The QEM Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics program is a Master that has a duration of two academic years (120 ECTS credits). It is expected the student carries out the entire course work at least two universities of the QEM Consortium. A mobility track and a joint curriculum are defined and fixed for each accepted candidate during the admission process.
The first year focuses on core courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and Mathematics (Probability, Statistics and Optimization). The first semester is spent in Spain at Barcelona. To facilitate student mobility during the second semester, the universities offer almost identical courses. You can see a detailed first year QEM programme.
The second year focuses on specialization and is spent in one of the four consortium universities. There are several areas of specialization on offer, such as:
These being areas 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 programme, 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 through 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 final semester preparing a Master's Dissertation under the joint supervision of the two consortium universities they studied at.
Degree: Upon successfully completing the programme, students are awarded a QEM Joint Degree entitled "Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics", which is officially recognised as a master's degree in each university and country of the consortium, with the same rights and duties as their national degree. For a list of the national degrees, see here.