The programme in Econometrics, Operations Research and Actuarial Studies aims at the description and analysis of problems in economics, management and related areas using mathematical models.
In this degree, you will acquire research skills and knowledge of the most important models used. In addition, you will gain the ability to transform the outcome of these models in relevant proposals for application. You can choose from three profiles:
1) Econometrics is particularly concerned with the interpretation of data. Econometrics has applications in fields like Financial Economics, Consumer Behaviour and Macroeconomics.
2) Operations Research deals with the design, analysis and implementation of mathematical models for a wide range of logistic and financial decision-making problems. Fields of study are time schedules for railway systems, the management of supply chains and asset-liability.
3) Actuarial Studies focuses on managing and pricing uncertainty, mainly in the context of insurance. The skills and knowledge you develop are valuable when dealing with subjects like investment strategy, social security and pensions.
Why in Groningen?
The programme has three profiles to choose from and is attractive for research-oriented students. The emphasis is on the application of modeling to practical problems and how to extract useful information from available economic data. Besides, it is an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.
As a graduate, you can find work in finance, insurance, marketing or market research. You will be involved in market development, fund management, risk analysis or assessing the impact of advertising. The jobs offered to graduates by non-profit organizations involve the same type of work as those offered by commercial organizations. You can also find work with employer organizations, trade unions, consumer organizations and consultancy firms.
Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.
Linking education to research and career preparation
Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research and preprofessional development. Since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.
In collaboration with external partners we conduct research projects on e.g banking, local government, customer insights, leadership, energy, healthy ageing and lean operations.