Joint Degree Erasmus Mundus (QEM)

Ca’ Foscari University offers the Erasmus Mundus Master Course Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics (QEM), a joint degree program of excellence with Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris, France), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain) and Universität Bielefeld (Bielefeld, Germany).

Master QEM is a two-year graduate degree program in quantitative economics, taught in English, and approved by The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) under the Erasmus+ : Erasmus Mundus Master Courses (EMMCs) brand.

The joint programme is open only to students selected through the QEM procedure. Students may spend at least a semester in Ca’ Foscari University.

Joint degree website


Coordinator: Prof.ssa Loriana Pelizzon

Department of EconomicsAlessandra Rizzato

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Applying to the programme

Applications are open on the website

Students enrolled at Ca' Foscari to the Master's Degree in Economics are not automatically enrolled in the joint degree program. If they are interested in entering the Joint Degree Erasmus Mundus Master Course - QEM program, they can access at the end of the 1st semester after passing the late November QEM exams organized by the Consortium.

On this regard, Ca’ Foscari students should send a written request to Prof. Pelizzon at before September 30th!

Financial aid and scholarships

The following sources of funding are open to Quantitative Economics Master applicants.
For detailed information on each option, please click on the title:

Study programme

Master QEM at Ca' Foscari University is broken down into two years of studies: the first year where focus is on core courses, like in each partner university, with the objective of building a solid foundation in economics and quantitative methods; the second year of specialization with emphasis on two curricula, Quantitative Economics or Quantitative Finance.

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 on which students build during their specialisation in the second year 
Welcome Week in Barcelona: The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), hosts a welcome week at the beginning of the first year to assist students in completing the registration procedures and allow students to become acquainted with one another.

Mobility: The students spent their first semester in Barcelona and the second semester is spent in one of the four Consortium universities.

First Year Courses in Quantitative Economics Master (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). If they wish to take additional electives, students may take up to 67 ECTS credits of courses in their first year. 
    Students wishing to specialise in Finance during their second year are advised to take one or two courses in Finance in addition to the mandatory scientific courses.
  • 4 ECTS Credits of Foreign Language Courses: 2 x 2 Credits mandatory 
    Each semester, students hosted in Venezia take courses in Italian as a foreign language. These courses are mandatory and they include bothl anguage classes and cultural excursion. These courses are graded either pass or fail.

List of Courses

Mandatory Courses

First Semester:

Second Semester:

Elective Courses

Second Semester:

Second year

The objective of the second year in Venezia is to educate students in advanced methodologies and models in economics and finance, with the goals of both research orientation for further studies and practical applications.

Areas of specialization are in Quantitative Economics or Quantitative Finance. More precisely: Microeconomics, Game Theory, Finance, Insurance, Public Finance, International Economics, Industrial Economics, Behavioral Economics and Experimental Economics, Mathematical Economics, Quantitative Finance, Econometrics and Financial Econometrics .

For the selection of the specialization courses students should interact with Prof. Pelizzon ( that will help them to select the courses in line with their interests and further carriers objectives.

The structure of the studies is: Specialization courses (around 40 credits, including Foreign Language) and Master dissertation (around 20 credits)

List of Courses

First Semester:

Second Semester:


1st year courses: please see QEM1 lessons (in yellow)
2nd year course: please see QEM2 lessons (in purple)