To shorten doctoral studies and to better prepare students for the international research market were the main goalswhen the Bielefeld Graduate School of Economics and Management was established. A centralized application procedure was introduced. Applicants present themselves in front of a scientific board. A structured course program prepares students the best as possible for high competition on the national and international markets inside or outside academia. Scholarships discharge students from teaching activities. And finally the structured doctoral program BiGSEM should allow students to choose their topic of research more independently from ongoing projects or a supervisor.

In 2011, even more than this was reached. BiGSEM became a structured doctoral program with its own written study regulations. It is officially anchored in the doctoral regulations of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics. Students enroll in this program.

The average period of accomplishing a doctoral thesis is three and a half years now.
Students are coming from all over the world and frequently they are not only members of BiGSEM at Bielefeld University, but also highly integrated through various European cooperations in other European doctoral schools. In addition, doing a doctoral degree in more or less three years they also can obtain a co-tutelle de these or a joint degree. Students can spend several months at one of the European partner universities.

To mention some numbers: About 50 Mini Courses were offered by international researchers, 9 workshops joint with partners, 6 doctoral workshops were organized, and 14 international BiGSEM students were awarded with a doctoral degree by the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics.


BiGSEM Workshop

The 13th BiGSEM Doctoral Workshop on Economic Theory took place at Bielefeld University earlier this week. The annual event is entirely organized by doctoral students for doctoral students. Out of a pool of applications, sixteen speakers where invited to talk about their research in various fields of theoretical economics. All of these talks took place in the plenary hall of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research amidst the green of the Teutoburg Forest. Afterwards, everybody returned home with new ideas and concepts. Pictures

Serhat Gezer

Serhat Gezer successfully defended his thesis on "Dynamic and Strategic Analysis of Innovations"



BiGSEM student Serhat Gezer will defend his doctoral thesis. It will take place in U3-140 at 2 pm on Friday November 23.

New visiting PhD student

Elena Iakimova from University of Calabria (IT) is taking part in BiGSEM as a visiting student in the time from 01/10/2018 to 28/02/2019. Her research interests are mainly focused on energy resources.


BiGSEM happily welcomes ExSIDE students

BiGSEM happily welcomes three second year ExSIDE doctoral students who are now doing their research in BiGSEM during the academic year 2018/19:

Ms. Fen Li
Mr. Thanh Son Pham
Mr. Severin Reissl

We wish our new students a good start and much success with their academic program!