Official Regulations

The central university doctoral degree regulations (Rahmenpromotionsordnung, RPO) express the institutional responsibility of Bielefeld University for all doctoral projects. These are the top priority regulations that have to be taken care of while performing a doctoral project at Bielefeld University.

The doctoral regulations (DR) of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics specify these rules with respect to the objectives of the department. This is the most relevant document for all BiGSEM doctoral students during their doctoral proceedings.

Due to regular changes of the DR, please make sure to take a look at the right version of these. Decisive for what version is relevant for you is the date of your official acceptance as a doctoral candidate.

The study regulations govern the doctoral study program Economics and Management at the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics and structures the doctoral course of studies within the framework of the Bielefeld Graduate School of Economics and Management (BiGSEM).


Central University Doctoral Degree Regulations (RPO) English, German 


Doctoral Regulations (DR, until July 14th, 2010) English&German

Doctoral Regulations (DR, July 15th, 2010 - July 31st, 2011) English&German

Doctoral Regulations (DR, since August 1st, 2011) English, German

First change of DR (August 1, 2013)

Second change of DR (February 3, 2014)

Third change of DR (April 2015)

Doctoral Regulations (new proclamation) (DR, since April 1st, 2015) English, German

Doctoral Regulations (new proclamation) (DR, since February 2018) EnglishGerman


Study Regulations (July 2018)  English, German



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"



BiGSEM student Serhat Gezer will defend his doctoral thesis. It will take place in U3-140 at 2 pm on Friday November 23.

New visiting PhD student

Elena Iakimova from University of Calabria (IT) is taking part in BiGSEM as a visiting student in the time from 01/10/2018 to 28/02/2019. Her research interests are mainly focused on energy resources.


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!