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) German


Study Regulations (July 2018)  English, German



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