuarial Science Other

Financial Mathematics II* (Part I & Part II), 9 CP

Risk Theory II, 9 CP

tba

Financial Mathematics II* (Part I & Part II), 9 CP

Mathematics of Games, 9 CP

Risk Theory II, 9 CP

High Performance Computing 2, 8 CP

Graph Theory II, 9 CP

Partial Differential Equations, 9 CP

tba

Financial Modeling, 3 CP

Credit Analysis, 7 CP

Asset Liability Management, 10 CP

Insurance Economics, 6 CP

Issues in Emerging Markets Finance, 3 CP

Advanced Financial Intermediation, 7 CP

Empirical Industrial Organisation and Consumer Choice, 7 CP

Machine Learning and Decision Making, 4 CP

Management of (Re-)Insurance Companies, 4 CP

Corporate Strategy, 7 CP

tba

Insurance Economics, 6 CP

Risk Theory II, 9 CP

Asset Liability Management, 10 CP

Management of (Re-)Insurance Companies, 4 CP

tba

Seminars

Practical Actuarial Science, 4 CP

Practical Financial Engineering, 5 CP

Additional Key
Qualifications **

If you want to take an exam in a course that is not listed here you must clarify this with Prof. Löffler by the end of April.

Courses that are taught in German that can be taken for Financial Economics include: Big Data Analytics (7 CP), Valuation (4 CP), Qualitatives Risikomanagement in der Versicherung (4 CP)

Courses that are taught in German that can be taken for Actuarial Science include: Qualitatives Risikomanagement in der Versicherung (4 CP)

 Note that there are DAV Supplements which can be obtained in following courses:
- "Wirtschaftliches und rechtliches Umfeld" in Insurance Economics
- "Schadenversicherungsmathematik" (one part, other part can be obtained in Life-, Health- and Pension-Mathematics during the winter term) in Risk Theory II
- "Modellierung und Enterprise Risk Management" in Asset Liability Management

* For MSc Finance students, the module "Financial Mathematics II" is made up of two lecture courses: Stochastic Analysis (first half of the semester) and Financial Mathematics II (second half of the semester). MSc Finance students will only be offered one final exam covering both courses that will count as "Financial Mathematics II" and will be worth 9 CP.

** Please note that German language courses other than the ones specifically offered for international MSc students are usually not eligible. Furthermore, English language courses and language courses in your mother tongue are not eligible.

 

If you need help in your course selection, you can contact Niklas Paluszkiewicz.

Courses to be offered in the winter term 2021/22

The course schedule is preliminary. There might be changes in the schedule.

Financial Mathematics
 
Mathematics Financial Economics Actuarial Science Other

Financial Mathematics I, 9 CP

Risk Theory I, 9 CP

tba

An Introduction to Measure-theoretic Probability, 4 CP

Stochastics 2, 9 CP

Optimization/OR 2, 9 CP

Risk Theory I, 9 CP

Graph Theory I, 9 CP

High Performance Computing 1, 8 CP

tba

Asset Pricing, 7 CP

Investment and Risk Management, 6 CP

Business Unit Strategy and Corporate Finance, 7 CP

Research in Finance, 4 CP

Life, health and pension mathematics, 9 CP

Financial Statement Analysis, 2 CP

Risk Management in Insurance, 7 CP

Topics in Life and Pension Insurance, 7 CP

tba

Life, health and pension mathematics, 9 CP

Risk Theory I, 9 CP

Risk Management in Insurance, 7 CP

Topics in Life and Pension Insurance, 7 CP

tba

Seminars

Risk Management Roundup, 5 CP

Practical Actuarial Science, 4 CP

Additional Key
Qualifications*

If you want to take an exam in a course that is not listed here you must clarify this with Prof. Löffler by the end of October.

 

Courses that are taught in German that can be taken for Financial Economics include: Ausgewählte Aspekte der Aktuarwissenschaften (4 CP)

Courses that are taught in German that can be taken for Actuarial Science include: Ausgewählte Aspekte der Aktuarwissenschaften (4 CP)

 

Note that there are DAV Supplements which can be obtained in the following courses:
- "Versicherungsmathematik"  (one part) in Life,- Health and Pension-Mathematics
- "Angewandte Stochastik" in Risk Theory I
- "Finanzmathematik und Risikobewertung" in Financial Mathematics I (with supplemental course)
- Unternehmenssteuerung" in Risk Management in Insurance

 

*Please note that German language courses other than the ones specifically offered for international MSc students are usually not eligible. Furthermore, English language courses and language courses in your mother tongue are not eligible.

 

If you need help in your course selection, you can contact Niklas Paluszkiewicz.