During the three years of studies, BiGSEM students in the economics profile have to obtain 40 ECTS in the field of Electives, while students in the management profile have to obtain 50 ECTS within this field. Possibilities of obtaining credits are given below:

Soft Skills Seminar (1 ECTS)

Training Activity I

  • BiGSEM Field Course (4 ECTS)
  • BiGSEM Reading Course with presentation (4 ECTS)

Training Activity II

  • BiGSEM Mini Course (2 ECTS)
  • BiGSEM Reading Course (2 ECTS)
  • Language Course ( 2ECTS)
  • Participation BiGSEM Workshop (2 ECTS)
  • Participation in the Summer School (2 ECTS)
  • Participation at an international/national scientific conference (2 ECTS)

Research Activity I

  • Presentation at an international scientific conference (8 ECTS)
  • Accepted paper in a scientific journal (8 ECTS)
  • Research stay at a university other than the supervising universities (8 ECTS)
  • Research internship (8 ECTS, more than 3 months)

Research Activity II

  • Poster presentation at a conference (4 ECTS)
  • Presentation of a paper at a research seminar outside (4 ECTS)
  • Participation + Presentation BiGSEM Workshop (4 ECTS)
  • Accepted paper in a scientific journal (4 ECTS)
  • Research internship (4 ECTS, less than 3 months)

Work on Thesis

  • Economics / Finance / Management: please note the curriculum



Call for Papers



15th BiGSEM Doctoral Workshop on Economics and Management 

Bielefeld University, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) 

December 14-15, 2020 


FURTHER INFORMATION: www.bigsem.de/workshop

E-MAIL: bigsemworkshop@uni-bielefeld.de


Mariya Mitkova successfully defended her thesis on "Essays on Human Capital, Productivity and Labour Market Flows".








Bielefeld Young Researchers' Fund


Twice a year, the Rectorate of Bielefeld University grants financial awards from the Bielefeld Young Researchers' Fund
in order to support the work of young, highly qualified academics. Jasper Hepp and Roberta Terranova successully applied for a Bielefeld Completion Scholarship. Congratulations!


Funding for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie training network associated with BiGSEM!

With about 4 million Euros the European Commission is funding the innovative training network "Economic Policy in Complex Environments (EPOC)" for the next four years. It is coordinated by Bielefeld University, partner universities are Universiteit van Amsterdam, Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona, Kobenhavns Universitet, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milano, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia.

15 doctoral fellows will participate in an innovative study programme, doing research at the two European universities and at the end obtain a double degree. Seven will study at Bielefeld University and become members of BiGSEM.


Kerstin Hötte successfully defended her thesis on "Facilitation of change: Macroeconomic Studies of technology transitions".
- This was the first semi-virtuelle dissertation defense -


Torben Koch successfully defended his thesis on "On some Stochastic Control Problems arising in Environmental Economics and Commodity Markets".


'Research Seminar Management' Talk

On January 28, there will be a 'Research Seminar Management' talk in U3-140 starting from 3:00 p.m. The speaker will be Prof. Shashi Matta (https://ekvv.uni-bielefeld.de/blog/wiwi/entry/vortrag_von_prof_shashi_matta)

Victor Zapata Garcia

Victor Garcia Zapata successfully defended his thesis on "Essays on Labour Economics and International Trade".