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Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree QEM: First Year


Objective: The first year of the programme is focused on core courses with the objective of building a solid foundation in Economics and Quantitative Methods upon which students build their chosen specialisation in the second year


Welcome Week: For the academic year 2019-2020, the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, hosts the Welcome Week at the beginning of the first year to assist students in completing the registration procedures and allow them to become acquainted with one another. Here the Wecome Week activities for the precedent year 2018/2019 following link Opens internal link in current windowWelcome Week.


Mobility: Starting from September 2019, students will spend their first semester in Paris, and the second semester in one of the five Consortium Universities: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia (Italy), Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and Warsaw School of Economics (Poland).


First Year of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree QEM

60 ECTS credits are required and are allocated as follows.


56 ECTS Credits of Scientific Courses: 7 x 7 Credits mandatory + 7 Credits elective

The first year is focused on building a solid foundation in Economics and quantitative methods, thus there are seven mandatory courses and each are awarded 7 ECTS credits (7 x 7). Four of these mandatory courses are taken during the first semester and three are taken during the second semester. The remaining 7 ECTS are allocated to elective courses (which vary by institution, see below).



4 ECTS Credits of Foreign Language Courses: 2 x 2 Credits mandatory

Each semester, students take courses in French, German, Italian or Spanish as a foreign language. These courses are mandatory and 2 ECTS credits are awarded for these courses, which correspond to approximately 50 hours of language classes and cultural excursion. These courses are graded either pass or fail.


List of Courses

First Semester: 30 ECTS Credits


Second Semester: 30 ECTS Credits


In each semester, students may elect to attend tutorials in Economics and Mathematics without grade or accumulating any ECTS credits. In addition, students have access to a computer laboratory with tutorship organised as necessary.


Course Organisation:

Links to Academic Calendars, timetables and Syllabi for each partner university  are provided here  Opens external link in new windowBarcelona, Opens external link in new windowParis, Opens external link in new windowVenice, Opens external link in new windowLouvain-la-Neuve and Opens external link in new windowWarsaw.


Prerequisites: In addition to the regular courses of the programme, further courses in mathematics may be offered to Quantitative Economics Master students who have not taken them before (such courses may be mandatory for some students if the Director of Studies deems this necessary). These courses shall not count toward the required 60 ECTS credits for the first year of the programme. For example, subject to change, courses may be offered in:


  • Logic and Sets (First Semester)
  • Multivariable Calculus (First Semester)
  • Linear algebra (Second Semester)
  • Euclidean algebra (Second Semester)


The first year of the programme is focused on core courses with the objective of building a solid foundation in Economics and quantitative methods on which students build during their specialisation in the second year.