Structure of the Programme

BiGSEM offers outstanding and highly-motivated graduates the structured doctoral programme ‘Economics and Management’ with three possible profiles in Economics, Finance and Management. The faculty's existing achievements in the education of graduate students are complemented and enhanced in an optimal way by this comprehensive doctoral programme. The graduate school meets the desire of science and society to assure the international competitiveness of European universities.

The doctoral study programme ‘Economics and Management’ is designed for three years of study and involves mandatory coursework, participation in doctoral and research seminars as well as the preparation of a doctoral thesis. Please see the detailed curriculum for further information.

Courses and Seminars

The members of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics and the Center for Mathematical Economics offer courses and seminars for the graduate students at BiGSEM. After consultation with their adviser, students may also attend the regular lectures of the faculty or be assigned special reading courses when necessary. Internationally renowned scientists visit Bielefeld on a regular basis for a few days, some weeks, or even several months and teach a mini course, a sequence of six lectures or a full semester of lectures in their area of expertise at BiGSEM. The latest results in cutting-edge research areas and up-to-date scientific approaches are presented in the school's weekly research seminar by leading scholars of their fields. Both the numerous visiting scholars and the experienced members of the faculty assure a comprehensive scientific education of BiGSEM's students.

Mini Courses

BiGSEM offers its graduate students so-called mini courses taught by visiting scientists from international, high-ranking universities. The invited guest lecturers cover topics in their respective areas of specialization. Dependent on the prior experience of the graduate students, a general survey or a more advanced treatment of a specific subject is presented.  


All required courses and seminars are taught in English. Students are urged to study German for working purposes. Introductory German courses are offered by BiGSEM in cooperation with the other graduate schools at Bielefeld University. For more information please visit  PunktUm.



New Leibniz Research Campus


Anna Zaharieva and Herbert Dawid are among researchers from Bielefeld University and the DIW Berlin, who will study economic, political and social aspects of regional heterogenity within the newly established Leibniz Research Campus "SOEP RegioHub". In their work Zaharieva and Dawid will combine the empirical analysis, mainly relying on SOEP data, with dynamic modelling appraoches. Anna Zahariava is also Co-speaker of the Campus which will receive funding from the Leibniz Association till 2024.

Funding for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie training network associated with BiGSEM!

With about 4 million Euros the European Commission is funding the innovative training network "Economic Policy in Complex Environments (EPOC)" for the next four years. It is coordinated by Bielefeld University, partner universities are Universiteit van Amsterdam, Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona, Kobenhavns Universitet, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milano, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia.

15 doctoral fellows will participate in an innovative study programme, doing research at the two European universities and at the end obtain a double degree. Seven will study at Bielefeld University and become members of BiGSEM.


Kerstin Hötte successfully defended her thesis on "Facilitation of change: Macroeconomic Studies of technology transitions".
- This was the first semi-virtuelle dissertation defense -


Torben Koch successfully defended his thesis on "On some Stochastic Control Problems arising in Environmental Economics and Commodity Markets".


'Research Seminar Management' Talk

On January 28, there will be a 'Research Seminar Management' talk in U3-140 starting from 3:00 p.m. The speaker will be Prof. Shashi Matta (https://ekvv.uni-bielefeld.de/blog/wiwi/entry/vortrag_von_prof_shashi_matta)

Victor Zapata Garcia

Victor Garcia Zapata successfully defended his thesis on "Essays on Labour Economics and International Trade".



BiGSEM student Victor Zapata Garcia will defend his doctoral thesis. It will take place in U3-140 at 1:00 pm on Monday January 13.