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



Bielefeld-Amsterdam Fellowship

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



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