Structure of the Program

BiGSEM offers outstanding and highly-motivated graduates a doctoral Program in Economics and Management which ensures a comprehensive education in both fields. The faculty's existing achievements in the education of graduate students are complemented and enhanced in an optimal way by this comprehensive doctoral program. The graduate school meets the desire of science and society to assure the international competitiveness of European universities.

The BiGSEM doctoral program 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. A complete list of mini courses can be found here.


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.



Bielefeld-Amsterdam Fellowship

A special funding opportunity for a project with mobility Bielefeld-Amsterdam is available in 2019
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Lasha Chochua

Lasha Chochua successfully defended his thesis on "Essays in International Trade Policy and Social Choice under Ambiguity"



BiGSEM student Lasha Chochua will defend his doctoral thesis. It will take place in U3-140 at 2 pm on Wednesday January 16.

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"