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Master Programme Quantitative Economics (M.Sc.)

The (Research) Master’s degree programme in Quantitative Economics (QE) is organized jointly by the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics and the Center for Mathematical Economics (IMW). Its quantitative analytical approach to economics provides the relevant skills to model and solve economic problems on an abstract level and to transfer the analytic solutions to real world applications. This encourages a flexible and creative approach to complex economic issues like those found typically in the real world.

Programme

Students can choose between two different variants of the Master’s degree programme: The regular programme QE and the Erasmus Mundus programme QEM. Both offer the same contents but the QEM programme includes longer student exchanges at partner universities and enables a double degree.

Regular Programme QE

The Master’s degree programme in Quantitative Economics teaches students quantitative mathematical methods in economics and prepares them to carry out their own independent work at the cutting edge of research. In their first year, students attend obligatory courses delivering the main scientific and technological skills to carry out their own research. The University offers courses in economics that focus on different methods. Students will need to carry out research in their own specific field.

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Probability Theory and Statistics
  • Optimization

In their second year, students specialize in their chosen research field by attending in-depth lectures and seminars that will familiarize them with scientific issues and enable them to develop their own ideas on what to specialize in for the research project that will form their Master’s thesis in the fourth semester.

In each semester, students also attend supplement courses. Here, they are free to choose any courses. However, we recommend attending language courses and courses on intercultural competence when planning an exchange visit abroad. For incoming students, taking German language courses is crucial for being fully integrated.

For more information please check the curriculum.

International Exchange

Students who are interested in spending a semester (or longer) at a European partner university can apply for a regular Erasmus Socrates scholarship. Erasmus agreements have been made with various European partners. A successful application for an Erasmus grant can provide financial support for a student to spend up to 10 months in a foreign country. We advise students to spend their semester abroad during their first year of study.

Student Counselling

Academic course counselling:
Michael Günther
Room: UHG V10-135
Phone: +49 521 106-4918
qe(et)wiwi.uni-bielefeld.de

International student information and counselling:
International Office: io(et)uni-bielefeld.de.

Questions on applications and admissions:
Students’ Office: application(et)uni-bielefeld.de

 Further Links

Course information (Formalities, List of modules, etc.)

Electronic course catalogue (eKVV), including Syllabi

Center for Mathematical Economics (IMW)

Erasmus Mundus Programme QEM

Students can choose to apply for the Erasmus Mundus Programme QEM (Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics) and profit particularly from close cooperation with three European universities:

  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Università Ca’Foscari Venezia
     

A standardized curriculum at all partner universities, joint degrees and longer student exchanges at partner universities are only a few characteristics of the renowned programme.

According to the chosen track within the QEM programme each student will stay at least one semester in Bielefeld. Here, the curriculum is equivalent to the regular programme QE (see above). However for the supplement courses German language courses are mandatory: Curriculum.

It is possible for the Master’s thesis to be supervised and assessed by faculty members at two partner universities, thus giving the opportunity to obtain a double degree.

Contact / Student Counselling

QEM office Bielefeld:
Michael Günther
Office: UHG V10-135
Phone: +49 521 106-4918
qem-bielefeld(et)uni-bielefeld.de

Further Links

Official QEM website

Modules

Optimization for Quantitative Economics 24-M-Opt (7 CP)

Course Term CP
Optimization WT 3
Exercise for Optimization WT 2
List of modules

Probability Theory for Quantitative Economics – 24-M-Prob1 (7 CP)

Course Term CP
Probability Theory WT 3
Exercise for Probability Theory WT 2
List of modules

Macroeconomics 1 – 31-M-Macro1 (7 CP)

Course Term CP
Macroeconomics WT 5
Tutorial WT 2
List of modules

Microeconomics 1 – 31-M-Micro1 (7 CP)

Course Term CP
Microeconomics WT 5
Tutorial WT 2
List of modules

Optimization and Dynamics for Quantitative Economics 24-M-OuD (7 CP)

Course Term CP
Optimization and Dynamics ST 3
Exercise for Optimization and Dynamics ST 2
List of modules

Econometrics 1 31-M-Ectr1 (7 CP)

Course Term CP
Statistic and Econometric Models ST 5
Tutorial ST 2
List of modules

Macroeconomics 2 1-M-Macro2 (7 CP)

Course Term CP
Macroeconomics ST 5
Tutorial ST 2
List of modules

Microeconomics 2 – 31-M-Micro2 (7 CP)

Course Term CP
Microeconomics WT 5
Tutorial ST 2
List of modules

Elective Courses 1 31-M-El1 (12 LP)

Students choose lectures, seminars or practical exercises from the regularly offered topics in: Evolutionary Game Theory, Topics in Microeconomics, Social Choice, Information Structures, Risk Allocation and Prices in Financial Markets, Cooperative Game Theory, Optimal Taxation Labour Economics, Differential Games, Computational Economics, Topics in Macroeconomics, Topics in Econometrics, Computational Statistics, Empirical Methods in Economics, Topics in Finance, Topics in quantitative Methods.

For further informations see List of modules.

Elective Courses 2 31-M-El2 (8 LP)

Students choose lectures, seminars or practical exercises from the regularly offered topics in: Evolutionary Game Theory, Topics in Microeconomics, Social Choice, Information Structures, Risk Allocation and Prices in Financial Markets, Cooperative Game Theory, Optimal Taxation Labour Economics, Differential Games, Computational Economics, Topics in Macroeconomics, Topics in Econometrics, Computational Statistics, Empirical Methods in Economics, Topics in Finance, Topics in quantitative Methods.

For further informations see List of modules.

Elective Courses 3 31-M-El3 (8 CP)

Students choose lectures, seminars or practical exercises from the regularly offered topics in: Evolutionary Game Theory, Topics in Microeconomics, Social Choice, Information Structures, Risk Allocation and Prices in Financial Markets, Cooperative Game Theory, Optimal Taxation Labour Economics, Differential Games, Computational Economics, Topics in Macroeconomics, Topics in Econometrics, Computational Statistics, Empirical Methods in Economics, Topics in Finance, Topics in quantitative Methods.

For further informations see List of modules.

Master Thesis – 31-M-Master (28 CP)

Course Term CP
Mastercolloquium WT&ST 6
List of modules

Supplement Courses – 31-M-IndErg_QE (8 CP)

Regelungen zur Ausgestaltung des Individuellen Ergänzungsbereichs ergeben sich aus der Masterprüfungsordnung (fw.): Der Individuelle Ergänzungsbereich dient der individuellen Profilierung. Für den individuellen Ergänzungsbereich sind aus dem Studienangebot der Universität Bielefeld frei wählbar:

  • Module
  • speziell modularisierte oder strukturierte Angebote

Darüber hinaus können Praktika und anderweitig erworbene Leistungspunkte nach Maßgabe der nachfolgenden Regelungen eingebracht werden. Soweit die Fächerspezifischen Bestimmungen nichts anderes vorsehen, haben Studierende weiterhin die Möglichkeit, im Umfang von bis zu 12 Leistungspunkten, einzelne Modulelemente (in der Regel Lehrveranstaltungen) in den Individuellen Ergänzungsbereich einzubringen.

Leistungspunkte, die anderweitig im Rahmen eines Hochschulprogramms erworben wurden und durch eine anerkannte Bildungseinrichtung bescheinigt werden, können ohne weitere Überprüfung durch die Universität Bielefeld in den Individuellen Ergänzungsbereich eingebracht werden.

Soweit im Masterstudiengang Praktika vorgesehen oder spezielle fachspezifische Praktikumsmodule wählbar sind, können hieran anknüpfend für individuell verlängerte Praktikumsphasen Leistungspunkte vergeben werden. Das Einbringen entsprechender Praktikumsphasen bedarf der vorherigen Zustimmung der nach Paragraf 22 zuständigen Stelle, die ebenfalls die Entscheidung über die Anzahl der zu vergebenden Leistungspunkte trifft. Grundsätzlich wird je vollständiger Arbeitswoche im Praktikum ein Leistungspunkt (1 LP) vergeben.

Soweit Angleichungsstudien für den Masterzugang zu erbringen sind, können entsprechend erworbene Leistungspunkte in den Individuellen Ergänzungsbereich eingebracht werden.

For further informations see List of modules.

 

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