The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree QEM - Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics (EMJMD QEM) is a Master's program with a duration of two academic years (120 ECTS credits). A QEM student should carry out her/his entire course work attending at least two universities or a maximum of three Parter universities. The mobility track and a joint curriculum are defined and fixed for each accepted candidate during the admission process.
The first year is dedicated to core courses including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, and Mathematics (Probability, Statistics, and Optimization). For the academic years 2018-2019, 2019-2020, and 2020-2021, the first semester was organized in Paris, France. While during the academic years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Italy) hosts all students during the first semester. To facilitate student mobility during the second semester, the universities offer mandatory courses that have identical contents. See the first-year curriculum.
The second year focuses on specialization. The students must spend their entire second year in one of the four consortium universities. There are several areas of specialization on offer, such as:
- International Economics
- Mathematical Economics
- Game Theory
- Behavioral Economics
- Experimental Economics
- Public Economics
- Political Economy
These are areas of study which are emergent, rapidly evolving, and of growing impact upon society. There is much demand for specialized competencies in these fields. This list is subject to change. For a detailed second-year curriculum, see here.
- Credits: Courses are structured according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Students accumulate 120 ECTS credits over the two years. More information can be found here.
- Language: All scientific courses are taught in English. Additionally, in each university, students shall also take classes in the local language and culture of the host European country. More information can be found here.
- Master's Dissertation: Students spend most of the third and fourth semesters preparing a Master's Dissertation under the joint supervision of the two partner universities where they have studied.
- Degree: Upon completing the program, students are awarded a QEM Joint Degree entitled "Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics", which is officially recognized as a master's degree in each university and country of the consortium, with the same national degree rights and duties. For a list of the nationwide degrees, see here.