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 two 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 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 or
Business Administration and Economics.

In the first year, students are introduced by lectures on different fields in economics and management regarding the current state of research. In the profile Economics students choose a field of specialization and take at least two Field Courses within this field. In addition, it is recommended that the dissertation is in this area. Offered fields of specialization are: Computational Economics, Dynamic Macroeconomics, Financial Markets, Game Theory and Mechanism Design, Industrial Economics, Public Economics, Statistics and Econometrics.

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.


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