The three-year doctoral program consists of 180 ECTS, each year 60 ECTS. Students obtain ECTS for successfully passed Field Courses, Mini Courses (intensive one-week lectures with a workload of half a Field Course), the BiGSEM Colloquium, the Research Seminar and their research work for the dissertation. In addition, ECTS are assigned to Electives. In the BiGSEM Colloquium students present their own work or discuss relevant papers at least once a year, whereas in the Research Seminar talks are mainly held by outside speakers. Students are required to attend both seminars during the semester. Participation in language courses, presentations at (international) conferences, internships or participation in reading courses are some of the options to obtain Elective Credits. Work performed at the partner universities is fully accredited within BiGSEM.

Students choose one of three profiles:

It is possible to switch between profiles during the program, given that the corresponding required courses have been completed.

The Economics profile presupposes above-average knowledge in the subjects microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, largely corresponding in content and scope to the first-year courses of the Master study course Quantitative Economics at Bielefeld University.

The Finance profile presupposes above-average knowledge in the subjects finance 1, finance 2 and microeconomics or macroeconomics, largely corresponding in content and scope to the first-year courses of the Master study course Mathematical Economics, profile Finance, at Bielefeld University.

The Management profile expects above-average knowledge in those branches of business administration corresponding in content and scope to the “Advanced Business Studies“ profile in the Master program Business Administration & Economics.

In case, students do not fulfill these prerequisites, it is required to successfully complete
the respective courses prescribed for the Master program Quantitative Economics, Master program Mathematical Economics (profile Finance), or Business Administration and Economics.

In the first year, students are introduced by lectures on different fields in economics, finance and management regarding the current state of research. During the second and third year, students concentrate on writing their dissertation. Students participate in the BiGSEM Colloquium and in the Research Seminar each semester as well as in workshops together with researchers from the international partners.

The work on the doctoral thesis is supervised by two faculty members, where in case of a co-tutelle de these one of the two supervisors is member of a partner university. After the submission of the thesis a defense is required to complete the doctoral degree. If the dissertation project was carried out in cooperation with a partner university a joint defense is organized at one of the two universities in accordance with regulations of both partners. For all BiGSEM students the doctoral regulations of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics apply.

The doctoral regulations of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics apply for all participants.


IMW Summer School

The IMW (Center for Mathematical Economics Bielefeld University) organizes a Summer School on "Equilibria in Financial Markets: General Equilibrium and Game Theoretic Perspective" to be held at Bielefeld University in the week July 08 - July 12, 2019. For more information please visit http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/imw/summerschool19/

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 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