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.



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!

Herman Demeze

Ghislain-Herman Demeze-Jouatsa successfully defended his thesis on "Essays on Repeated Games".



BiGSEM student, Ghislain-Herman Demeze-Jouatsa, will defend his doctoral  thesis. It will take place on Friday September 21 at 2 pm in V10-122.

ExSIDE Research Training School

The ExSIDE Research Training School will take place from the 12th of September until the 14th of September 2018 at the Bielefeld University

BGTS mobility grants

Congratulations! Ghislain Herman Demeze successfully applied for the BGTS mobility grants.

Successful ExSIDE Second Network-Wide Training Event

in March at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris. Our doctoral studens participate at these training event R. Terranova, M. Nanumyan, E. Damdinsuren, S. Reissl, F. Li, T.S. Pham ...

CEF 2018

Nine BiGSEM members actively participated and presented papers at  the 24th International Conference on Computing in Economics and Finance (CEF 2018) in Milano http://comp-econ.org/CEF_2018/.

Call for Papers

13th BiGSEM Doctoral Workshop on Economic Theory

Bielefeld University, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF)

December 10-11, 2018

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 15, 2018