First-Year curriculum

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 specialization in the second year

Welcome Week: For the academic year 2023-2024, the Università Ca'Foscari Venezia hosts 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.

Mobility: For the academic year 2023-2024, students will spend their first semester in Venice, 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. Each of these courses has 7 ECTS credits. 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, Italian, Polish, 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 organized as necessary.

Course Organisation:

Links to Academic Calendars, timetables, and Syllabi for each partner university are provided here  Barcelona, Paris, Venice, Louvain-la-Neuve, and  Warsaw.

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 specialization in the second year.